Introducing the Current Board of Directors:

President: Paul Racher

Paul Racher is a Principal at ARA Ltd, Ontario’s oldest archaeological and heritage consulting firm. Since starting there in 1986, he has directed the completion of several hundred archaeological and cultural heritage contracts. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Prehistoric Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from McMaster University. Outside of his duties at ARA, Paul has devoted much of his time to bridging the gap between archaeologists and Indigenous communities.

President Elect: Alicia Hawkins 
Alicia Hawkins is Associate Professor of Archaeology in the School of the Environment at Laurentian University. She received her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Her research interests include zooarchaeology, the Huron-Wendat past, Indigenous archaeology and archaeological survey methods. She has an on-going field program at the Wendat Ellery site. She has held a number of roles with the OAS since 2005, including board member, symposium program chair and Ontario Archaeology book review editor. She was a founding member of the Huronia chapter and occasionally directs public archaeology events for the chapter. Although originally from southern Ontario, she loves her adopted home of Sudbury where she can ski to work (in the winter).

Vice President: Rob Pihl

Treasurer: Debbie Steiss 
Debbie Steiss is the new Treasurer for the OAS. Debbie is a Partner and General Manager at ASI and has worked in Ontario Archaeology for over thirty years. She has a BA and MA in Anthropology from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining ASI, Debbie had participated in archaeological projects in the American Southwest, Canadian Arctic and southern Italy. When not working, you will likely find her on a tennis court.

Director of Public Outreach: Matthew Beaudoin 
Matthew Beaudoin completed his B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology at Memorial University, gaining extensive archaeological experience working throughout Labrador. His M.A. Research was based on the excavation of a 19th-century Labrador Métis household. in 2013, Matthew completed his Ph.D. at Western University, which was based on the analysis of 19th-century Mohawk and Irish households in Ontario. Matthew is actively involved with the Canadian Archaeological Association, the Society for American Archaeology, and the Society for Historical Archaeology.

At present, Matthew is the Manager of Archaeological Assessments at Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc. and teaches part-time at Western University. Many of his ongoing research projects are related to the interpretation of 19th-century sites, colonial and post-colonial archaeologies, the public perception of archaeology, and the contemporary consequences of archaeological practice. In addition, Matthew is an avid homebrewer and teaches an 'Archaeology of Beer and Brewing' course at Western University.

Director of Student Services: Nicole Brandon 
Nicole Brandon joined the board as Director of Student Services in January 2014. Nicole resides in London and is the Lab Manager at Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc. where she works with artifacts. She is an alumnus of Wilfrid Laurier University and the Memorial University of Newfoundland. In her spare time, Nicole cycles, watches movies and searches for the perfect pint.

Director of Membership Services: Bill Ross
Bill Ross holds a B.A. and an M.A. and has volunteered for the OAS since being a founding member of the Thunder Bay Chapter in 1979. He served on the Canadian Archaeological Association Board from 2011 to 2014 including two years as President, and served on the Association of Professional Archaeologists of Ontario Board from 2005 to 2011. He is the co-founder and has been co-chair of the Lake Superior Basin Archaeological Workshops over the past 34 years.

Bill recently retired from Ross Archaeological Research, which he started in 2002, specializing in cultural resource management. Prior to consulting, he worked for the Ontario government for 25 years first as the Regional Archaeologist for North Central Ontario and then as Senior Archaeologist serving an area from the Upper Great Lakes to Hudson's Bay and from Quebec to Manitoba.

He has authored or co-authored articles in Ontario Archaeology, The Wisconsin Archaeologist, Radiocarbon, The Journal of Archaeological Science, Geoarchaeology, and several other publications. Bill continues to conduct archaeological research in Northern Ontario as an avocation and is a Professional Associate with the Department of Anthropology, Lakehead University.

Director of Heritage Advocacy: Margie Kenedy
Margie Kenedy currently manages the archaeology unit at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.  Over the past 16 year she was part of a variety of cultural heritage activities and projects for the TRCA at different capacities. She graduated from York University’s anthropology program and is currently enrolled in the archaeology graduate department at Trent University.   

Her interests span from early hunter-gatherer mobility to present-day archaeological management plans, but she is also interested in everything in between.  She is passionate about sharing the knowledge, data, and artifacts collected in Ontario with the general public.

She lives with her husband on a small farm with a slowly diminishing menagerie of horses, a dog, and a cat.  

She does not have any spare time, but if she did, she would enjoy travelling to warmer climates, reading about warmer climates, and simply heat in general (written during a cold snap).

She is looking forward to serving the archaeological community on the OAS board.  

Director of Avocational Services: William (Bill) Fox 
Began his avocational career in 1962, salvage excavating threatened Glen Meyer sites in Hamilton, while a high school student. Continued on as a student at U of T, earning an Honours BA in Anthropology and an MA in Archaeology. Subsequently, began working for the Province in 1972 as Regional Archaeologist for Northwestern/North Central Ontario with the Ministry of Natural Resources in Thunder Bay, Regional Archaeologist for Southwestern Ontario with the Ministry of Culture and Recreation in London, Senior Archaeologist/Supervisor of Development Plans Review with the Ministry of Citizenship and Culture in Toronto, and entered the Doctoral program at McGill in 1990. Retired from the Provincial government in 1992 and joined Parks Canada as Chief of Archaeology for the Prairie and Northern Region (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, NWT and Yukon) working out of Winnipeg. Moved to Inuvik in 1994 and became superintendent for the Western Arctic. Continued research and publication as an avocational archaeologist until his return to Ontario in 2010, and now works as an instructor in the Trent University Department of Anthropology and Adjunct Professor in the Anthropology Graduate Program. Has been a member of the OAS for close to 50 years; serving as Vice-President in 1978 and President of the Society in 1979 (created Administrator position and Emerson medal); founding member of the London Chapter in 1977 (KEWA newsletter editor to 1986) and the Peterborough Chapter in 2010 (Vice-President to 2015); established the “Passport to the Past” volunteer program in 1987; received the J. Norman Emerson silver medal in 2010 and has served as Director of Avocational Services for the Society since 2012 and served as Program Convener for the 2014 OAS annual symposium in Peterborough.

Director of Publications: Grant Karcich
Grant Karcich has been an active member of the OAS for several years and was a founding member of the Peterborough Chapter. He has been an administrator of several special and public libraries in Canada and the U.S. and he has advanced degrees in anthropology and information science from the University of Buffalo and U. of Western Ontario and a B. Ed. from
the University of Toronto. He holds a provincial avocational license from MTCS. His first archaeological work was on a Middle Woodland site in southwestern Ontario in 1979 and he has worked on a Clovis and Pre-Clovis site in Virginia and several historical sites in Ontario, including Fort Rouillé in Toronto. In addition he has visited a Thule site and prepared faunal samples from the Arctic. Grant studied under David Hunt at the Smithsonian and carried out mitochondrial DNA sampling at the Merriwether laboratory at Binghamton U., as well as examining the Krapina Neanderthal specimen in Croatia. He is engaged in various writing activities in archaeology, local history, and genealogy, and has a special research interest in the origins of early man in the Americas and Eurasia.

Director of Chapter Services: Amy St. John 
Amy St. John is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Western University in the Department of Anthropology. Her research explores the use of innovative non-destructive micro computed tomography (CT) technology, at the Sustainable Archaeology facility at Western University, to examine the craft of indigenous ceramic manufacture. She received a B.A. in combined Honours Classical Archaeology and Honours English at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2007, where she fell in love with archaeological fieldwork. She completed her M.A. in Archaeology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2011, focused on interpreting ceramics from a historic migratory French Fishery site.

Between 2011 and 2013 Amy worked in field and lab settings with Cultural Resources Management firms in southeastern Ontario. She is interested in preserving and interpreting the material culture of Ontario (with a focus on ceramics research and material science) to further understandings of past cultural traditions and ways of life. When not working on her dissertation, Amy enjoys gardening and equestrian activities.

Director of Membership: Dana Millson

Executive Director: Lorie Harris


Editor, Ontario Archaeology: Chris Ellis

Editors, Arch Notes: Sheryl Smith and Carole Stimmell 

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