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Society Senior & Administration Staff

Janet Walker

President & CEO, Winnipeg


Janet Walker joined Canada’s History as President & CEO in September 2014. She is an experienced not-for-profit executive and fundraising professional with a passion for history and commitment to the development of collaborative partnerships. Janet has provided strategic planning, revenue development, group facilitation and communications support to clients in the arts, tourism, education, urban development and health sectors through her former Winnipeg-based management consulting practice.

As Executive Consultant to The University of Winnipeg Foundation, Janet played a key role in the successful “A World of Opportunity” capital campaign that raised over $70 million in support of her alma mater. She served as Public Affairs Manager for the tri-government Winnipeg Core Area Initiative; was the first Executive Director of Tourism Winnipeg; and provided leadership for the Health Sciences Centre Foundation as Executive Director. She brings expertise in public speaking and communications; media and government relations; national and international marketing initiatives; project management and negotiation.

Louise Humeniuk

Major Gifts Associate, Winnipeg


Louise Humeniuk joined Canada's History in the fall of 2015.

Patricia Gerow

Director, Finance and Administration, Winnipeg


Patricia Gerow holds both a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Management Accountant designation. Prior to joining Canada's History Society, she worked in a variety of industries including transportation, warehousing, agriculture, construction and property insurance. She also serves as Treasurer for the Prairie Valley Area of Girl Guides of Canada and is the past Treasurer for the Manitoba Provincial Rifle Association (1989 to 2003).

Danielle Chartier

Marketing and Circulation Manager , Winnipeg


Danielle joined Canada's History in 2001 as a Member Services Representative, following a long career in banking. Since that time, the Society has gone through significant changes, most notably the conversion of its circulation department and the launch of Kayak magazine. As Marketing and Circulation Manager, Danielle supervises the fulfillment services, while also assisting with both fundraising and subscription campaigns. In addition to the Society's fundraising activities, she has also done volunteer work for the Manitoba Lung Association and the Manitoba Kidney Foundation.


Joel Ralph

Director of Programs, Winnipeg


Joel Ralph is a passionate public historian working to share his love of history with a wider audience and community. After graduating from Queen’s University in Kingston with an honours degree in History he completed the Master’s in Public History program at the University of Western Ontario. Over the past seven and a half years he has worked with Canada’s History in a variety of roles from Intern to New Media Manager. He is currently the Director of Programs.

Jean-Philippe Proulx

Education and Community Coordinator, Montréal


Jean-Philippe joined Canada's History in 2010. After completing a B.A. (History) in 2000 at Laval University, he obtained two diplomas in art history and education before finishing in a Master's in architecture history in 2004 (also at Laval). Over the past few years he has worked for the Conseil du patrimoine religieux du Québec, the Historica foundation and the University of Montreal. His experience with these organization has been in the areas of research, event planning and program coordination.

Joanna Dawson

Community Engagement Coordinator, Winnipeg


A Newfoundlander/Winnipegger, Joanna joined Canada’s History in 2011 after obtaining her MA in Public History from Western University. She has worked and volunteered in the heritage sector, gaining experience in collections, research, exhibition, and interpretation, as well as a good insight into the opportunities and challenges facing heritage institutions today. Joanna supports the Society’s growing awards and educational programs, and coordinates content for the Education channel at

Art Direction & Design

James Gillespie

Art Director, Canada’s History and, Winnipeg


James Gillespie joined Canada's History in 2009 as Web Designer. He became the Art Director for Kayak in December 2010, but still maintains his role in New Media projects.

Andrew Workman

New Media Designer, Winnipeg


Andrew has been with Canada's History since 2011. His role as New Media Designer includes graphic design for web and print publications, interactive and UX design, video production and editing, and content development. His career as a creative professional has spanned the fields of architecture, branding, publishing and printing.

Publishing - Canada's History Magazine

Melony Ward

Publisher, Toronto, Ontario


Melony Ward joined Canada’s History Society in 2014. She has more than two decades of leadership experience working in the cultural sector. As executive director and publisher at the Canadian Art Foundation, she expanded its education programs across the country, created youth school programs, collaborated with Bravo! on a television series, launched the national RBC Canadian Painting Competition, and published the award-winning Canadian Art magazine. She has also held the executive publisher role at Azure and Designlines magazines, and managed the international AZ Awards for Design Excellence.

She is actively involved in the cultural sector – currently on the board of the National Magazine Awards Foundation; formerly on the board of Magazines Canada and industry advisory committee for the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Mark Reid

Editor-in-Chief; Director, Content Development, Winnipeg


Formerly the assistant news editor at CanWest News Service in Winnipeg, Mark is a graduate of both Dalhousie University and the University of King's College with extensive experience as a journalist and editor in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Alberta, and Manitoba. His editorial background includes co-ordinating and executing national news coverage for CanWest's 11 major dailies; overseeing the development and launch of the University of Calgary's award-winning weekly newspaper; and editing OnCampus Quarterly magazine.

Nelle Oosterom

Senior Editor, Winnipeg


Previously a senior copy editor at CanWest News Service in Winnipeg, Ms. Oosterom also worked at CBC Radio in Manitoba and the Canadian Press national news service in both Manitoba and Newfoundland, where she held key reporting and editing positions–most notably, serving as CP's Winnipeg Bureau Chief. A graduate of Niagara College's journalism program, Ms. Oosterom began her reporting career at the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal. She also attended the University of Manitoba, where she majored in political science and history.

Phil Koch

News and Reviews Editor, Winnipeg


Phil coordinates the Currents and Reviews sections of Canada’s History magazine as well as online news and books coverage. An editor, writer, and part-time graduate student, he has worked on several arts and culture magazines and journals, including co-founding and co-editing the culture magazine Tart. Phil was a copy editor with the Canwest News Service and served in several capacities with the Canadian university student press, winning the 2006 Canadian Association of University Teachers Award for Excellence in Education Journalism.

Publishing - Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids

Nancy Payne

Editor, Lindsay


Nancy Payne received both her Bachelor and Master of Journalism from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario. Ms. Payne brings to our team extensive experience in writing for young readers, most recently as editor of the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s publications WILD and Canadian Wildlife/Biosphère.

Publishing - Digital Media

Tanja Hütter

Online Manager, Winnipeg


Tanja Hütter began with Canada's History in 2003 as Web Editor. In addition to overseeing, she was responsible for revitalizing the Beaver Index and expanding it to include Kayak articles and GG-award-winning lesson plans. This online resource contains over 16,000 records covering content from October 1920 through to December 2010. Ms. Hütter was also the project coordinator for Fur Trade Stories, a collection of primary and secondary resources related to fur trade history and the Hudson's Bay Company.

Specializing in International Relations and German at the University of Manitoba, her more noteworthy accomplishments prior to joining the Society include being Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Natural Health (a 1998 Benjamin Franklin Award winner) and Editor of, a content-rich website with sophisticated e-commerce functionality devoted to everything art.

Jessica Knapp

Online Engagement Coordinator, Winnipeg


Jessica Knapp joined Canada’s History Society in 2014. She was introduced to historical publishing for both academic and general audiences while earning her honours degree in History and English Language and Literature at the University of Windsor. While completing her Master’s in Public History at the University of Western Ontario, she sought out a position with the Society.

Jessica stays active in the public history community by developing and fostering relationships with a variety of public historians in Canada, including museum curators, archivists, community groups, teachers, and students. Her goal within the Society is to encourage Canadians to learn, share, and engage with Canadian history.

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