University Service

Since my arrival at Trent University, I have served on the Northern Studies Committee (2019-), Research Policy Committee (2019-20), and Senate (2020-).

From 2007-15, I served as Chair of the St. Jerome’s University (SJU) Department of History. Although a small department of three full-time faculty, this involved the hiring of contract instructors for up to a dozen courses, scheduling, liaison with the University of Waterloo History Department on undergraduate and graduate affairs, managing the departmental budget, and general administration.  It also involves membership on Academic Committee, which meets monthly or bi-weekly, and serving as the undergraduate adviser.

I served as an SJU representative on the University of Waterloo Senate from 2009-12, and as a faculty representative on the SJU Board of Governors from 2014-16.

I have chaired the search committee for a tenure-track assistant professor in Canadian history at St. Jerome’s (2008), and served on other hiring committees in History (2006), English (2012), and Legal Studies and Criminology (2007).

In fall 2006, I was cross-appointed to the Legal Studies and Criminology program and served as a member of the Legal Studies Advisory Board from 2007-09.

I was part of the Global Governance MA Program selection committee at the Balsillie School for International Affairs in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

As the SJU Research Grants Officer from 2006-09, I encouraged faculty to apply for research grants and served ex officio on the Research and Scholarship committee which awards annual faculty research grants.  I acted as chair of the Research and Scholarship committee from 2007-10.  Other SJU committees on which I have served include Academic Planning (2014-15); President’s Nomination (2015-16); Building (2011); and 150th Anniversary (2012-13). I also was nominated by the Federated University and Affiliated Colleges to represent them on the University of Waterloo Vice-President, Academic & Provost Nominating Committee in 2013.

Professional Service

My professional service is diverse, including the following affiliations outside of my home universities:

I am a member of the Arctic Security Working Group, a forum for information sharing and cooperation amongst federal and territorial government departments, Aboriginal organizations, non-government organizations and other stakeholders operating in the North, since 2009.

I have served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC) (2015-20), Canadian Canoe Museum (2020-), and Champlain Society (2019-).

I currently serve on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program, School for Public Policy, University of Calgary, 2020-25.

I served as a member of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station Advisory Council (led by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada), tasked with overseeing the development of the research program and facility in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.  I was the social science and humanities representative on this federal and territorial advisory group.

From 2011-13, I served as co-chair of the Arctic Peoples and Security Working Group, Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation and Canada Centre for Global Security Studies (CCGSS) Arctic Security Program, a four-year program to improve public policy in the Circumpolar Arctic, with Udloriak Hanson (formerly of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami). My contributions to the program included a series of Arctic dialogues and substantive policy research on critical issues.

Since 2015, I have been a Senior Fellow with the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary History, Trinity College and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.

I have been a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute) since 2009.

I have been a Research Associate with the Arctic Institute of North America based in Calgary, Alberta, since 2004.

I am also an Associate Air Force Historian with the Office of Air Force Heritage & History, a Research Associate with the Wilfrid Laurier Centre for Military and Strategic Disarmament Studies, and a Research Fellow with the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary.   

I served on the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Awards to Scholarly Publications Program Committee, 2013-2016; and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowships Committee, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 (in latter two terms as committee chair).

Other professional scholarly activities include:

Award and Scholarship Committees:

  • Canadian Historical Association (CHA) Political History Group Article Award committee, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016.
  • CHA Aboriginal History Award committee, 2009-12. (Chair 2010-11)
  • CHA Clio North Award committee, 2006-09.
  • Canadian Northern Studies Trust Committee, 2016-19.

Conference and Workshop Co-organizer:

  • Trent University – Canadian Pugwash Group Webinar Series on Arctic Security (in lieu of Pugwash’s annual conference), January 2021 (virtual).
  • Advancing Collaboration in Canada-U.S. Arctic Regional Security (ACCUSARS) Workshop, organized in partnership with the Arctic Domain Awareness Center, Anchorage, Alaska, 17-18 September 2020 (virtual).
  • Arctic Trix: How Could Russian and Chinese Near Peer Competition Surprise Us? conference, co-hosted by hosted by the North American and Arctic Defense and Security Network (NAASDN), the Center for Resilient Communities (CRC) at the University of Idaho, and the Department of Homeland Security, Global Strategies (DHS), 2-3 June 2020 (virtual).
  • Russia’s Arctic Interests: Implications for Circumpolar Relations and Canada’s Arctic Foreign Policy conference, Montreal, 2 December 2018.
  • “An Important International Crossroads”: Implementing Canada’s Arctic Priorities in Strong, Security, Engaged conference, Ottawa, 10-11 October 2018.
  • People, Politics, and Purpose: Biography and the Structure(s) of Canada since 1939 – A Conference Inspired by the Scholarship of John R. English, Trinity College, University of Toronto, 17 May 2018.
  • Russia’s Arctic Interests: Implications for Canadian Defence, Security, and Foreign Policy, Canadian Forces College, Toronto, ON, 23-24 March 2018.
  • The Confederation Debates workshop, St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo, ON, 11 February 2017.
  • A Comprehensive Approach to Canadian Security and Safety in the Arctic: Discerning Opportunities for Academic-Practitioner Collaboration workshop funded the DND Defence Engagement Program, hosted at Joint Task Force (North) Headquarters, Yellowknife, NT, 2 December 2016.
  • One Arctic? The United States and the Arctic Council workshop hosted at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, April 2016.
  • Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic conference, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History / Centre for Foreign Policy and Federalism, Toronto, ON, January 2016.
  • Understanding Arctic Sovereignty and Security: A Generative Workshop, St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo, ON, June 2015.
  • Arctic Peoples and Security: Designing Public Policy for the 21st Century Arctic, Toronto, January 2013.
  • Arctic Sovereignty and Security Symposium, Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies and Canadian Forces College, Toronto, October 2009.
  • Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) / Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) Young Scholars Conference, Waterloo, November 2005.
  • Laurier Centre for Military and Strategic Disarmament Studies Military History Colloquium, St. Jerome’s University and University of Waterloo, May 2005, May 2008.

Conference Program Committees:

  • Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) history co-chair for the 2007 biennial conference, Toronto, Ontario.
  • CHA Program Committee for the 2007 annual meeting, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
  • Advisory Council, Committee for the National Conference on Canadian Content and the Internet, April 2001-January 2002

Elected co-chair, CHA Graduate Students’ Committee, 2001-2003.

I am a frequent session chair, facilitator, and discussant at academic conferences.

Peer-Reviewer and Editorial Work

Professional obligations include acting as a peer reviewer on manuscripts submitted to journals and academic presses, in addition to adjudicating grant applications.

Manuscript reviewer for:

  • University of British Columbia Press
  • McGill-Queen’s University Press
  • Routledge
  • University of Calgary Press
  • University of Manitoba Press
  • University of Toronto Press

Peer-reviewer for article submissions to:

  • Acadiensis
  • American Review of Canadian Studies
  • Arctic
  • Arctic Yearbook
  • Canadian Geographer
  • Canadian Foreign Policy Journal
  • Canadian Historical Review
  • Journal of Borderlands Studies
  • Journal of Forestry Studies
  • Journal of the Canadian Historical Association
  • Journal of Canadian Studies
  • Journal of Military and Strategic Studies
  • Journal of Military History
  • Journal of Tourism Futures
  • Native Studies Review
  • Northern Review
  • Polar Geography
  • Polar Record
  • Polar Research
  • Social History/Histoire sociale
  • Urban History Review
  • Yearbook of Polar Law

Peer-reviewer (including Tenure and Promotion):

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Calgary Institute for the Humanities
  • Canada Research Chair program
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
  • McMaster University
  • Royal Military College of Canada
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • University of Saskatchewan

External review:

  • Algoma University History Department, December 2011

Editor. Landmark Northern Canadian Legal Cases and Trials series. Trent Centre for the Study of Canada (2020-).

Editor. Northern Canadian Life Stories Series. Trent Centre for the Study of Canada (2020-).

Co-editor. Documents on Canadian Arctic Sovereignty and Security series. Centre for Military and Strategic Studies/Centre on Foreign Policy and Federalism (2014-). With Adam Lajeunesse.


Editor, Arctic Security Working Papers series, Munk-Gordon and ArcticNet Arctic Security Projects (2012-14). 9 working papers published.

Editorial Boards:

  • Canadian Military History (2010-)
  • Journal of Historical Biography (2008-)
  • Northern Review (2010-)
  • Book and Multimedia Review Editor, Journal for Military and Strategic Studies (2000-01)

Parliamentary Committees and Presentations

I have spoken with parliamentarians and appeared before parliamentary committees on several occasions:

  • Witness before the Special Senate Committee on the Arctic, Ottawa, ON, 18 March 2019.
  • Witness before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Arctic Sovereignty, Ottawa, ON, 24 October 2018.
  • Witness before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs on Indigenous veterans and the Canadian Rangers, Ottawa, ON, 12 June 2018.
  • Presentation on “Domain Awareness in the Arctic: Defence and Security” to NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Economic Relations, Science and Technology Committee, Ottawa, ON (by videoconference), 11 September 2017.
  • Expert participant, National Defence Policy Review Consultation Roundtable, Yellowknife, NT, 24 May 2016. My submission on “Arctic Defence and Security: International and Domestic Dimensions” is available online at
  • Presentation to Members of European Parliament on “Canada’s Northern Strategy: Convergence or Divergence with EU Interests?” Brussels, Belgium, 23 March 2015.
  • Witness before the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence (SCND) on Arctic security and North American defence issues, Ottawa, ON, 9 December 2014. My testimony is published in Proceedings of the SCDN, Evidence, 2nd Session, 41st Parliament (2014), I am quoted in the SCND report Canada and the Defence of North America published in June 2015 and available online at
  • I was invited to a dinner meeting with the Danish Foreign Policy Committee at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark in Ottawa, 19 June 2014, to discuss Arctic security and Canada-Denmark relations.
  • On 22 November 2012, I appeared as a witness before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade about Canada’s upcoming chairmanship of the Arctic Council. My testimony is published in Proceedings of the SCFA, Issue No.56, 1st session, 41st Parliament (2012).  My ideas are quoted extensively in its report Canada and the Arctic Council: An Agenda for Regional Leadership presented to the House on 10 May 2013.
  • The Library of Parliament invited me to participate in a morning seminar roundtable for parliamentarians (MPs and Senator) on “Canada’s Arctic Challenges,” on 17 February 2011.
  • The Danish Embassy invited me to Ottawa to meet with Gitte Lillelund Bech (the Danish Minister of Defence) on 4 November 2010 to discuss Arctic security issues and Canada-Denmark relations.
  • On 22 March 2010, I appeared as a witness before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence (SSCNSD) (chair: Pamela Wallin) on Arctic Sovereignty issues. My testimony is published in Proceedings of the SSCNSD, Issue No.1, 3rd session, 40th Parliament (2010): 1:38 – 1:60.  My ideas are quoted extensively in the SSCNSD interim report Sovereignty & Security in Canada’s Arctic released in March 2011.
  • On 3 June 2009, I appeared as a witness before the House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence (chair: Maxime Bernier) on Arctic Sovereignty issues. My testimony is published in Standing Committee on National Defence: Evidence, no. 24, 2nd session, 40th Parliament, 3 June 2009: 1-9.
  • Breakfast meeting with the Hon. Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Canadian leadership in the circumpolar world, Montreal, QC, 27 March 2009.

I have also had numerous informal meetings with Canadian and international parliamentarians over the last decade.

Consultant and Advisor

In addition to my paid contracting work [link to webpage], I continue to serve in various advisory capacities to government and non-governmental organizations.  For example, the Commander of Canada Command (responsible for domestic and continental defence) flew me to Calgary as one of three academics to provide advice on the development of a Canadian Forces Northern Employment Support Strategy, in 2011.  I also served as an advisor to Gwich’in Council International executive director Bridget Larocque (an unpaid position) from 2010-11.  In addition to ongoing dialogue about Arctic issues, I attended the Arctic Council Advisory Committee in Ottawa in March 2010; the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment Working Group in Washington, DC, in September 2010; and the Senior Arctic Officials meeting in Torshavn, Faroe Islands, in October 2010, as part of the GCI team.

As a consultant, I have produced various reports for the Government of Canada and non-governmental organizations.  For example, I have completed reports on real property management issues, non-Arctic state interests in the Canadian Arctic, historical work on boundary issues; Indigeonous use of sea ice; building Permanent Participant capacity at the Arctic Council; and work on Indigenous peoples and resource development. For more on these activities, please go to my Consulting page [link to webpage].

Community and Media Outreach

I believe that, as academics, we are obliged to share our knowledge with the broader community.  I have delivered public lectures on topics related to my research interests to a wide variety of local history societies and civic groups.  All of these events provide me the opportunity to exchange ideas with public audiences and stimulate interest in topics of historical and current interest to Canadians.  I have given guest lectures to high school classes in northern and southern Canada to stimulate interest in Arctic sovereignty and security issues, and I regularly present to kindergarten and primary classes (grades 1-3) in elementary schools in Waterloo and Oxford counties (Ontario) to introduce children to Arctic flora, fauna, and peoples, using the pelts, clothing, and photographs that I have amassed on my research trips over the last decade.

Finally, I have commented in print media, on the radio, and on television related to my research on Arctic security and sovereignty, Aboriginal-military relations, and the Canadian Rangers.  For more on these activities, please go to my Newspaper and Magazine commentaries page [link to webpage].