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Amy Buchan

Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation

Amy Buchan has over 20 years of experience working in nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and higher education in southwestern Pennsylvania and abroad.  Before joining Rivers of Steel, Amy held positions as the Director of Development at the American University of Rome (Italy); Director of University Advancement at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary); and Senior Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations at Chatham University (Pittsburgh). Amy first worked with Rivers of Steel on the Born of Fire partnership during her 12 year tenure as Associate Director / Director of Development and Finance at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art (Greensburg).  That project featured a large-scale exhibition of the Museum’s industrial landscape paintings that traveled through Germany and Poland and led to major transatlantic educational partnership.  She is the author of “From the Ruhr Valley to the Steel City and Back” a chapter in Museums in the Global Context, published by the American Alliance of Museums in 2013. Amy presented on the Born of Fire Project at TICCIH in Freiberg, Germany in 2009.

Amy holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Applied Piano from Westminster College (PA) and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Duquesne University.

In her role at Rivers of Steel, Amy oversees daily operations, including finances, budgets, grants, projects, programs, policies, and general business practices, among other duties. Amy’s passion for preserving the region’s industrial history is a tribute to her own heritage—her paternal grandfather was a Blacksmith at Latrobe Steel and her maternal great-grandfather was a coal miner. Amy is particularly interested in the intersection of our industrial heritage with the arts as well as the cultural traditions of the many immigrants who worked in the mines and mills.

Amy spends her free time reading and cooking, exploring the region’s parks, and biking and running on the Great Allegheny Passage. She lives in Homestead with her two world-traveling cats.

Sessions in which Amy Buchan attends

Sunday 28 August, 2022

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM | 2 hours

Monday 29 August, 2022

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
9:30 AM
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM | 30 minutes
5:30 PM
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes

Si la vallée du canal de Lachine a été le berceau de l’industrialisation canadienne, la géographie industrielle métropolitaine ne s’y est pas confinée, peu s’en faut, Outre les grandes concentrations d’entreprises des quartiers centraux, elle est constituée des réseaux infrastructuraux, d’une douzaine de centrales hydroélectriques et des ensembles manufacturiers disséminés dans une quinzaine de petites villes aujourd’hui intégrées dans l’aire métropolitaine. La conférence proposera un surv...

Gérard Beaudet

Keynote speaker

Tuesday 30 August, 2022

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
7:30 PM
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM | 1 hour

Wednesday 31 August, 2022

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes
3:15 PM
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM | 1 hour 45 minutes

This tour offers an excursion on a privatized deck of Montreal's bateau-mouche; a playful guided tour that takes in some of the city's industrial landmarks from the St. Lawrence River.The tour is priced to cover additional costs; the fee includes access to the bateau-mouche, the tour and a drink.Departure will be on foot from the conference venue; boarding is at 3:45 p.m. at the l...

Thursday 1 September, 2022

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
1:30 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes

This lecture will argue that the landscapes of industrial heritage that can be found in different parts of the world are directly related to the place-specific trajectories of deindustrialization. In other words: the different ways in which deindustrialization impacts on local communities has a direct bearing on the emergence of forms of industrial heritage. I will differentialte between deindustrialization paths and related industrial heritage regimes in a) Anglo-...

Friday 2 September, 2022

Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
9:00 AM
12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | 1 hour
1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes
3:30 PM
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM | 1 hour 30 minutes

In the refusal of people in communities abandoned by industrial capital to abandon their own places, we can read an implicit critique of the mobility and unaccountability of capital, raised by those who were once inside (however tenuously or uncomfortably) and now find themselves marginalized, “left behind.” The desire to catch up again, whether through attracting new investment or transvaluing abandoned sites as tourist attractions, makes this an essentially conservative critique that is ...

6:30 PM
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM | 3 hours

Come and share the good times of the congress and celebrate your scientific and professional discoveries in a former fruit jam factory, Usine C, built in 1913 and transformed at the end of the 1970s into a place for creation and dissemination.Discover Montreal's gastronomy thanks to an exceptional caterer. Learn about Montreal's musical heritage and the history of the industrial district that brought it to life. Then hear and experience Quebec's musical tradition as you are carried ...