In alphabetical order

Edward Dunsworth, McGill University
Farm labour; migrant labour; temporary foreign worker programs

Edward is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University and a historian of migration, labour, and Canada in the World. His current book project, Harvesting Labour: Tobacco and the Global Making of Canada’s Agricultural Workforce (McGill-Queen’s University Press) uses a case study of tobacco farm labour in 20th century Ontario to examine the histories of farm labour and temporary foreign worker programs in Canada. An active public historian, he is a member of the editorial collective at and a frequent contributor to popular publications.

Fluency: English 


Craig HeronYork University
Labour Movement

Craig Heron is a professor at York University, a past president of the CHA, and editor for the University of Toronto Press. He has authored several notable works on Canadian social history, including The Canadian Labour Movement: A Short History (1989, 1996) and Booze in Canada: A History (2003).

Fluency: English

Alvin FinkelAthabasca University
Labour history, rights and issues, and social policy

Alvin Finkel has published extensively in Canadian Labour and Social History. He also co-authored one of the most widely used Canadian history textbooks in undergraduate teaching, History of the Canadian Peoples, in two volumes (Pearson Education, 2005).

Fluency: English 


Steven High, Concordia University
Displaced workers, factory closures in Canada/United States

Steven is Professor of History at Concordia University’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. He is an interdisciplinary oral and public historian with a strong interest in transnational approaches to working-class studies, forced migration, and community-engaged research. He has headed a number of major research projects, most notably the prize-winning “Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide and Other Human Rights Violations,” and is currently leading the transnational SSHRC-funded partnership project “Deindustrialization & the Politics of Our Time.” 

Fluency: English

Peter McInnis, St. Francis Xavier University
Labour history, rights and issues, and social policy

Peter McInnis researches Labour and working-class history, North America and the Cold War era, and the social history of post-war Canada. He is the author of Harnessing Labour Confrontation: Shaping the Postwar Settlement in Canada, 1943-1950 (2002). He remains active in the field and in the area of post-secondary unionization with his role in the Canadian Association of University Teachers national executive and the Academic Freedom and Tenure committee.

Fluency: English

Jeremy Milloy, Trent University

Jeremy is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies, Peterborough, Ontario who is currently working on an interdisciplinary project on the historical relationship between addiction and work under capitalism in the United States and Canada, 1965-1995.

Fluency: English 

Jason Russell, Empire State College – SUNY
Canadian, American, Management/Business, Labour and Working-Class

Jason Russell is an Associate Professor of Labour Studies at Empire State College – SUNY in New York State.  He completed a Ph.D. in History at York University, and is the author of several books and articles relating to labour and working-class history and management and business history. 

Fluency: English 


Joan Sangster, Vanier Professor Emeritus, Trent University
Women and work, trade unions and social movements

Joan Sangster taught in the History, Canadian Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies departments at Trent University. A past president of the CHA/SHC and fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, she is currently co-editor of the Canadian labour history journal, Labour/le travail. Her books include Transforming Labour: Women and work in Post-war Canada, Earning Respect: The Lives of Working Women in Small –Town Ontario and Girl Trouble: Female Delinquency in English Canada.

Fluency: English

Julia Smith, University of Manitoba
Gender and work, unions and labour relations, worker organizing

Julia Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Labour Studies Program at the University of Manitoba on Treaty 1 territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation. Her research and teaching focus on the political economy of work and labour relations in North America and the history and politics of women’s labour activism. She has published articles on feminist union organizing, labour relations in the banking industry and child care sector, and the work experiences and labour militancy of flight attendants.

Fluency: English

Janis Thiessen, University of Winnipeg
Business history, labour history, and the history of food

Janis Thiessen specializes in business history, labour history, and the history of food. Her research approaches include oral history, public history, and digital history. Her books include Manufacturing Mennonites (UTP 2013), NOT Talking Union (MQUP 2016), Snacks (UofM Press 2017), and Necessary Idealism (CMU Press 2018). Her current research involves the Manitoba Food History Truck (  

Fluency: English

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