Board of Directors
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).
Vice-President: Pamela V. Sing is Professor Emerita in Franco-Canadian and Québécoise literatures at the Faculté Saint-Jean, the Francophone campus of the University of Alberta. She is the co-editor, co-author, or author of Marguerite-A. Primeau, première femme de lettres du Far Ouest canadien (2019), Impenser la francophonie : recherches, renouvellement, diversité, identité… (2012), Littératures, langues et sociétés autochtones: quatre essais et une bibliographie (2010), Alberta, village sans mur(s) (2005), Communautés francophones. Espaces d'altérités (2001), and Villages imaginaires : Édouard Montpetit, Jacques Ferron et Jacques Poulin (1995). She served as director of the Institut d’études canadiennes housed at the FSJ 2015-2018.
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: Gemma Marr is a PhD candidate in the Production of Literature program at Carleton University in Ottawa. Her research focuses on representations of gender and sexuality in Atlantic Canadian literature, with particular attention to the function of the family and the ‘home-place’ in contemporary fiction. Gemma also serves as the vice president of finance for the English Graduate Student Society at Carleton, and writes book reviews for Atlantic Books Today. She is deeply committed to supporting her peers and promoting student voices in academia, and is excited for the opportunity to work with the Canadian Studies Network.
Past 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.