President: Emma Varley
Emma Varley is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brandon University, as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan, and Adjunct Professor and Senior Advisor for Qualitative Research on Maternal and Newborn Health at the University of Manitoba’s Centre for Global Public Health. As a medical anthropologist specializing in hospital ethnography, her research explores the contribution of medical mismanagement and malpractice to maternal injury and death, the impacts of conflict and natural disaster on obstetric services, and the use of medicine as a tactic of war. She has served as a technical expert and consultant on state and non-governmental interventions in South Asia in such areas as the Safe Motherhood and Global Polio Eradication Initiatives.
President-Elect: Monica Heller
Monica Heller is professor emerita at the University of Toronto. Her area of specialization is linguistic anthropology, with a focus on the role of language in the construction of social difference and social inequality, especially as tied to ideologies of the nation-state, and specifically to linguistic minority movements, principally in francophone Canada, but also in Europe. Her last two books are Language, Capitalism, Colonialism : Toward a Critical History (with Bonnie McElhinny; 2017, University of Toronto Press) and Critical Sociolinguistic Methods : How to Study Language Issues that Matter (with Sari Pietikäinen and Joan Pujolar; 2017, Routledge). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and chaired its Committee on Public Engagement from 2018-2021. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sociolingiistics 2017-2021. She was President-Elect of the American Anthropological Association 2011-2103 and President 2013-2015. She has been awarded two honorary doctorates, from Universität Bern (2017) and from l’Université de la Bretagne Orientale (2020).
Past-President: Éric Gagnon Poulin
Éric Gagnon Poulin is a visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his PhD in anthropology at Laval University, and specializes in economic anthropology. He is interested in poverty, social exclusion, the labor market, sustainable development and resistance in Quebec and Latin America. His research interests include analysis of the State’s discourse on poverty, neoliberalism, and the transformations of the welfare state. His current project focuses on the links between employability measures, the proliferation of precarious jobs and systemic poverty.
Secretary: Deidre Rose
Deidre Rose is a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Guelph. She earned her doctorate in Social Anthropology at the University of Toronto (2005). Her doctoral research focussed on popular theatre and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in Dominica. Articles based on that research have been published in The Journal of American Folklore and New Proposals. More recently, her research focus has shifted to the corporatization of the university, neoliberalism, and the plight of precarious workers, especially those in academic settings.
Francophone Member at Large: Olivia Roy-Malo
Olivia Roy-Malo is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Université Laval and in education science at Université de Paris. Her research, located at the crossroads of educational anthropology, political anthropology and rural studies, focuses on the circumstances of elementary schools in rural Quebec. The recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship (SSHRC), Olivia has examined the implementation of various educational projects in order to document the diverse forms of engagement and social mobilization within and surrounding schools from a political economy perspective. Her master’s degree explored these issues in relation to questions of environmental conservation. Olivia has published academic articles and several book chapters. She was also closely involved in drafting a collective work (D’espoir et d’environnement? Nouvelles ruralités et mise en valeur de la nature au Bas-Saint-Laurent [Ed. S. Doyon]) and has participated in conferences both nationally and internationally. In addition to her academic pursuits, she creates artistic and theatre productions.
Anglophone Member at Large: Rine Vieth
Rine Vieth (they/iel) is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at McGill University. Their research interests lie in the intersections of law, society, and religion, with a particular attention to the sociohistorical processes surrounding encounters with legal regimes. Their doctoral project focuses on how asylum-seekers claiming status in the UK on the basis of religious belief are assessed by the UK Home Office and the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunals. An active member of their university community, they served on the committee to create McGill's first policy on sexual violence, created a campuswide campaign to advocate for mental health support, and coordinated numerous consultations involving both campus labour unions and student organizations. Away from anthropological work, they enjoy reading (and making!) comics, and growing as many plants as their apartment can fit.
Incoming-Treasurer: Daniel Tubb (start November 1, 2021)
Daniel Tubb is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada and an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa. He is author of the book Shifting Livelihoods Gold Mining and Subsistence in the Chocó, Colombia, and has ongoing research on oil palm plantations, agrarian change, and the impacts of war on nature in Colombia, and on the impacts of resource projects in their early phase in Canada.
Past-Treasurer: Thomas (Tad) McIlwraith
I am a cultural anthropologist at the University of Guelph. In British Columbia, I work with Indigenous communities and individuals to document territory, understand food and resource harvesting practices, and to help Elders and families prepare life histories. My work also includes an effort to understand the attitudes and biases that underpin consulting anthropology projects such as traditional land use and occupancy studies. Recently, I have partnered with the Canadian Camping Association to address issues related to cultural appropriation at children's summer camps.
Communication Officer and Webmaster: Alex Oeher
Alex Oehler is assistant professor at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. He completed his PhD in anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and specializes in environmental anthropology. He is interested in human-landscape and human-animal relations in the Circumpolar North, particularly the Russian Far East, Siberia, and Arctic Canada. His research focuses on non-western approaches to domestication, Indigenous forestry, and sentient ecology. His current work focuses on multispecies ethnography in Inner Asia, with new work emerging on the theme of human-tree relations.