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
Chief Executive Officer
Ryan is the founder and CEO of Know History. He has 20 years of experience working as a public historian and consultant. He has successfully managed hundreds of projects across Canada, and is an expert in project management and designing research plans. Ryan relies on his broad network to build an exceptional team for each of Know History's clients.
Connie Wren-Gunn, MA
Director, Content & Interpretive Products
Connie oversees the production of Know History's written deliverables and interpretive products, including research reports, books, and museum and virtual exhibits. Connie is an accomplished writer with a background in corporate communications and extensive experience in historical research, oral history, and project management. Connie is passionate about creating exceptional projects for our clients.
Alice Glaze, PhD
Alice is an award-winning historian with extensive research experience across a variety of projects and subject areas. 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 is a highly proficient project manager who adeptly organizes and manages large archival projects.
Nicole Marion-Patola, PhD
Director, Litigation & Residential Schools
As Director of Litigation and Residential Schools, Nicole is an expert in Indigenous legal claims. Nicole oversees projects relating to treaty, land claims, and residential schools research. She has authored expert reports for a variety of clients, including the Department of Justice. Fluent in both French and English, Nicole has ample experience conducting archival and genealogical research for litigation.
Emily Keyes, MA
Director, Engagement & Fieldwork
Emily is an expert project manager and oral historian who oversees Know History's community engagement and fieldwork projects. She has more than 10 years of experience conducting oral history interviews and Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Studies across Canada. Emily is a formally trained facilitator who adeptly plans and leads workshops and engagement sessions for a wide variety of projects and clients.
Tom Van Dewark, MA
Director of Digital History
As the Director of Digital History, Tom utilizes digital tools to share history in innovative and engaging ways. He has spearheaded the creation of numerous digital artifact management tools for our clients, ensuring that communities have complete control over their own stories. Tom's work on a series of short documentaries was recognized by the National Council on Public History.
Alison Begley, BComm
Director of Human Resources
Alison has over 15 years of experience working in human resources. An expert in recruitment and contracting, Alison’s strength lies in finding the kind of passionate people Know History wants on its team, and in ensuring our team members get the chance to develop their potential and reach their career goals.
Elina Hill, MA
Director of Registries
Elina oversees Know History's registry projects, working with Indigenous clients to customize systems to best support rights assertion and programs. An experienced project manager, Elina develops standard operating procedures and best practices for citizen and harvester registries, and manages registry teams (from client services, to research, quality control, and data management). Elina has worked with Indigenous organizations from across Canada to research and write about traditional knowledge, land use, reserve creation, and more.
Ashley Henrickson, MA
Director of Outreach and Partnerships
As the Director of Outreach and Partnerships, Ashley works closely with clients to ensure their project goals are executed seamlessly. She has experience engaging audiences through national print publications, museum programming, and exhibitions. Her creativity and strong communication skills are an asset to Know History's team of directors.
Beth Sollis, MA
Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Beth oversees many facets of Know History's work. Her organization and management skills are a valuable asset to her role in organizing and managing project teams, handling project resourcing, and supporting our team of directors. Beth also has significant archival research experience and has worked on many of Know History's genealogical projects.
Karine Duhamel, PhD
Karine is renowned Anishinaabe-Métis historian. She served as Director of Research for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, drafting the Final Report and managing its Forensic Document Review Project and Legacy Archive. She was formerly an Adjunct Professor at the University of Winnipeg and Director of Research for Jerch Law Corporation. From 2016 to 2018, she also served as Curator at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Karine brings her exceptional research and communication skills to Know History, providing invaluable advice and guidance to our team and clients.
Lyle Dick, MA, LLD
Lyle Dick is a public historian with more than 40 years’ experience in research and publication in Arctic, Inuit, and Western Canadian history as well as Cultural Resource Management (CRM). He has led or served on national and international CRM teams in Western, Northern and Central Canada, and in Europe. A former President of the Canadian Historical Association, he also served on advisory committees of the Canadian Museum of History and the National Capital Commission. Lyle brings research and writing expertise to Know History and provides our associates with training and mentorship.
Elizabeth Todd Doyle, MA
Elizabeth has more than 25 years’ experience in the museum and heritage fields in Ottawa and on the west coast. She led the education and programming departments at the Museum of Vancouver and the Portrait Gallery of Canada before founding Todd Doyle Heritage Services to develop public-facing projects, create interpretive plans, and produce interpretive text and immersive digital experiences for a variety of clients. Elizabeth is an acknowledged storyteller, as well as an expert in the use of culture in building citizenship.
Stacey Devlin, MA
Stacey is a meticulous researcher who specializes in digital history. Her inventive methods of digital research and presentation allow for deeper historical analysis and efficiency. Stacey employs Social Network Analysis to analyze community and kinship on a variety of genealogy research projects. She also has ample experience creating and operating Geographic Information Systems.
Kierstin Stewart, MA
MNO Registry Manager
As Registry Manager, Kierstin oversees a large team of researchers to ensure our registry work operates smoothly and to the highest possible standards. She brings to our team several years of genealogical experience, as well as a talent for leadership and organization. Kierstin's background also includes archival research, collections management, and culture and heritage education.
Jennifer Bate, MA
Jennifer is an accomplished archival researcher. She has extensive research experience in both digital and archival material, and is also a specialist in cemetery conservation. At Know History, Jennifer has led numerous projects tracing genealogy, land use, and documenting Indigenous rights.
Charles Syms, BTech
Full Stack Developer
Charles is a full-stack software engineer with 10 years of experience in the IT field, spanning multiple languages, frameworks, and industries. As a member of the Digital History team, Charles develops applications for history and heritage products (such as our RootsForward/SASH system), maintains our website, and advises on the technical direction of various projects.
Skylee-Storm Hogan-Stacey, MA
Skylee-Storm is a published historian with expertise in residential schools history, Crown-Indigenous relations, and digital repatriation and accessibility. Their strong archival research and writing skills are a key asset on Know History's archival and residential schools projects. Skylee-Storm also brings significant experience in oral history and interpretive projects, having produced documentaries and GIS story maps for a variety of clients and communities.
Todd Brown, MA
As Know History's GIS Specialist, Todd supports a wide variety of research and deliverables. He is an expert at synthesizing historical and contemporary data into clear and engaging maps for our clients. Todd is also a skilled genealogist and archival researcher. He has conducted oral history interviews and map biography interviews across Ontario.
Emily Cuggy, MA
An accomplished writer and researcher, Emily applies her skills to a wide range of projects including commemorative books, media products, and interpretive content. She also has extensive experience in archival research, genealogy, and oral history. Emily excels at bringing research and stories to life in creative and engaging ways.
Sara Wilmshurst, MA
Sara is a skilled historian whose portfolio includes both academic and journalistic publications. She has performed extensive archival and genealogical research. Sara specializes in synthesizing this research into clear and comprehensive research reports.
Nick Johnston, MA
Nick is a trained genealogist with several years of experience leading large research projects. As the Registry Lead, Nick oversees a large team of researchers to ensure their work meets rigorous quality standards. He is responsible for training team members and creating and implementing guidelines and workflows.
Anna Kuntz, MA
Anna is a highly organized historical researcher who brings many years of experience to our team. She has applied her skills to a wide variety of projects, including archival and genealogical work, interpretive products, and registry work. 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.
Deanna McAvoy-Bailey, MA
As Registry Manager, Deanna oversees a large team of researchers to ensure that all work is completed efficiently and to the highest standards. Deanna brings several years of archival and genealogical research. She excels at data management, and has experience with report writing and both archaeological and historical artifact analysis.
Thomas Berton, BA
Client Services Lead
Thomas is a skilled communicator and leader who oversees the registry's client services team. With strong problem-solving skills and a knack for detail, Thomas provides training and support, implements workflows, and liaises with clients and community members. His dedication ensures that our clients receive exceptional service.
MacKenzie Brash, MA
MacKenzie has ample experience in archival and genealogical research. She brings a detail-oriented eye to historical record analysis on our genealogical projects. MacKenzie has also worked at historic sites in both Canada and Europe, where she held roles such as curatorial assistant and monument conservator.
Meagan Breault, MA
Meagan is an experienced leader on genealogical research projects. Her close attention to detail allows her to efficiently navigate archival records to connect citizens to their ancestors and ensure a high burden of proof. Meagan also lends her quality assurance skills to residential school research projects, and has experience with digital Geographic Information Systems.
Samantha Clark, MSc
Samantha is a skilled researcher with a strong background in archival research and curatorial work. Her keen eye for detail makes her a valuable asset to Know History's archival projects. Samantha also contributes her leadership and management skills to our registry work.
Victoria Doran, MA
Victoria is an adaptable researcher who specializes in content-driven projects. Her exceptional communication skills allow her to share history in engaging and creative ways. She is also an experienced archival researcher, lending her skills to genealogy and residential schools research projects. In addition, Victoria coordinates Know History's editorial content.
Sarah Dougherty, PhD
Sarah is a published historian with a background in Canadian history and a particular interest in local history. She has extensive archival research experience, which she applies to a wide range of projects. A talented writer, Sarah has contributed to written deliverables including research reports and interpretive products.
Christine Englot, MA
Christine is a talented researcher who applies her skills to a wide range of projects. She has used her oral history skills to lead the creation of documentary films. She also lends her archival expertise to genealogical and residential school projects. Christine has experience working in and digitizing archival resources in Canada and internationally.
Claudine Fortin, MA
Claudine is a bilingual researcher specializing in oral history and community engagement. An experienced interviewer, Claudine has conducted oral history projects across Ontario. She is also proficient at interview transcription and French translation.
Michaela Francis, MA
Michaela is a bilingual historical researcher whose empathetic and outgoing demeanour, coupled with her training in sociocultural anthropology, has made her a valuable team member on research projects involving Indigenous history and issues. As a past member of the client services team, she has an extensive background in customer service and Indigenous relations.
Jamie Gallupe, BAH
Jamie joined Know History as a client service advocate before transitioning to the research team. With a background in Indigenous relations, Jamie is experienced in community-based research and engagement. She currently applies her skills to Know History's registry projects.
Nick Gillen, MA
Nick has a keen eye for detail, ensuring all genealogical research meets our high standard of proof. He has lent his expertise to numerous projects, with many involving land grant and historical commission research. Nick also contributes his strong organizational and administrative skills to operations at our Calgary office.
Mark Goudie, MA
Mark has extensive experience creating exhibits and developing educational programs for museums. He has worked with organizations in Canada and abroad to research and interpret their artifacts to form compelling historical narratives. Mark also lends his archival research skills to genealogical projects.
Senior Client Services Advocate
Rimsha has a background in client services, communication, and administration. Rimsha’s superior interpersonal skills and welcoming manner ensure that our registry clients receive the best service and attention from their very first interaction with our company.
Jenna Klassen, MA
Jenna is a published historian with a research background in Canadian immigration and ethnicity, material culture, and gender history. She has experience working in archival institutions and with museum artifact collections. In addition to historical research, Jenna has worked in the public history sector as a collections manager and museum curator.
Emily Manson, MSc
Emily is a meticulous researcher who applies her skills to Know History's registry and archival projects. With a strong background in genealogy, Emily trains and supports other team members to ensure that our registry projects maintain a rigorous standard of accuracy.
Casandra Masse, MA
Casandra is a bilingual researcher with a background in historical research, archaeology, and museums. She has significant experience working on Know History's registry projects. Casandra also applies her writing skills to our interpretive products.
Elizabeth McLeod, BA, BSW
Elizabeth is a skilled archival researcher, with experience conducting historical research into First Nation legal claims. On genealogical projects, Elizabeth ensures that all lineages meet Know History's high standards of proof. Similarly, she interprets historical documents and maintains quality assurance on residential school research projects.
Andrew Narraway, MA
Andrew is a historical researcher with a strong knowledge of Indigenous historiography and a passion for Canadiana. He applies his research skills to many of Know History's archival projects. A strong writer, Andrew also contributes to a range of interpretive products.
Danica Renke, MA
Danica is an experienced historical researcher, specializing in genealogical projects. She also has extensive experience analyzing archival documents. Danice uses these skills to support other team members and to ensure that projects meet a high level of quality assurance.
Tanyss Sharp, MA
Tanyss is a detail-oriented researcher who is adept at palaeography, archival research, and transcription. Her ability to quickly analyze historical records and write reports on her findings has become a strong asset to projects involving treaty and legal research support.
Andrew Taber, MA
Andrew is proficient at all things data-related, applying his skills to Know History's genealogical and registry projects. He compiles and analyzes both historical and contemporary data to support statistical analysis, GIS mapping, and Social Network Analysis. Andrew also contributes to project administration by creating forms and databases that track and analyze work.
Kyla Vachon, BA
Human Resources Associate
Kyla is an HR associate with over five years of experience in human resources, specializing in recruitment, onboarding, and health and safety. Kyla is passionate about fostering equal opportunities, healthy environments, and professional development that empowers team members to thrive.
Kirsty Walker, MA
Certified in records and information management and applied museum studies, Kirsty contributes these skills across Know History's projects. She specializes in collections management and care, artifact digitization, and archival description. A meticulous researcher, Kirsty also provides quality assurance, statistical analysis, and genealogical research to archival and registry projects.
Paige Walker, MA
Paige contributes her research and writing skills to Know History's projects. With a strong attention to detail, Paige works to ensure a high level of quality on our registry projects. She also has a background in oral history transcription and archival research.
Basma Saad, BSc
Basma conducts archival and genealogical research on various projects. A highly organized and creative problem solver, Basma has extensive administrative and project support experience. In addition to research, she also supports the Operations team with finances and accounting.