Historical Research and Writing

As a veteran, award-winning journalist and author and a high-achieving academic, I bring a unique skill set to projects demanding scholarly accuracy as well as public accessibility. I have had decades of experience in conducting first-person interviews and database and archival research. My work has encompassed soldiers and politicians of World Wars I and II, First Nations/Indigenous peoples, corporate histories, figures of the European age of exploration, colonial North American history, environmental issues, and professional and amateur sport. As a former staff writer for the Financial Post, a graduate of the Canadian Securities course and a winner (and finalist) of the National Business Book Award, I understand the language of business as few historians do, and am able to translate it into terms the general public can understand.

For a recent project, on the history of Coca-Cola in Canada, I spent four days in the corporate archives in Atlanta, conducting text and image research (and tracked down the original Coca-Cola factory in Canada, in Toronto) for a book to be published by McClelland and Stewart in 2017. I was consulted by the Museum of the City of New York in the fall of 2016 for its Henry Hudson content in a new permanent display, and provided guidance and written content for the special exhibition “Touch,” on the encounter between Samuel de Champlain and the First Nations of Ontario, mounted by the Orillia Museum and Chippewa of Rama First Nation in 2015. I have also contributed to the online Canadian Encyclopedia, maintained by Historica Canada.

My research and writing abilities (and experience in visual media) are ideal for a wide variety of projects:

•museum exhibitions

•private and public histories

•corporate research

•research support for any projects involving primary sources, including Indigenous land claims

•Online public history

My rates are negotiable, depending on the scale of the project and its specific requirements.  Contact me to discuss your project.