Introducing the Current Board of Directors:
President: Jim Sherratt
Jim is a currently the Manager of Planning and Business Development at Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants Inc. and holds a professional archaeological license. He has been involved in Ontario archaeology since the late 1990s after taking a fieldschool at the Lawson Site, now Museum of Ontario Archaeology. Jim received his Hons. B.A. and M.A. from the University of Western Ontario with research focussed on the Late Woodland period. He spent the first years of his career working in the field of commercial archaeology before joining the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. During his 10 years with the provincial government Jim worked on both compliance enforcement as an Archaeology Reviewer Officer and Inspector under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. In addition, he also in the development and implementation of policies specific to the practice of archaeology within the province. Jim's interest continues to focus on collaborative archaeology with Indigenous communities, archaeological echoes of shared territories, returning Ancestors to Indigenous communities, archaeological practice and policy development. Jim lives in Bayfield Ontario where he is an active member of his local community and can often be found at the hockey rink.
Past President: 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
Rob Pihl became Vice-President of the OAS in 2017 and has been a member since the mid-1970s when he was a graduate student in Anthropology at the University of Toronto (U of T); he has been a Life member for many years. Rob received a BA from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, and a MA from the U of T. Rob has been a professional archaeologist in Cultural Resource Management since 1979, first working for the Museum of Indian Archaeology until 1983 (now the Museum of Ontario Archaeology), then with the firm of Mayer Pihl Poulton and Associates until 1988, and since then with Archaeological Services Inc (ASI). On September 30, 2016, Rob stepped down as Partner and Manager of the Environmental Assessment Division and started a new role with ASI as Senior Advisor; however, he recently decided to take a leave-of -absence from ASI and return to the U of T to complete an unfinished PhD degree that he started in 1976 that is focused on understanding the Middle Woodland ceramics of eastern Ontario and vicinity. Rob enjoys country-living in an 1860s farmhouse that is continuously under renovation, canoeing, travelling, and trying to keep up with six grandkids.
Treasurer: Debbie Steiss
Debbie Steiss is the Treasurer for the OAS. Debbie was 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 Education: Kaitlyn Malleau
Kaitlyn Malleau currently works at Timmins Martelle as a Field and Lab Technician. She received her B.Sc. in Anthropology from Laurentian University, before going on to receive an M.A. in Anthropology from Western University. She has been passionate about Ontario archaeology ever since her field school experience on the Wendat Village site Ellery. For that reason, she chose an Ontario-based topic for her M.A. research, studying the variation of Genesee broad point form and use-wear across southern Ontario. Her research interests include lithic technology, experimental archaeology, and how communities of practice are reflected in material culture. When not doing archaeological work, Kaitlyn enjoys a good novel.
Director of Membership Services: Jill Taylor-Hollings
Currently, Jill is an adjunct professor and postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Anthropology at Lakehead University, as part of the Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Ithiniwak SSHRC partnership grant project centred in Manitoba Rocky Cree communities and the University of Winnipeg. Since moving to NW Ontario in 2001, she has been working for Lakehead in different capacities and has been on the OAS Thunder Bay Chapter executive since 2007.
Jill is passionate about studying, protecting, and promoting Canada’s heritage. Her PhD (University of Alberta, 2017) focused on archaeological research with Lac Seul, Little Grand Rapids, and Pikangikum Anishinaabe communities and Ontario Parks personnel along the Miskweyaabiziibee (Bloodvein River) in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park, which is now part of the Pimachiowin Aki UNESCO World Heritage site. She also completed a Masters of Arts at the University of Saskatchewan and Bachelor of Arts Honours at Brandon University in archaeology. Her research interests include precontact pottery, Indigenous archaeology, and lithic raw material studies. She has over 25 years of academic, CRM, and museum experience in four Canadian provinces and Tasmania.
When not working, Jill enjoys raising champion Standard Long-haired Dachshunds and replicating traditional crafts such as pottery, textiles, and beading. Her other passion is drivable artifacts, as she owns a rare 1969 Acadian 350 SS car. She is married to Peter Hollings, who is a geology professor at Lakehead University. Jill has a mixed Euro-Canadian and Indigenous background, originally hailing from southern Manitoba
Director of Outreach: Craig Ramsoomair
Craig received his B. A. (Hons) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011, double majoring in Archaeology and History. During his time there, he worked extensively with the Wadi-ath Thamad Project in the lab and two field seasons in Jordan. Craig also spent a field season in Israel with the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project.
He went on to obtain his M. A. from University of Toronto in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations in 2014. Craig’s work primarily focused on analysis of Northern Levantine ceramics. He also had the opportunity to work with the CRANE Project, an international multi-university collaboration concentrated on developing a platform for extensive data integration and analysis between researchers. His task focused on the integration of the Tell Tayinat Project data into the OCHRE Database and assisting with the development of the ceramic recognition tool.
Since 2008, Craig has also worked with numerous Cultural Resource Management firms throughout Ontario including as a Field Archaeologist at Archaeological Services Inc, Field Director at Archaeological Research Associates Ltd., and most recently as an Archaeologist at WSP Canada Inc. When Craig is not digging all over Ontario, he is most likely found with his Wife and three cats, making and selling soap.
Director of Heritage Advocacy: Abbey Flower
Abbey fell in love with history while listening to her great-grandmother (who lived to be 110) tell stories around the kitchen table on Manitoulin Island. After discovering archaeology there was no turning back. Abbey has a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Memorial University in Newfoundland, and a MA in Medieval Archaeology from the University of York in the UK. Originally from Kingston Ontario, Abbey has been an active member of the OAS for many years, and has worked closely with various people and groups within the broader cultural heritage industry. She worked for several years in consulting archaeology, with public archaeology programs, and at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, before taking on her current role as Heritage Specialist at Infrastructure Ontario (aka IO). Abbey is committed to help promote understanding, preservation and overall community engagement in Ontario’s archaeology and heritage. In her other passions, Abbey can be found chasing her energetic toddler, working with horses, and playing competitive baseball.
Director of Publications: Kate Dougherty
Kate Dougherty has worked in the Department of Anthropology, Trent University since 2003 in various roles---currently she is the Curator and Demonstrator/Technician. She completed a double-major B.Sc. in Anthropology and Computer Studies at Trent, followed by an MA in
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.
Executive Director: Chiara Williamson
Chiara Williamson is the Executive Director for the OAS, she also works at Fisher Archaeological Consulting as an Archaeological Field Technician. She received her B.A. in Archaeology, Environmental Studies, and Indigenous Studies from the University of Toronto. More recently, she completed her M.A. in Public Issues Anthropology from the University of Waterloo. Ever since a young age she has expressed a passion for archaeology which has made her pursue a career in the discipline. Over the past 4 field seasons she has worked in the CRM industry for various companies. Her research interests include archaeology of the Great Lakes region, decolonization, Indigenous archaeology, artifact stewardship, and issues surrounding reconciliation. When not doing archaeological work she enjoys paddling (particularly the Grand River), and spending time with friends and family.
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