Board of Directors
President: Andrea Beverley is an Assistant Professor in the English department and the Canadian Studies program at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. Before moving east in 2013, she completed doctoral studies in Études anglaises at the Université de Montréal. Her research interests include Canadian women's writing, Canadian feminism, zines and alternative print culture, and literary archives. She is currently conducting SSHRC-funded research on the groundbreaking 1983 Vancouver Women and Words conference.
Vice-President: Renée Hulan is Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Saint Mary's University. She is the author of Northern Experience and the Myths of Canadian Culture (MQUP 2002), Canadian Historical Writing: Reading the Remains (Palgrave 2014), and Climate Change and Writing the Canadian Arctic (Palgrave 2017). She served as co-editor of the Journal of Canadian Studies with Donald Wright (2005-2008) and is also editor of Native North America: Critical and Cultural Perspectives (ECW 1998) and with Renate Eigenbroad, Aboriginal Oral Traditions: Theory, Practice, Ethics (Fernwood 2008).
Secretary/Treasurer: Kevin Spooner is an associate professor of North American Studies and History at Wilfrid Laurier University, and a former Coordinator of the North American Studies Program. He engages in teaching and research about the history of Canadian foreign policy, more particularly Canada's contribution to international peacekeeping and Canada's place in the world, from the 1940s to the 1960s. His current projects address the impact of decolonization on Canadian relations with Africa.
Member at large: Jaime Yard is a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Douglas College in New Westminster British Columbia where she teaches introductory courses in social and cultural anthropology, gender and sexuality and political ecology. She was first drawn to both Anthropology and Canadian Studies in in an effort to make sense of her experiences as a Canada World Youth—Newfoundland/Jamaica—exchange participant in her youth. After completing her B.A. in Anthropology at Simon Fraser University and time spent working in the non-profit sector she went on to complete a M.A. and PhD in Social Anthropology at York University. The resulting dissertation Working Natures: An Ethnography of Love, Labour and Accumulation on the British Columbian Coast received the Canadian Studies Network - Réseau d'études canadiennes Dissertation Prize and the York University Barbara Godard Dissertation Prize in Canadian Studies in 2013. She is excited to serve as the Canadian Studies Network Member-at-Large.
Graduate Student Representative: Eyitayo Aloh is a PhD Candidate in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University, Peterborough. His research focuses on the representation and portrayal of Black/African Canadian Identity in Literature and Popular Culture. Eyitayo has authored four Children's books, contributed to poetry and prose anthologies and is a regular writer and columnist for New Telegraph Newspaper, Nigeria.
Past President: Jane Koustas is a Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario where she also directed Canadian Studies. She served as the Craig Dobbin Professor of Canadian Studies at University College Dublin for 3 terms. Koustas was Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities at Brock University and served as the Academic Convenor for Congress 2014.
Professor Koustas' research interests include English-Canadian literature in translation, translation theory and practice, translation history in Canada, Quebec theatre and theatre translation. She is the co-editor of four books, Canadian Studies: Past, Present, Praxis with Christl Verduyn, Translating from the Margins : Traduire depuis les marges with Denise Merkle et. al., Robert Lepage: Théàtre sans frontières: essays on the dramatic universe of Robert Lepage with Joe Donohoe and Vision/Division: l'oeuvre de Nancy Huston with Marta Dvorak. Professor Koustas published Les belles étrangères : Canadians in Paris. She is currently working on book on the theatre of Robert Lepage tentatively entitled "Robert Lepage in Toronto: Transforming Theatre and Translation Practice."