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The Defining Moments Canada Team

Neil Orford

President & Co-Founder

Neil 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© 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. Neil is the owner and president of Defining Moments Canada, Ltd.

Jenifer Terry

Executive Director

Jen Terry (née Sguigna) graduated from Western University with an MA in Public History in 2013, after completing an Honours BA in History and English Literature. She is a creative and driven leader, who is passionate about heritage and education. Most recently, she worked for the Juno Beach Centre Association, leading their Canadian programming and playing a key role in the development of special anniversary projects and their Canadian education reputation.

Anna England

Projects Manager & Digital Curator

Anna England is a graduate of the Master of Museum Studies program from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information and holds an MA in History and a BA in History, minoring in French. Anna has worked as a Research Assistant for Dr. Tim Cook at the Canadian War Museum and as Curatorial Assistant at the Royal Canadian Military Institute. She has also worked with the MultiCultural History Society of Ontario and Sunnybrook Veterans Centre.

Louis Lebel

Digital Content Manager

Louis Lebel has worked in the field of public history and storytelling ever since working as a guide at the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum during high school. He has since worked in interpretation at the Juno Beach Centre, The Haunted Walk of Ottawa, the Vimy National Memorial in France, and Canada’s Parliament, along with other sites of note. Equipped with degrees in Political Science and History, Louis’ focus is finding and sharing stories with the public at large, and he is thrilled to be able to do so with the Defining Moments Canada team.

Janelle von Kleist-Bernard

Digital Marketing & Communications Manager

Janelle von Kleist-Bernard graduated cum laude from the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in Marketing. She has acquired years of marketing and communications experience throughout her work at Scotiabank, the CRA, Corus Entertainment, and G Adventures. She is passionate about supporting nonprofits, which has lead to the launch of her own fundraising platform for nonprofits in the spring of 2022. A proud member of the team at Defining Moments Canada, she is excited to increase awareness for their incredible projects.

Amanda Merpaw

Bryce@100 Project Coordinator

Amanda Merpaw (she/elle) is a Franco-Ontarian writer, editor, researcher, and educator. She is originally from Ottawa and is currently based in Toronto, Dish With One Spoon Territory. Amanda has taught history and English in Ontario classrooms for nearly a decade, and has worked as an educational coach in justice-based practices and pedagogies. She is also an artist-educator and producer creating and supporting a range of performance projects and installations, including in documentary theatre. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, where she explores the intersections of queerness, disability, writing, community, and the body.

John Lorinc

Senior Editor

John Lorinc is a Toronto journalist and editor. He writes for several publications, including Spacing, the Globe and Mail, and Corporate Knights. Besides his work with DMC, John is also the Toronto non-fiction editor at Coach House Books, currently overseeing its uTOpia series. His next book, Dream States: Smart Cities, Technology and the Pursuit of Urban Utopias, will be published in fall, 2022.

Briahna Bernard

Special Exhibits Coordinator and Projects assistant

Briahna Bernard graduated from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information with an MA in Museum Studies in 2018 after obtaining a BA in History and Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology. Briahna has also co-curated an exhibition for the Canadian Language Museum, Beyond Words: Dictionaries and Indigenous Languages. She is also the Assistant Collections Officer with the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Museum and Archives.

Amy McBride Bowen

Project Support & Researcher

Amy McBride Bowen graduated from the University of Guelph in 2019 with a Master’s degree in History, and received a Government of Canada History Award for her thesis on Women’s Liberation in the 1970s. Amy also worked as the Director of Programs with the Guelph Historical Society. As a lover of history she was excited to become a part of the Defining Moments Canada team. Amy has always been passionate about telling Canadian stories to ensure that they are preserved and can be shared with others. Previously, Amy was the Communications Manager, but upon starting a family in 2021, she began to modify her role with DMC.

Vincent Sabourin

Videographer

Vincent is an emerging freelance videographer who has recently graduated from the Television-Broadcasting program at Algonquin College. Having previously worked as a tour guide for many years, his goal is to combine the storytelling aspects of both professions and tell honest and exciting stories in video form.

Linn Øyen Farley

Website Designer/Developer

Linn Øyen Farley is a Toronto-based web designer and developer with a theatre production degree. She builds websites for arts and culture organizations, small businesses, and self-professed “non-technical people” that empower them to manage their own online presence. She strongly believes in demystifying technology and making things that are accessible for everyone.

Education Contributors

Madeleine 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.

Brent Crane

Education Consultant

Brent Crane graduated from Nipissing University’s Concurrent Education Program with a BA Honours Specialization in Mathematics and a Minor in History in 2021. Brent’s passion for interdisciplinary education, particularly within his teachable subjects led him to work on educational resources for the Defining Moments Team. He hopes to create enthusiasm for Canadian history in learners across the nation.

Scott Smalley

Education Consultant

Scott Smalley is a new-service classroom teacher at the Secondary level. He has a B.A. in History and French Studies at Huron University and is completing his B.Ed at Western University (2023). He has a previous college diploma in Film Studies (2009) with honours at Fanshawe College. Scott previously worked on Defining Moments Canada’s Insulin 100 project as a researcher and curator of the Sir Frederick Banting exhibit. At Huron University he has worked as a Research Fellow under Dr. Tom Peace, and as a Research Assistant under Dr. Amy Bell. He was awarded the Huron Community History Centre’s Prize for Public History in 2020/21.

Translators

Geneviève Desaulniers

Translator

Anne-Chantal Fontaine

Translator

Certified by OTTIAQ in 2010, Anne-Chantal holds a master’s degree in French Studies from the University of Sherbrooke (1996) and has nearly 25 years of experience in translation. She has acquired a diverse clientele almost everywhere in Canada (Quebec, Ontario, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Manitoba). In addition to the privilege of contributing to the promotion of the French language, Anne-Chantal translates for museums and organizations that, like Defining Moments Canada, cultivate the duty of remembrance and raise awareness about important chapters of history, some of which are dark and little known, particularly concerning Indigenous Peoples and veterans.

Marie-Catherine Gagné

Translator

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.