Board of Directors

Michael Rea, Chair, Toronto

Michael Rea earned a degree from the Ivey Business School in 1965 and a Chartered Accountant degree in 1968 while working at Price Waterhouse. A former Chair of the Canadian Magazine Publishers Association, Michael held a variety of roles at Key Publishers in Toronto, Including board member, shareholder, and Vice-President, Finance and Administration.

He served as a board member and Treasurer of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and when expansion at NCC led to the need for more management, was appointed Chief Operating Officer and later a Vice-President. Michael retired from NCC in 2009 and has volunteered there since then, lately as President of American Friends of Nature Conservancy Canada. Michael supports several environmental causes and is on the Heritage Committee of the Toronto Golf Club. In 2002, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for his work with Canadian Geographic Magazine. He grew up in Oakville and has lived in Toronto for 40 years with his wife Barbara. He has 2 adult sons and 3 grandchildren.

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Tim Cook Governor General's History Awards Winner, Historian, Ottawa

Dr. Tim Cook is a historian at the Canadian War Museum. He was the curator for the museum’s First World War permanent gallery, and he has curated numerous temporary, travelling and digital exhibitions. He is the author of eleven books and they have won the C.P. Stacey Prize for Military History (twice), the Ottawa Book Award (twice), the RBC Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, and the J.W. Dafoe Book Prize (twice). Vimy: The Battle and the Legend (2017) was an award-winning book and a number one national best-seller. In 2018 Cook published The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great War. In 2012, Dr. Cook was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian history and in 2013 he received the Governor General’s History Award (The Pierre Berton Award). He is a frequent commentator in the media and he is a Member of the Order of Canada.

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Michèle Dagenais, Historian, Montreal

Michèle Dagenais’ main area of research is cities, seeking to demonstrate that the physical organization of cities shapes the way in which they are governed and contributes to the structuring of social relations and policies at this level. Michèle has published a monograph on the transformation of the relationship between Montreal and water in seeking to restore the role of water and its successive transformations in the process of urbanization of this city since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Since then, she has continued her work on the history of the environment to the larger scale of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River system. Michèle is also interested in issues related to writing and public uses of history, theoretical and practical. She has participated in various debates and reflections on the teaching of history, and has collaborated in the development of exhibitions or production of historical documents for various audiences.

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Edward S. Kennedy, President and CEO, The North West Company, Winnipeg

Edward Kennedy is President & CEO of The North West Company, having served in a number of senior management positions in both the U.S. and International divisions of the company as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer respectively. Edward is very proud of the heritage of his company and is a history enthusiast and longtime supporter of Canada’s History. He chaired the United Way campaign in Winnipeg, and through The North West Company is actively involved in a number of health and economic development initiatives to support Aboriginal communities in the North. Edward serves on several boards of non-profit organizations as well as being a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Associates of the Asper School of Business (Faculty of Management, University of Manitoba), and the Business Council of Manitoba.

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Michèle Leduc, President, Creative Director and Strategist, ZIPCOM, Montreal

Michèle Leduc has contributed to the success and notoriety of a number of brands, both in Québec and Canada. Throughout her 25-year-strong career, Michèle has handled mandates for some of Montréal’s most renowned agencies. In 1984, she landed her first job with Vickers & Benson, then went on to work with Ogilvy & Mather, Chiat Day, Publicis and FCB. As a Copywriter, Creative Lead and finally Creative Director, she worked on various regional, national and international brands. Michèle founded her own agency, ZIP Communication, in 2000. An efficient strategist with a result-driven approach, she offers her clientele a highly diversified experience in communication and marketing, demonstrating a great capacity to exceed the expectations of her clients as well as to initiate relevant and effective solutions.

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Bruce MacLellan, President & CEO, Proof, Inc., Toronto

Bruce MacLellan is a proud Canadian and entrepreneur. The Proof family of companies operate in five offices across North America with a team of over 200 people and provide communications and public affairs services to more than 100 active clients including corporations, foundations and governments. In 2016, Bruce founded an annual in-depth study of trust levels of Canadians in our society, institutions and leaders. The Proof CanTrust Index is made public and available for use at no cost by schools, businesses, government and individuals. As an active volunteer, Bruce has served as Chair of the National Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, and the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation. He received the Vision Award in 2016 from the Ontario Land Trust Alliance for his work in using social media to promote conservation. He is the author of two local history books: Post Cards from Lake of Bays and Back Again at Lake of Bays.

Sharon McAuley, Publishing and Marketing Consultant, Toronto

Sharon McAuley is a print and digital publishing and marketing consultant, speaker and seminar leader, as well as the co-founder and publisher of Prior to launching her consulting business, she was most recently Vice-President Group Publisher of the Urban Group, St. Joseph Media, overseeing the day-to-day operations of Toronto Life, Ottawa Magazine, Quill & Quire, and Where Canada.

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Sasha Mullally, Associate Professor, History, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Sasha Mullally holds a doctorate in history from the University of Toronto, where she studied Canadian and American history with a specialization in the social history of medicine and health. Prior to joining the Faculty at the University of New Brunswick in 2009, she was Co-Director of the History of Medicine Program at the University of Alberta (2008–2009). Dr. Mullally teaches and supervises graduate students in the history of medicine and health care, Canadian social history, women’s history, the history of the Atlantic region and digital history. Her current research projects include the gendered professional and community roles of women physicians in rural and small town practices. As well as collaborating on other projects, she is examining the transnational history of physician migration in the second half of the twentieth century, looking “outward” from Canada.

Stephen Thomas, Chairman & Executive Creative Director, Stephen Thomas Ltd., Toronto

Stephen Thomas has been described as both the ‘Guru' and the 'Godfather' of Canadian direct response fundraising. Though he started off life as a historical geographer and a teacher, he has been a fundraiser for well over 30 years. Stephen's early career began with Oxfam Canada as Development Director, where he established their direct mail program as Canada's first modern and scientific use of the medium. In 1980, he founded Stephen Thomas Associates (now Stephen Thomas Limited), Canada's first direct response fundraising agency working exclusively in the not-for-profit sector. Over the years, Stephen has worked with thousands of charitable and not-for-profit organizations in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He was Canadian Ambassador of the International Fundraising Conference (IFC) from 1993–2008, serving as Chair in 2004 and 2005. In 2012 Steve published 30 Letters that Changed the World.

As a resident and former businessman in the Beaches of Toronto, Stephen carries his belief of involvement and political activism to his own community where he has been a basketball coach for twenty-four years at Malvern C.I.

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William Wicken Governor General's History Awards Winner, Historian, Toronto

William Wicken is Professor of History at York University in Toronto and teaches broadly on various aspects on Canada’s history. He is the author of two monographs, including The Colonization of Mi’kmaw Memory and History: The King vs. Gabriel Sylliboy, 1794-1928, which in 2013 won the Sir John A. Macdonald/Governor General’s award for Scholarly Research. Professor Wicken has testified as an expert witness in 17 court cases relating to aboriginal constitutional issues, including four which have been heard on appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also worked for various governments. In 2015 he was appointed to a New Brunswick government’s EIA panel. He is currently writing a book, which examines the movement off reserve of Six Nations community members, a book focusing on the life story of his maternal grandfather’s family who integrated into the urban working class of early 20th Century Hamilton.

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Joseph E. Martin, President Emeritus and Past Chair 1997–2001, Toronto

Following graduation from United College (now known as the University of Winnipeg) in 1959, with an honours Arts degree, Joseph E. Martin embarked on a varied and successful business career. He served as the Executive Assistant to the Honourable Duff Roblin, Premier of Manitoba. He completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 1983. He was a Partner in what is now Deloitte Consulting, serving as Partner in Charge of Canada and Chair of the Global Consulting Committee. He is now Director of Canadian Business History at the Rotman School of Management. Past president of the Manitoba Historical Society, Past Treasurer of the Ontario Historical Society, Mr. Martin joined the Board of Canada's National History Society in 1994, and served three consecutive terms, stepping down from the Board in June 2003. He is Founding President of the Canadian Business History Association.

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Rolph Huband (1929–2016), Founding Publisher, Oakville

Former Vice-President and Secretary of Hudson's Bay Company, it was Rolph Huband's vision, initiative and leadership that established the History Society and for which he was named Founding Chair in recognition of his contributions. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Huband held dual positions as Chairman of the Board of the History Society and Publisher of The Beaver, the publication with which he had been closely associated since 1960. He was responsible for the shift in focus from a magazine about the North to one of general Canadian history, which led to an increase in The Beaver's circulation and visibility. In August 2003, Mr. Huband was appointed to the Order of Canada.

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