Know History’s core team is comprised of formally trained historians, each with their own unique skills and subject-matter expertise, and all with a shared passion for unlocking the past for our clients. If you would like to join the Know History team check out our current job postings.
Ryan Shackleton, MA/
As Director, Ryan is involved in most aspects of the company. He has more than 15 years’ experience in historical consulting, and expertise in both Arctic and Métis histories. Ryan has worked throughout Canada on hundreds of projects and relies on his broad network to build an exceptional team for every one of Know History’s clients.
Connie Wren-Gunn, MA/
As Associate Director, Connie manages the company’s corporate policy development, culture, and communications. She is a project lead with extensive archival research experience, training in artefact and document cataloguing, and a keen interest in oral history interviewing and research. With a background in corporate communications, Connie brings exceptional writing skills to our team, authoring many of Know History’s reports.
Emily Keyes, MA/
Leader, Western Operations/
Emily manages Know History’s Western operations from our office in Calgary. She also manages our social media presence and outreach to community partnerships. Emily leads many of Know History’s Traditional Knowledge studies and is skilled in community consultation and workshop facilitation. She is also an expert genealogist with experience researching digital and paper records.
Stacey Devlin, MA/
Stacey is a meticulous archival researcher who excels at digital history and historical GIS services. She complements many of our projects with ingenious digital solutions that often speed up the research process, or encourage a deeper level of analysis. Stacey is also skilled at genealogical research, and employs Social Network Analysis methodologies to interpret and evaluate historical kinship and community data for our clients.
Alice Glaze, PhD/
Alice is an award-winning historian with a keen interest in the digital humanities and extensive research experience in both Canadian and British history. She takes pride in producing high-quality work for a broad set of clients, and is proficient in genealogical research, database design, Social Network Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Alice particularly enjoys bringing together the historical and the digital with each new project.
Elina Hill, MA/
A bilingual researcher, Elina has worked with Indigenous organizations to research land use and reserve creation, transcribe and help analyze interviews for TKLU studies, and write cultural heritage overviews. She has worked with all aspects of oral history, from planning research and interviewing, to providing transcripts and analysis. Elina has also led workshops on oral history practice and qualitative research. She has over a decade of experience helping clients write and refine materials on a range of subjects.
Anna Kuntz, MA/
Anna has significant experience working in a variety of private, corporate and government archival institutions across the country, and specializes in genealogy research in both digital and paper formats. A skilled image research expert, Anna has reviewed hundreds of thousands of photos, and is just as comfortable securing image rights, captioning, and tracking credits, as she is at ensuring that our clients get the best images for their needs.
Heather Perrault, MA/
A fluently bilingual researcher, Heather has gained a reputation at Know History for her exceptional community consultation management skills. She has worked with Métis organizations in Ontario and Alberta, and excels at heritage evaluations and genealogical research. Heather also contributes her team management, archival research, and interpretive writing expertise to many of our museum-based projects.
Alison Begley, BComm/
Human Resources Manager/
Alison has over 15 years of experience working with private companies in Human Resources. She manages Know History’s payroll and benefits and assists with corporate policy development; but her particular expertise is in recruitment and contracting. Alison’s strength lies in finding the kind of passionate people Know History wants on its team, and ensuring our team members get the chance to develop their potential and reach their career goals.
Brittney Bos, PhD/
Brittney is a published historian who specializes in commemoration, built heritage, art/artifacts, and other ways we remember the past. She has participated in a variety of heritage and commemorative studies throughout Ontario and has been involved in numerous projects related to Indigenous peoples in Canada. Brittney is a thorough archival researcher who is particularly skilled at finding documents related to built heritage, commemoration, and genealogy.
Nick Bridges, MA/
Nick is a historical researcher who has experience with archival and online materials. He is specialized in studying press material and popular media and tracking historical travel networks, and also has a background in examining historic landscapes and environments. Nick uses his passion for history and attention to detail to research and collect the most pertinent documents for Know History’s clients.
Todd Brown, MA/
Todd has a background in historical research and environmental science. He has previously worked with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada providing research services and writing reports for the Residential School Settlement Agreement. Todd also has experience providing GIS services, genealogy research, and conducting map biography interviews.
Matthew Cain, MA, PhD Candidate/
Matthew has an expert knowledge of the history of Canada in the nineteenth-century, with a focus on Confederation. With training in Indigenous studies, he approaches history using not only political and economic vantage points, but also social history and cultural identity. Matthew’s expertise also includes genealogical research, archival cataloguing methods and the history of Ottawa’s early cultural and scientific communities.
Emily Cuggy, MA/
Emily specializes in genealogical research, built heritage, and collections management. Skilled at writing and editing, Emily has applied these talents to a number of print and online projects. She has also worked on several oral history projects as an interviewer and transcriber. As co-producer of Know History’s podcast, Notice History, Emily focuses on audio editing, production, and creative direction.
Jessica Di Laurenzio, MA/
Jessica is a public historian who has worked in museums, archives, libraries, and historical societies. She has a background in archival research and collections, and experience with digital history and built heritage. Jessica is adept at genealogical research and her eye for detail is a particularly invaluable addition to many of Know History’s projects.
Paige Foley, MA/
Paige’s background includes a variety of heritage and cultural memory projects within Canada and the Netherlands. With expertise in both museum and built heritage topics, her research has explored themes such as colonialism, reconciliation and diplomacy. Skilled in several methodologies, she frequently incorporates site and discourse analyses within her research, in addition to oral interviews.
Zeina Gabriel, MA/
Hailing from Lebanon, with a background in Chemistry and Archaeology, and a decade of work in administration, Zeina is channelling her passion for reading, researching, and writing into her meticulous work at Know History. In 2019, Zeina will complete her MA thesis in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies on child marriage among Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey.
Leanne Gaudet, MA/
Leanne is a published art historical researcher who specializes in Canadian art and women’s histories. She has worked on projects involving the history of Canadian photography, material culture studies, Canada 150 initiatives and art gallery exhibition preparation. Leanne has a background in Art History, art gallery practices and collections management.
Nick Johnston, MA/
As an adaptive historical researcher, Nick has worked on projects exploring Canadian folk history, foreign policy, and urban development. Familiar with both digital and physical archival collections, he is skilled in locating and digitizing records. With Know History, Nick has transcribed oral history interviews on a variety of subjects. He also puts his eye for detail to work in citing, organizing, and preparing document collections to support our reports.
Joseph Le Bane, BA/
Joe is a historical researcher who has experience in online materials, genealogy, and records digitization. Joe has previously worked with a multitude of Canadian authors covering a variety of Canadian political and social issues both as an editorial coordinator and an indexer. Joe is an organized and conscientious researcher dedicated to ensuring a quality product for Know History’s clients.
Nicole Marion-Patola, PhD/
Nicole is a fluently bilingual historical researcher with extensive experience with both digital and traditional archival collections. She has contributed her planning and interviewing expertise to many different projects, and has experience with oral history analysis and transcription, and genealogical research.
Casandra Masse, MA/
Casandra is a bilingual researcher with a background in historical research, archaeology, and museums. She has worked as a collections manager, museum curator, archaeologist, and on repatriation projects around the world, including Thailand, England, and the Caribbean. Her passion for history is shared through volunteering at local museums and publishing newspaper articles.
Keely McCavitt, MA/
With a background in the repatriation of ancestral remains in Southern African countries, Keely is an experienced researcher who has worked in museums nationally and abroad. She has worked in collections management and exhibition maintenance both professionally and academically. Keely brings communication, digital and archival research, and community consultation skills to Know History’s projects, and is a co-host on the weekly Know History Podcast, Notice History.
Kurtis Montgomery, MA/
Kurtis has honed his passion for history through his work at museums, archives, and universities in research, report writing, and handling of historical artifacts. With a keen interest in military history, Kurt’s primary area of study is Canadian popular culture, especially the study of pool halls, pinball machines, and concert venues in small towns.
Robin Mullins, MA/
Robin has extensive experience conducting research for corporate companies. She specializes in delivering market research for a variety of business needs, including competitive intelligence, strategic planning, licensing programs and business cases. Robin is also proficient in both archival and genealogical research. She is co-producer of Know History’s podcast, Notice History.
Multimedia and Creative Designer/
Olga is responsible for creating visual solutions for print and digital media communications for Know History. She has extensive experience in graphic arts, digital communications and production processes. To say Olga is passionate about design, art history and photography is an understatement. During the last two decades, her technical skills and creative abilities have helped Olga to successfully blur the line between work and play.
Jesse Roberston, MA/
Jesse is a historical researcher who has worked on projects involving Aboriginal history, built heritage and heritage landscapes. He has significant experience conducting archival research and implementing oral history projects. Jesse is a published author who has written heritage reports for Parks Canada, articles and entries for Canada’s History, Historica Canada and The Canadian Encyclopedia.
Tannys Sharp, BA/
Tanyss has experience and training in genealogical and online research as well as document analysis. She has extensive research experience in both European/British history and women’s and gender studies. Tanyss is a skilled writer with a meticulous eye for detail and applies these skills to all projects she undertakes.
Sarah Smith, BA/
A bilingual historian who is also familiar with German, Sarah has a strong background in interpretation, both abroad and in Canada, where she has worked with the federal government, national institutions, and local museum networks. Her skills include sourcing, transcription and analysis of textual archival documents (both digital and physical), microfilm analysis, genealogical research, and an understanding of digital humanities, publication principles, museum studies and education.
Kierstin Stewart, MA/
Kierstin’s background includes museum exhibit, collections management, archival research, oral history interviewing, and culture and heritage education work in both Ottawa and the Cayman Islands. She recently expanded her knowledge of Canadian history as a volunteer for the City of Ottawa Museums. Kierstin currently applies her valuable archival and genealogical research skills to our projects.
Karina has over eight years of experience as a Project Coordinator and Office Manager. With her background in business management and event planning, she is able to manage our day-to-day operations efficiently and enthusiastically. Karina’s past experience with Coca Cola, HBO, Ottawa Tourism and Algonquin College brings a unique perspective to the Know History team. She plays a key role in helping us maintain our reputation for exceeding client expectations.
Thomas Van Dewark, MA/
Thomas has a background in environmental and social history. To assist with this work, he combines traditional research techniques with Mathematica-based digital research and contemporary oral history methods. Thomas has been involved with multiple Canada 150 projects, museum exhibitions, and Traditional Knowledge research conducted in collaboration with the County of Lambton and local First Nations.
Kirsty Walker, MA/
With an Advanced Diploma in Applied Museum Studies, Kirsty has experience working in museums, archives, and libraries, and specializes in collections management, collections care, artifact digitization, and archival description and transcription. Working closely with donors and institutions, she has completed archival and online research for a variety of exhibitions, collections, and educational programming purposes. She is a skilled genealogical researcher, and has experience transcribing oral history interviews.
Paige Walker, MA/
Paige has a background in religious and social history, with a focus on gender studies. Familiar with print and digital archives, Paige has worked as a transcriptionist of oral history interviews and has extensive experience working with ecclesiastical records. She has exceptional writing skills and has worked as a Book Review Editor and a Writing Councillor. Paige now contributes her research skills and passion for history to our projects.
Sara Wilmshurst, MA/
Sara is a relentlessly curious historical researcher with a background in health history, food history, and the history of charitable organizations. She has performed extensive online and archival research, is proficient in genealogical research, and also has training and experience in fundraising. Sara enjoys writing and her portfolio ranges from the academic to the journalistic.