Staff Listing

Posted March 15, 2021

Management Team

Janet Walker, President & CEO, Winnipeg

Janet Walker oversees the strategic direction and overall operations of the Society across its many platforms, including: Canada’s History magazine (formerly The Beaver), Kayak: Canada’s History Magazine for Kids; and, as well as the administration of The Governor General’s History Awards. A leader in fund development and capacity-building, Janet joined Canada’s History in 2014. Previously, Janet provided leadership and guidance in strategic planning, revenue development, facilitation, government relations, and communications for clients in the arts, tourism, education, urban development and health sectors.

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Joanna Dawson, Director of Programs (on leave), 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

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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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.

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Melony Ward, Publisher & Director, Business Development, 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.

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Olya Vrublevsky, Manager, Fund Development, Winnipeg

Olya Vrublevsky joined Canada’s National History Society in early 2021. She is a highly creative and results-driven strategic thinker and fundraiser with entrepreneurial passion, drive and vision. At the Society, Olya is responsible for all aspects of fund development and recognition programs, as well as donor reporting and communications, gift management, and sponsorship. She is well-versed in handling fiscal accountability for significant income requirements as well as dedicated to leading and participating in the execution of major fundraising programs and special events.


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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.

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, and Art Director of Canada’s History in 2013 but still maintains his role in new media projects.

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 Archive. This online resource contains over 16,000 records covering content from October 1920 through to December 2012. Tanja 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.

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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.

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.

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.


Brooke Campbell, Acting Director of Programs, Calgary

Brooke Campbell began at Canada’s History in 2018 as the inaugural Nobleman Scholar and now works from her home in Calgary as a program coordinator. Brooke supports the organization’s education and recognition programs, including the Governor General’s History Awards, Canada’s History Forum, and Heritage Fairs and Young Citizens programs. She also coordinates educational content, resources, and lesson plans for the website. Brooke holds a Master’s degree in public history from Western University and has experience in research, heritage interpretation, and program development.

Kylie Nicolajsen, Program Coordinator, Winnipeg

Since joining Canada’s History in January of 2020 as an intern to develop the Storytelling Pilot Project, Kylie has had the opportunity to work closely with heritage organizations. Now in a program coordinator role, she supports many of the Society’s ongoing and upcoming programs. Kylie holds an Honours B.A. in anthropology from the University of Manitoba and is a former intern for Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal.

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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