Michael Ekers is currently completing his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford, School of Geography. In September 2010 he is starting a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto. His research interests concern the British Columbia tree planting industry and the cultural politics of labour in the industry. He has written on the labour and political ecological history of the forestry industry in BC He has also instructed several courses addressing environmental landscapes and urban-regional economies.
David Alexander Gamble is a doctoral candidate in the department of English at the University of Western Ontario. He completed his Interdisciplinary MA at the University of Northern British Columbia (English/History) in 2008. While completing his MA, Mr. Gamble taught English and Women’s Studies at Northwest Community College and English at the University of Northern British Columbia. His academic areas of interest include Canadian literature, Textual Studies, nineteenth- and twentieth-century science fiction and fantasy and the interdisciplinary field of Utopian Studies.
Troy V. Lee earned a BSc in Forestry from the University of British Columbia and worked as a consulting forester for several years in the Prince George region. Currently he works as a campus chaplain at the University of Northern British Columbia and is completing a MA in History that focuses on the environmental history of British Columbia’s forests and forest industry.
Frank Leonard is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of History of the University of Victoria. He is preparing a study that compares the activities of Canadian and American transcontinental railway companies at their respective Pacific termini and adjacent service communities during the period 1865-1920.
Brendan Sweeney recently completed his PhD in the Department of Geography at Queen’s University. He also lectured in the Labour and Workplace Studies Program at the University of Manitoba in 2009 and 2010. His research interests include employment relations and collective bargaining in Canada’s forest products, automotive, and education sectors. He joined the Industrial Relations Centre in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in July 2010.
David Vogt is a graduate student in history at the University of Northern British Columbia, and holds a masters degree in international affairs from Carleton University. His research interests include Aboriginal and environmental history.