Maxime Dagenais is the Research Coordinator at the Wilson Institute and was, until recently (2014-2016), a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a PhD in French and British North American history from the University of Ottawa in 2011 and was a L.R. Wilson post-doctoral fellow at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History (2012‒14). He has published in several academic journals, including Canadian Military History and Bulletin d’histoire politique, and co-authored a book entitled The Land in Between: The Upper St. John Valley, Prehistory to World War One. He has also written over a dozen articles for The Canadian Encyclopedia and has two forthcoming articles with Quebec Studies and American Review of Canadian Studies. Max is also currently editing a volume on the 1837‒38 rebellions and the United States – The ‘Canadian Revolution’ and the American People – currently under consideration for publication with the Rethinking Canada in the World series published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Ian McKay was appointed the L.R. Wilson Chair in Canadian History at McMaster on 1 January 2016. He taught at Queen’s University from 1988 to 2016. Two of his recent books, both co-authored with Jamie Swift, have focused on peace and war in twentieth-century Canada: Warrior Nation: Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety and The Vimy Trap: Or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War. Two others have been about history, tourism and culture in Atlantic Canada: The Quest of the Folk: Antimodernism and Cultural Selection in Twentieth-Century Nova and [with Robin Bates] In The Province of History: Tourism and the Romance of the Past in Twentieth-Century Nova Scotia. And three have focused on the history of the Canadian left: ed., For a Working-Class Culture in Canada: A Selection of Colin McKay’s Writings in Political Economy and Sociology, 1897-1939, Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada’s Left History, and Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People’s Enlightenment in Canada, 1890-1920, which won the John A. Macdonald Prize from the Canadian Historical Association. His present project is a co-authored study of political theorist C.B.Macpherson, a renowned authority on liberal ideology and practice.