About Us

Neil Orford is a retired History Teacher, from Dufferin County, Ontario. A winner of both the Governor General's and Ontario Premier's Award for History Teaching, his Digital Historian Project© (DHP) won the 2015 Government of Canada History Award. He has been featured on CBC's “The National”, TVO's "The Agenda", and in numerous articles across Canada. He has written for major Canadian publications, and is a regular presenter at Conferences and workshops. He has worked extensively with the Juno Beach Centre, and has led a Summer Institute for History teachers in Normandy. The proud son of two veterans, Neil Orford is married, with two grown children and lives in Orangeville, Ontario.








Ann Herring is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at McMaster University.  She joined McMaster in 1989 and retired in 2016.  A medical anthropologist, her research and teaching centered on the anthropology of infectious disease.  In particular, she has been fascinated by the 1918 influenza pandemic and has published a long series of articles about its emergence and effects on people in Canada.  She is currently collaborating on a project investigating the relationship between the Russian influenza pandemic (1889-90) and the 1918 influenza pandemic in Canada, led by Alain Gagnon at the Université de Montréal.

John Myers began his career as a history and social studies teacher in an inner-city high school in Toronto in the early 1970s. He became interested in immigration and multicultural history represented by his students. Since then he has taught from grades 3-adult in four provinces and three countries. His most recent work has been in the areas of history teaching and classroom assessment at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. His interest in diseases comes from knowing the late Michael Bliss who wrote about medicine and the effects of diseases in Canadian history.

Mary-Ellen Kelm is a professor of history at Simon Fraser University specializing in settler colonial and medical histories of North America. She is the author/editor of many Award-winning books, including, Colonizing Bodies: Aboriginal Health and Healing in British Columbia 1900-1950 (UBC Press, 1998), The Letters of Margaret Butcher: Missionary-Imperialism on the North Pacific Coast (University of Calgary Press, 2007). Her history, A Wilder West: Rodeo in Western Canada (UBC Press, 2011) is an illustrated examination of rodeo's small-town roots, and a look at how the sport brought people together across racial and gender divides. She is currently examining the ideas and methods medical researchers brought to the study of Indigenous health in North America from 1910-1990. She is co-editor of the Canadian Historical Review.

Dr. William (Bill) Stewart earned his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2012 under Professor Gary Sheffield after a thirty-year career in senior management positions in high-tech. His research focus is on the tactics, operations, and administration of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He has published two books entitled The Embattled General: Sir Richard Turner and the First World War and Canadians on the Somme 1916: The Neglected Campaign. He is the author of ten articles in academic publications and regularly presents at conferences on the First World War. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Niall Johnson. After completing his undergraduate education in Australia, Niall gained his Masters at Wilfrid Laurier University and his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He has written or co-authored numerous articles on pandemic influenza in a range of journals, including Nature Medicine, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and the Bulletin of the History of Medicine. His book on the pandemic, Britain and the 1918-19 influenza pandemic: A dark epilogue, is published by Routledge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Niall works at the Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care.

Tatiana Zamozdra holds Master's degree in European History from Queen's University and a Bachelor's degree in History and English Literature from McGill University. A recent alumna of the student guide program at the Centre Juno Beach/Juno Beach Centre in France, she is passionate about education, and telling history in a nuanced and compelling way. She contributed to research and educational programs at the Juno Beach Centre, and has been involved in various capacities in research on eighteenth century France, World War II in Asia and Europe, 1930s Canada, and the Spanish Flu.

Amy Reinders is a secondary school teacher in both the Social Science and Science departments at Centre Dufferin District High School, in Shelburne, Ontario.  Holding a Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of Guelph, Amy enjoys teaching a blended time table between both disciplines.  She enjoys challenging her students to see the value in learning about both subject areas, and works to impart an understanding of how the Sciences and Social Sciences are intrinsically linked.  A former participant of the Juno Beach Centre's Summer Institute and Battlefield Tour, Amy has been able to take advantage of some excellent opportunities to deepen her connection and understanding of the Canadian role in both World Wars, and enjoys being able to incorporate what she has learned outside of the classroom into her lessons.

Kandace Bogaert is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies in the Department of History at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her doctoral research at McMaster University focused on the 1918 influenza pandemic among soldiers of the CEF, and she is excited to return to 'flu as a topic of inquiry in this commemorative project. Her current research explores the period after the First World War (and the 1918 influenza pandemic), examining veterans' experiences with war trauma and medical rationale.

Eric Zweig. By the age of ten Eric  was already a budding sports fanatic who was filling his school news books with game reports instead of current events. He has been writing professionally about sports and sports history (mainly hockey) since graduating from Trent University in 1985 with a degree in Political Studies. Eric is the author of 40 books for adults and children, including the Y/A Novel Fever Season about the Spanish Flu and the 1919 Stanley Cup. He has worked with Dan Diamond & Associates on the NHL Official Guide & Record Book and many other publications since 1996.

Andrew Belyea is a first year medical student at Queen’s University. Having taken Life Sciences (major) and Classical Studies (minor) at Queen’s for his undergraduate degree, Andrew was selected as the Museum of Healthcare at Kingston's 2017 Margaret Angus Research Fellow. In this capacity he researched the Spanish Influenza in Kingston, which he has continued to research during 1918, the 100th anniversary of the epidemic.

Lisa Sattenspiel is a Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she has been since 1987. Her interest in the 1918 flu ignited in 1993, when she began joint work with Ann Herring looking at how fur-trapping activities carried the disease from place to place in central Manitoba. Since 2005 she has shifted both east and west to compare pandemic experiences within and between Newfoundland and Labrador and the US state of Alaska. She is especially interested in how factors influencing social contact impact the risks for transmission and spread of disease across time and space.

Mike Clare worked with the York Region District School Board for over 30 years. He has a Master's Degree in Education with a focus on digital applications in the teaching of history and social sciences. He has also worked with Historica and done contract work with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology while developing combined curriculum digital resources with the National Council for Social Studies in the United States and various provincial history teachers' associations in Canada. He is the author of the interactive iBook, The Spanish Flu Epidemic 1918 - 1919: Dancing With The Spanish Lady.

Svenn-Erik Mamelund, who holds a doctorate in demography, is a research professor at Work Research Institute at OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University. He has more than twenty years' experience studying the demography of epidemic diseases, with a particular focus on the 1918 influenza pandemic. At the Work Research Institute, Mamelund has also studied health consequences of workplace re-organization and conflicts and tracked the effects of various policies implemented by Norway's Ministry of Labor

 Matthew Miller completed his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western Ontario. He then moved to the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan, NY for his Postdoctoral Fellowship with Dr. Peter Palese – a titan in the field of influenza virus research. During this time, Dr. Miller made seminal contributions to the understanding of how broadly-neutralizing antibodies against influenza virus are generated in human. This work has helped to guide the development of “universal” influenza virus vaccine. After completing his postdoctoral studies, Dr. Miller was recruited to the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University. As a member of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Diseases Research and the McMaster Immunology Research Centre, Dr. Miller’s team continues to study viral infections, and methods for developing more effective vaccines and drugs against influenza virus.