Member Profiles

The Hamilton Historical Board is comprised of 15 members appointed to a four-year term by City Council. The Board is supported by resource personnel from the Tourism and Culture Division, Museums and Heritage Presentation Section.

The current composition of the Board  in 2014 is:

Robert D. Hamilton, MLIS  Chair HHB
Robert moved to Hamilton from Winnipeg in 1992 after graduating from the University of Western Ontario’s Master of Library and Information Science programme.

His volunteer efforts began almost immediately, researching the history of a prominent local building, the Herkimer Apartments, which were built in 1914-1915.   This research broadened to encompass the careers of nearly 200 architects who lived and worked in Hamilton from the 1840’s through to 1950.

Robert served on LACAC for several years prior to commencing his current position in 1996, as archivist and records manager for The Woodbridge Company Limited – the private holding company of the late Kenneth R. Thomson and his extended family.
Robert was actively involved from 1996 – 2008 with the Hamilton Region Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO for short), where he served as Branch President, and acted as an exhibition curator, and tour guide.

Robin McKeeVice-Chair HHB, Chair Joint Plaquing Sub-committee
Robin is a tireless advocate for the preservation of Hamilton’s history, artifacts, and architecture. He is best known for his historical walking tours in the Hamilton Cemetery. He has co-authored four local heritage books and is an active heritage speaker.

Dr. Mary Anderson
Mary holds a PhD degree from McMaster in English with a minor in Religious Studies. She is an published writer and playwright, best known for her book The Tragedy and the Triumph. Mary is the leading authority on the McQuestens of Whitehern.  Partnered with Hamilton Public Library, she directs the web site www.whitehern.ca.  She is also president of Hamilton Heritage Arts Inc. and a regular speaker for various heritage groups.

Dr. Christine LeiEditorial Team Leader
Christine is an educator for Nipissing University, with publications on Loretto Academy, the Ontario Normal College, Mount Mary Academy, and women’s hockey in Hamilton. She is currently researching the history of the Hamilton’s cadet movement. Christine is a committed  advocate for heritage preservation; she believes if we are to survive as a city, it is vital to preserve Hamilton’s history for future generations.

Carolyn McCann
Carolyn  was born and raised in central Hamilton with a father who loved history and thought local sites were ideal places for childhood excursions. After a career in education, Carolyn has been actively involved with the Historical Board because she recognizes the importance of our local history in the educational experiences of everyone, both young and old.

John NixonChair, Communication and Education Sub-Commitee
John is a retired secondary school teacher with a passionate interest in local history, especially the War of 1812.  He is the author of the novel Redcoat 1812.

Susanne Noordyk
Susanne is a writer and artist who has studied interior design. She has a life long interest in history and heritage.  Through her involvement  with the Hamilton Historical Board she works to preserve Hamilton’s heritage for future generations.

Pat SaundersChair, Heritage Events Sub-Committee
Pat’s life began in a log house on the Saskatchewan prairie, the elder daughter of recently arrived immigrants. Being raised at the knees of Tommy Douglas instilled a sense of social justice which she pursued as a Social Worker upon graduation from McMaster University. Her interest in  heritage resulted from chairing a Task Force to explore locating the H.P.H. Museum in the 1884 Century Manor Building. Thinking there was strength in numbers she joined the Hamilton Mountain Heritage Society and more recently (2000) the Hamilton Historical Board.

Councillor Russ Powerswww.russpowers.ca

Robert Williamson
Bob is a retired Secondary School principal, former Commanding Officer of Hamilton’s Naval Reserve, HMCS Star, Past-Chair of the Hamilton Mountain Heritage Society, Chair of the Board of Governors for the Hamilton Division of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, and a member of the Hamilton-Wentworth Board of Education Archives. A heritage book writer, Bob also delivers countless illustrated talks, and conducts local heritage tours. He has been a member HHB for over 10 years in an effort to help preserve and promote local heritage.

Ian Kerr Wilson, Manager of Museums & Heritage Presentation
Staff Liaison to the Hamilton Historical Board
905.546.2424, Ext. 1747
E-mail: Ian.Kerr-Wilson@Hamilton.ca

Christopher Redford, Heritage Presentation Coordinator
Staff Liaison to the Hamilton Historical Board
905.546.2424, Ext. 4688