Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Canadian Business History Group Announced

Several historians of business history in Canada have set up a Google group, "Canadian Business Historians/historiens des affaires canadiens," in order to coordinate activities among Canadian scholars in the field. They also plan a website and a series of scholarly activities.

    The first of these will be the Canadian Business History Workshops, which will feature presentation and discussion of two draft papers (circulated in advance). It is hoped that these will become regular meetings as part of an attempt to build a closer network among business historians in Canada. The inaugural workshop will be held at the Brantford Campus of Wilfrid Laurier University, 73 George Street, Brantford, Ontario N3T 2Y3 on Friday, November 16, 2012. (For a map, please see:

The Workshop will start at noon in the Carnegie Building, Lower Level, Room 100, with lunch, provided by the Dean's office. The schedule is:

12:00-1:30 pm    Lunch

1.30-2.30 pm    J. Andrew Ross (University of Guelph)
“A Gigantic Hockey Slave Farm”: The Business of Professional Hockey Player Recruitment, 1930-1967

2.30-3.00 pm   Coffee break

3.00-4.00 pm    Todd Stubbs and Reg Horne (Lakehead University, Orillia Campus)
Early Canadian Auto Entrepreneurs and the Failure of the 'All-Canadian' Car Revisited
 To facilitate planning, please confirm attendance by sending an email to Rob Kristofferson ( Those unable to attend, but interested in future events and news about Canadian business history, may join the Canadian Business History Group / Groupe d'historiens des affaires canadiens, accessible at Planning is underway to make the workshop a twice-yearly event. The next session will take place in the spring at York University in Toronto.