The Team

Neil Orford – President
Jenifer Terry – Executive Director
Anna England – Project Coordinator
Louis Lebel – Digital Content Manager
Amy McBride-Bowen – Communications Manager
John Lorinc – Editor
Vincent Sabourin – Videographer

Dimitry Zakharov

Contributing Historian

Dimitry Zakharov is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in History at the University of Saskatchewan supervised by Dr. Erika Dyck. His research interests include the history of health and medicine, the history of biology, and the history and philosophy of science. His research focuses on the history of cancer and cancer research in the 19th century. His dissertation, titled Morbid Cluster: The Development of Cancer Knowledge in the 19th Century, explores the emergence of several different forms of cancer research in the 19th century which combined and adopted a range of ideas from cell theory pathology, early bacteriology, and even evolutionary theory of the time, to create distinct explanations for the problem
of cancer and tumor formation.

Denisa Popa

Contributing Historian

Denisa Popa is a PhD student at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research focuses on Canadian medical history. She holds an MA from the IHPST and a Hon. BSc in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, also from the University of Toronto. Denisa is excited to join the Defining Moments Canada team as a Contributing Historian for the Herzberg50 project.

Madelaine Mant

Education Consultant

Dr. Madeleine Mant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her biocultural research program examines health inequities in marginalized and institutionalized human groups through an interdisciplinary integration of bioanthropological and archival datasets. Her work investigates and amplifies previously unheard voices, demonstrating the powerful legacy of historical health in shaping health consequences and experiences today.

Benjamin Harris

Community History Research Fellow (Huron University)

Benjamin Harris is an undergraduate student at Huron University and is going into the third year of his Honours Specialization in history.  His previous experience with public-facing history projects includes story maps detailing the movement of escaped slaves throughout America and analyzing the reporting of the Demarest kidnapping in newspapers around the world. In the past, Benjamin has worked as a research assistant to Dr. Nina Reid-Maroney and presented his work at the 2020 GIS Day event at Western University.

Matthew Barrett

Graphic Illustrator

Matthew Barrett is an illustrator and historian who specializes in the creation of graphic histories and comics that visualize fascinating stories of the past. He received a PhD in history from Queen’s University and was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Canadian War Museum. He is the author of Scandalous Conduct: Canadian Officer Courts Martial, 1914–45, and is the co-author and illustrator of Through Their Eyes: A Graphic History of Hill 70 and the First World War.

Anne-Chantal Fontaine


Geneviève Desaulniers


Marie-Catherine Gagné


Seasoned translator, Marie-Catherine has over 25 years of experience, working in many fields. She has been a translator for the federal government for over 15 years, but also for several humanitarian non profit organizations. Marie-Catherine enjoys literature, cats and great food.