our team

Anthony joined the organization in 2012 after a long career in journalism followed by senior executive positions at a Crown Corporation and one of Canada’s largest financial institutions. As a journalist, he served as author, columnist, foreign correspondent, Editor of a national news publication and frequent public speaker. As a political and social commentator, he has appeared on many national and international radio and television networks and continues to do so. A Montreal native, Anthony has worked in more than 35 countries abroad as well as all of Canada’s provinces and territories, and has previous experience in the not-for-profit sector as a volunteer with several national organizations. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Historica Canada, he leads the organization, oversees all operations and, in collaboration with the Board, provides strategic vision.

Davida joined Historica Canada in 2010 to travel across the country collecting service stories with The Memory Project. She subsequently worked on programs that include Black History, the War of 1812 and Heritage Minute programming - including production in 2012 of the first new Minutes since 2005. Davida has a B.A. from McGill and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto. She enjoys all forms of culture, ranging from eating poutine to admiring the paintings of Jean-Paul Riopelle. Her writing has appeared in a number of publications including The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, and the University of Toronto Art History Journal.

Chantal has been with the organization since 2007, when she joined in a role overseeing external communications. Shortly after, she took on web management and new media strategies, and has since added oversight of related aspects of The Canadian Encyclopedia to her responsibilities. She has an Honours degree in Canadian Studies from The University of Toronto, and followed that with a Master’s degree in Journalism New Media. Even as she remains directly involved with all aspects of the organization’s online and digital activities, the redesign of The Canadian Encyclopedia is her largest undertaking to date. Chantal describes herself as a ‘voracious reader’, and is a curiosity-driven web browser who is ‘enraptured’ with the possibilities of technology and new media. Among her favourite works of CanCon are Yann Martel’s The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios; The Pilgrim, by Timothy Findley; and anything (fiction and non) by the incomparable Will Ferguson.

Before joining The Canadian Encyclopedia, Nathan guarded against the devil in the details as a proofreader at two of the nation's most influential institutions: the Supreme Court of Canada and Harlequin Enterprises. He has studied English literature at McGill University and translation at Glendon College. Several of his poems and translations have appeared in CV2, Eighteen Bridges and PRISM international. A native of Owen Sound, Ontario, he enjoys spending time on the Niagara Escarpment and seeing it venerated in such homegrown poetic achievements as Dennis Lee’s “400: Coming Home” and Christopher Dewdney’s A Natural History of Southwestern Ontario.

Richard has been an editor with the Encyclopedia since the spring of 2013. A Halifax-based journalist and author, he was a founding staff member of the National Post and a senior national affairs writer for Postmedia News. He has a special interest in Canada's military history, and has interviewed D-Day veterans on Juno Beach, Canadian peacekeepers in Kigali and soldiers in Kandahar. He's seen 12 of Canada's 13 provinces and territories and lived in five of them. He's been "Screeched in" by the mayor of Gander, Newfoundland, has wrestled a rodeo calf with his bare hands, and once received an $800 speeding ticket for driving too fast on an Ice Road in the Arctic. His favourite Canadian book is Mordecai Richler's Solomon Gursky Was Here, for its vivid, epic storytelling.

Erin James-Abra is the science, industry and geography subject editor at The Canadian Encyclopedia. Prior to joining TCE, she worked as a researcher for Dr. Brian Goldman, host of CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art. Erin holds an honours BA from the University of Toronto and a Master of Journalism from Ryerson University. Her favourite Canadian novelist is Douglas Coupland. She appreciates his wit, humour and ability to synthesize modern culture.

Maude -Emmanuelle is the Senior Subject Editor for Communities. She holds a PhD (University of Montreal, 2013) and an MA in Canadian History (University Laval , 2005). She is interested in social and cultural history, the history of women and gender, as well as the environmental history of Canada. Her most recent work has focused on how the growth of the personal automobile contributed to the creation of tourist areas in Quebec and (1920-1967). She is the author of numerous articles (including in Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française) and chapters in collective works. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Hilda Neatby Prize presented by the Canadian Historical Association for the best article in French on the history of women and gender. When she has the opportunity to put aside the history books, she enjoys exploring the prose of comic storyteller Fred Pellerin and the novels of Maxime-Olivier Moutier.

Tabitha Marshall has a PhD from McMaster and is the Sports and Biographies Editor at the Canadian Encyclopedia. When not writing and editing for the encyclopedia, Tabitha researches and lectures on diverse topics including the American Revolution, the Black Pioneers, medical history, and the Second World War. To wind down, she loves reading novels, and counts Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes and Joseph Boyden’s Orenda as among her favourites (although she also admits to an obsession with Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series). Yet the books have fierce competition, as the playing field beckons! A former varsity rugby player and competitive soccer player, Tabitha now keeps fit running, cycling, and trying to keep up with younger players in a recreational indoor soccer league.

Andrew oversees all the music, film and television entries in The Canadian Encyclopedia. He studied Canadian History at UBC and holds an M.A. in film and media studies from the University of North Texas. He worked as a writer, editor and industry programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where he also oversaw the Canadian Film Encyclopedia. A former programmer for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival and the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, he has written extensively for Montage and POV magazines, and worked as a researcher and story producer for documentary series broadcast on History Television, TSN and CBC. Andrew’s favourite Can Lit author is Robert Service, the poet of the North who always brought forth the myths of the Canadian way, and whose metered lines and ways with rhymes resonate to this very day.

Prior to joining The Canadian Encyclopedia, Eli worked at The Mark News and has provided editorial services for clients in the private and not-for-profit sectors. His writing has appeared in MEN’s Fashion,Toronto Life and TheGlobe and Mail. Among his favourite Canadian novels is Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels. The book, like many good CanLit reads, tussles with place and history, as well as trauma, memory and regeneration. He keeps meaning to read it again.