Staff Listing

Society and Senior Administrative 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).

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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.


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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 ten years he has worked with Canada’s History in a variety of roles related to education, awards, and online programming. He has published two features in Canada’s History Magazine – Vimy Revisited (Apr/May 2007) and Their Finest Hour (Dec/Jan 2016). He is currently the Director of Programs.

Jean-Philippe Proulx, Education and Community Coordinator, Montreal

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.

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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 and Design

James Gillespie, Art Director, 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, Designer/Producer, Winnipeg

Andrew has been with Canada's History since 2011. His many roles include graphic design for web and print, video production, podcast production, photography, and content development. His career as a creative professional has spanned the fields of architecture, branding, marketing, and publishing.


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Melony Ward, Publisher, Toronto

Melony Ward joined Canada’s National History Society in 2014. She is an award-winning leader in the cultural and not-for-profit media sectors. At the society, Melony is responsible for multiplatform media programs, as well as special projects. Her areas of expertise are media strategy, marketing, partnership development, government relations, audience engagement, revenue generation and project management.

She is an enthusiastic cultural advocate, and is inspired by the power of art, writing, and history to help us understand our contemporary lives. She holds an MA in philosophy from the University of Toronto.

Melony is 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.

Canada's History Magazine

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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

Nelle joined Canada’s History magazine in 2007 as senior editor after a career in daily news journalism with The Canadian Press, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and CanWest News Service. She has lived and worked in Ontario, Manitoba, and Newfoundland. A graduate of the journalism program at Niagara College in Ontario, she also attended the University of Manitoba, where she majored in political science and history.

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Phil Koch, Associate Editor, Winnipeg

Among his duties for Canada’s History magazine, Phil coordinates books coverage in print and online and serves as a copy editor. He has worked for arts and culture magazines and journals, with a national daily news service, and for other publications as an editor, copy editor, writer and photographer. Also a part-time graduate student, he has won the Canadian Association of University Teachers Award for Excellence in Education Journalism and a Western Magazine Award.

Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids

Nancy Payne, Editor, Lindsay, Ontario

As the editor of Kayak, our magazine for young readers, Nancy has been working since 2011 to bring Canada’s history alive by highlighting the captivating people and happenings that make our past so fascinating. Nancy holds Bachelor and Master of Journalism degrees from Carleton University. A former CBC Radio producer, she has also served as editor of the children’s magazine WILD and its grown-up counterpart Canadian Wildlife. She has extensive experience as a radio and print freelancer, as well as in corporate communication.

Websites and Social Media

Tanja Hütter, Online Manager, Winnipeg

Tanja Hütter began with Canada’s History in 2003 as Web Editor. In addition to overseeing, she is responsible for revitalizing the Beaver Index. 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. In her role as the Online Engagement Coordinator, she creates and shares engaging digital content that directly connects Canada’s History Society with a variety of history oriented communities, such as, teachers, museum and history professionals, and academic historians.

Throughout her education, Jessica developed a strong interest in understanding the different ways history is collected and shared. Jessica graduated with a Master’s degree in Public History from the University of Western Ontario in 2014. She remains active in this public history community in Canada and internationally through the National Council on Public History. 

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