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Executive, Council and Committees of the CHA

The Executive carries on the day-to-day activities of the CHA, while the Council oversees CHA policy and direction. Elected to a three-year term, each Council member is also responsible for a specific “portfolio,” such as membership or prizes, and usually participates in a larger Council committee that deals with publications, communications, outreach, or advocacy. Please feel free to contact Executive or Council members.


President - Joan Sangster (Trent)

joan_2015_pic_cropped.jpgJoan Sangster teaches in Gender and Women’s Studies and the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent University, where she is currently serving as the Dean of Graduate Studies. Her scholarly work addresses themes concerning working women, the labour movement, the Canadian Left, the criminalization of women and girls, Aboriginal women and the law, and feminist historiography. Joan is the author of five monographs, including Earning Respect: The Lives of Women in Small-town Ontario, which won the Harold Adams Innis prize, and recently, Transforming Labour: Women and Work in Postwar Canada, which received an honourable mention for the CHA’s John A. Macdonald Prize. She has co-edited five books, and her articles have appeared in disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals in Canada and abroad. Her contributions to women’s and gender history over the past thirty years were recently drawn together in a collection, Through Feminist Eyes: Essays in Canadian Women’s History. Two of her essays won the Canadian Committee on Women’s History’s Hilda Neatby Prize, and one the Canadian Historical Review prize.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a recipient of a Killam fellowship, and was the Seagram Visiting Professor at McGill’s Institute for the Study of Canada, as well as a visiting professor at Princeton University and Fulbright Chair in Canadian Studies at Duke University. Joan has served on CHA Council, as co-editor of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association and is currently an associate editor of Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas. She is also a long-time member of the Canadian Committee on Women's History and was President of the Canadian Committee on Labour History.

Email - Joan Sangster
Canadian Museum of History Portfolio

Vice-President - Adele Perry (Manitoba)
adele_perry.jpgAdele Perry is Professor of History and Senior Fellow at St John’s College at the University of Manitoba, where she has taught since 2000.   Perry is a historian of gender, comparative colonialism, and western Canada, especially in the nineteenth-century.  She has published On the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race, and the Making of British Columbia, 1849-1871 (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2001), and Colonial Relations: The Douglas-Connolly Family and the Nineteenth-Century Imperial World (London, Cambridge University Press, 2016).  She has co-edited four volumes of Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women’s History, co-edited two volumes of essays, co-edited the Second Edition of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, and was book review editor of the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History.  From 2003 to 2014 Perry held a Tier I Canada Research Chair. Perry has been Chair of the Canadian Committee on Women’s History and has served on the CHA nominations committee and as co-organizer of the annual meeting.  Perry is currently at work on a short history of settler colonialism and Winnipeg’s municipal water supply written for a broad audience, which will be published as  Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources and the Histories We Remember (Winnipeg, Arbiter Ring Publishers, 2016).  You can find her on twitter at @AdelePerry.

Email - Adele Perry
Publications Portfolio

Treasurer - Jo McCutcheon (Ottawa)


Jo holds her doctorate in Canadian history from the University of Ottawa and teaches full time in the History department. Her teaching areas include digital history, children, youth and gender, First Nations, Inuit and Metis experiences with an emphasis on Indigenous education and microhistory research methods. She is also an active member of several CHA affiliated committees including, History of Children and Youth Group, the Canadian Committee for Digital History and the Public History Group. Her current academic research focuses on the ways historians and researchers can use hair to learn more about the construction of gender and growing up in a North American context and is currently working on two collaborative initiatives. The first is related to a national survey of history students in Canada and the second is developing a digital archive for the work of pioneering psychiatrist, Adolf Meyer. Since 1987, Jo has worked as a researcher, historian and consultant in Ottawa, merging her knowledge of public and private research projects while maintaining ties, memberships and relationships with the academic community. She has also served as a Board Member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and as a SSHRC program committee member.

Email - Jo McCutcheon
CHA Annual Meeting - Liaison with CHA Annual Meeting Program Committee & Teaching Portfolio

French-Langage Secretary - Martin Laberge (UQO)

After obtaining his B.A. and M.A. at UQAM, Martin received his PhD from the Université de Montréal in 2006. He is Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences Sector at l'Université du Québec en Outaouais where he teaches contemporary European history and the history of international relations. Martin is currently conducting a research project on the role of the Department of the Navy in the development of French foreign policy in the thirties and forties. His book, La mer de tous les espoirs. La quête de puissance française en Méditerranée, 1930-1940 (L’Harmattan, 2011), will be published this year. Martin is also a member of the GIHRIC (Groupement interuniversitaire pour l’histoire des relations internationales contemporaines).

Email - Martin Laberge
CHA Bulletin Editor


English-Language Secretary - Robert Talbot (Ottawa)

Robert Talbot is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of New Brunswick, where he is studying the history of Francophone/Anglophone rapprochement in the twentieth century. He completed his PhD in History at the University of Ottawa, where he has also taught Canadian history in both French and English. In addition to having presented at various academic conferences, he has published scholarly articles on political, military, Aboriginal and biographical history, as well as federalism and current affairs. His book, Negotiating the Numbered Treaties: An Intellectual and Political Biography of Alexander Morris (Purich, 2009), won the 2009 Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education and the 2009 Manitoba Historical Society’s Margaret McWilliams Award for Scholarly History. Robert has also worked in policy and research for both Canadian Heritage and Aboriginal Affairs Canada. In 2011 he was appointed to the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba Speakers Bureau, and from 2011 to 2013 served on the executive of the Canadian Historical Association’s Political History Group.

Email - Robert Talbot
CHA Bulletin Editor



Tarah Brookfield (WLU)

brookfield.jpg Tarah Brookfield holds history degrees from McGill University (BA 1998), University of Waterloo (MA 1999), and York University (PhD 2009). She is cross-appointed in History and Child and Youth Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford campus. In 2012 she published her first book, Cold War Comforts: Canadian Women, Child Safety and Global Insecurity (WLU Press) which was a finalist for the Canada Prize for the Social Sciences. Her research interests are in Canadian women’s and children’s political activism during the First World War, Cold War, and Vietnam War and representations of gender, childhood, and war in television and film. She has been actively involved in two affiliated committees of the Canadian Historical Association. She is currently the co-chair of the History of Children and Youth Group (2011-2014) and is an executive member of the Canadian Committee on Women’s History (2012-2014).
Email - Tarah Brookfield
Affiliated Committees Portfolio

Lara Campbell (SFU)


Lara Campbell is Associate Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and  Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University, where she teaches Canadian gender and women’s history, the  history of feminist theory, and the history of social movements. She earned her PhD in History from Queen’s  University, MA from the University of Toronto, and BSW and BA from McMaster University.  She is the a  author of Respectable Citizens: Gender, Family, and Unemployment in Ontario’s Great Depression (UTP  2009), co-author with Willeen Keough of Gender History: Canadian Perspectives (Oxford 2014), and co- editor with Dominique Clément and Greg Kealey of Debating Dissent: Canada and the Sixties (UTP 2012). She  is currently working on a SSHRC-funded study of the gender politics of antiwar protest in the Vietnam era and  co-editing a collection on the history of war resistance in Canada.

 Email - Lara Campbell
Prizes Portfolio - John Bullen, Clio & Albert B. Corey



Lisa Todd (UNB)


 Lisa Todd is Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the University of New Brunswick in  Fredericton, N.B.  She teaches courses on Germany and Modern Europe, historiography, gender and sexuality,  the First World War, and the Holocaust. She obtained degrees from the University of Toronto (Ph.D.), Royal  Holloway College, University of London (MA) and the University of New Brunswick (BA).  Lisa is the director  of the new Network for the Study of Civilians, Soldiers and Society at the Gregg Centre for the Study of War  and Society, and is completing a book entitled Sexual Treason: Soldiers and Civilians in First World War  Germany. Lisa's new research considers the work of women anthropologists who studied and categorized  "mixed race" peoples during the Third Reich.   She was a member of the Program Committee for the 2011  CHA Annual Meeting held in Fredericton, and is keen to increase CHA membership among non-Canadianists.

 Email - Lisa Todd
Equity and Diversity & Teaching Portfolios


Catherine Gidney (St. Thomas)



Catherine Gidney is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at St. Thomas University. Her research focuses on the histories of education, youth culture, health, religion, physical culture and food.  She is the author of A Long Eclipse: The Liberal Protestant Establishment and the Canadian University, 1920-70 (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004) and Tending the Student Body: Youth, Health and the Modern University (University of Toronto Press, 2015). Most recently she co-edited Worth Fighting For: War Resistance in Canada from 1812 to the War on Terror (Between the Lines, 2015). She is bilingual and has served on a wide range of funding and award committees.

Email - Catherine Gidney
Prizes Portfolio - François-Xavier Medal, Sir John A. Macdonald, Wallace K. Ferguson & Jean-Marie Fecteau



Esyllt Jones (Manitoba)


Esyllt Jones is a historian of Canada who specializes in infectious disease, health care and urban social history. She is the author and co-editor of several award-winning books, including Influenza 1918, Epidemic Encounters (with Magda Fahrni)and Imagining Winnipeg. Associate Professor of History at the University of Manitoba, she has served the profession as a member of the Awards to Scholarly Publications (ASPP) Publications Committee, and as member and Chair of the CHA Clio Prize for the Prairies. She sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of Labour/leTravail, is Associate Editor of Manitoba History, and has served on the editorial boards of two publishers. Dr. Jones is the co-editor with Adele Perry of the People's Citizenship Guide. In 2014, she was named to the inaugural cohort of the New College of Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada, in recognition of scholarly achievement and her commitment to history beyond the borders of the academy.

Email - Esyllt Jones
Advocacy Portfolio


Jarrett Rudy (McGill)

rudy_rotated.jpgJarrett Rudy is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University where he teaches Quebec and Canadian History. He was Director of the McGill Quebec Studies Program (2005-2011) and is currently the President of the organizing committee for the 2015 annual meeting of the Institut d’histoire de l’Amérique française.  He sits on the Quebec Consultative Committee on CEGEP Liberal Arts Programmes and has served as an expert witness in an ongoing tobacco court case. A socio-cultural historian, he is the author of The Freedom to Smoke: Tobacco Consumption and Identity (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005) as well as articles in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, Histoire sociale/Social History, Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française, Globe: Revue internationale d’études québécoise and the Canadian Historical Review. He co-edited Quebec Questions: Quebec Studies in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press, 2011), co-edits the McGill-Queen’s University Press series Studies in the History of Quebec and is a member of the Montreal History Group. Currently he is writing a history of time telling in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Quebec.

Email - Jarrett Rudy
Outreach and Partnerships & IHAF Portfolios


 Jim Clifford (Saskatchewan)


Jim Clifford is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan.  He researches the environmental history of Britain and the British World during the long-19th century. He uses digital methods including historical GIS and text mining to explore the global environmental consequences of London's growing industrial economy.  In addition to this research, he is a founding editor of and works to promote the importance of historical knowledge in addressing current and future social and environmental challenges.

Email - Jim Clifford
History Departments Portfolio


Sarah Glassford (UPEI)

Sarah Glassford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Prince Edward Island, and has previously taught at the University of New Brunswick at Fredericton, Carleton University, and the University of Ottawa (where she held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Nursing History Research Institute).  She earned her PhD in History from York University, and her MA and BA from the University of Western Ontario.  She is the author of From Battlefields to Blood:  The Canadian Red Cross Society, 1885-1970 (MQUP 2016) and co-editor of A Sisterhood of Suffering and Service:  Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland in the First World War (UBC 2012).  Her current project looks at rural women’s WWI voluntary work.  She is a past Associate Editor of the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, a founding member of the Canadian Network in Humanitarian History, and co-editor of the Canada’s First World War series on

Email - Sarah Glassford
 Libraries and Archives Portfolio 


Alison Norman (OMIRR)

alison_norman.pngAlison Norman is a Research Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation in Toronto, as well as a Research Associate in the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies & Indigenous Studies at Trent University. She earned her Ph.D. and B.Ed. from OISE/University of Toronto, and her M.A. and B.A. from Queen’s University. She recently held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Trent University in which she began a research project focused on the history of Indigenous teachers in southern Ontario in the 19th century, and she worked as a researcher for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She just completed a three year term on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Historical Society, and is currently the Book Review Editor for Ontario History. She has published in Indigenous history, women’s history and commemoration history. She also teaches courses in Indigenous history at the University of Toronto.  She was previously a Co-Chair of the Graduate Students Committee of the CHA, in which she conducted a study of 125 Canadian graduate students to study their concerns with pregnancy and childcare issues; results were published in the CHA Bulletin in 2008.

Email - Alison Norman
Libraries and Archives Portfolio



Joanna Pearce (York)

Joanna L. Pearce is a Ph.D. candidate at York University. She has represented graduate students at all levels, including within her department, her faculty, and on university-wide committees, as well as in joint committees within her union. She has also spear-headed a peer-mentoring program for teaching assistants, advocated for accessibility for graduate students with disabilities, and has hosted some really fun social events. Her research focuses on blind people in nineteenth century Canada.

Email - Joanna Pearce
Teaching Portfolio



Executive Director - Michel Duquet

michel_au_gg2_2015.jpgMichel holds history degrees from the University of Toronto (Honours B.A., 2000 and M.A., 2001) and the University of Ottawa (PhD, 2006). His doctoral thesis touches on the subject of informal justice at Quebec City under the French Regime. Michel has been with the CHA since 2008.

 Email - Michel Duquet








Esyllt Jones

* Canadian Museum of History
Esyllt Jones
Joan Sangster

* Libraries and Archives
Sarah Glassford 
Alison Norman

Affiliated Committees
Tarah Brookfield

Annual Meeting of the CHA -  Programme Chair 2016
Nancy Janovicek

Annual Meeting of the CHA - Liaison with Program Committee
Jo-Anne McCutcheon

CHA Bulletin Editors
Martin Laberge
Robert Talbot

Equity and Diversity
Lisa Todd

Graduate Student Liaison
Joanna Pearce

History Department Chairs (Liaison)
Jim Clifford

IHAF Liaison
Jarrett Rudy

International Committee of Historical Sciences Liaison
Laurence Monnais - Chair (2015-2020)
Catherine Carstairs
Eva Plach

Nominating Committe
Nancy Janovicek (2015-2017)
Laura Madokoro (2015-2017)
Matthew Hayday (2016-2018)
Laura Ishiguro (2016-2018) 

Outreach and Partnerships
Jarrett Rudy

1. Bullen / Clio / Corey
Lara Campbell

2. Ferguson / Garneau / Macdonald
Catherine Gidney

Adele Perry

* Immigration and Ethnicity in Canada Series
Marlene Epp            

* Journal of the Canadian Historical Association (#1 and #2)
Jacqueline Holler, UNBC (2014-2017)
Béatrice Richard, RMCSJ (2016-2018)
Robin Jarvis Brownlie
, U of Manitoba (2016-2019)

* Short-Books Series
Pierre-Yves Saunier

Joanna Pearce
Jo-Anne McCutcheon
Lisa Todd

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