The Carleton Network for Business History is a collaborative project involving scholars, archivists, students and researchers who are committed to researching, preserving and writing about the business history of the Ottawa area.

This project has two objectives:

  1.  To encourage the teaching and practice of Business history, with a particular focus on the Ottawa region (Ottawa, Ottawa Valley, Rideau Valley, the Pontiac), and
  2. To establish a collection of archival materials to support business history-related teaching and research by Carleton faculty, undergraduate and graduate students and visiting researchers.

Our purpose is not to duplicate collections or services already offered by other local institutions, but rather to:

  1. Collect information about what is available locally so that researchers are better informed
  2. Start to collect the business records of important local businesses that are not already being collected elsewhere
  3. Assemble a collection of hard to find secondary business history sources.

Who and what is remembered depends not only on the preservation of materials by archives but also on the availability of those materials to researchers and writers. The business community has played an important role in building our community. Our goal is to help their stories get told. If you’d like to know more, contact us at: cnbh @ sprott.carleton.ca.

CNBH Members include:

Dr. Leighann C. Neilson, Associate Professor, Sprott School of Business and Coordinator, Carleton Network for Business History. Much of Dr. Neilson’s research focuses on historical themes such as the history of marketing in Canada. Her research has been published in the Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, the Journal of Macromarketing and Marketing Education Review, among others. She is currently conducting biographical research on John Murray Gibbon (1875-1952), General Publicity Agent for Canadian Pacific Railway.

Dr. Matthew Bellamy is an associate professor of history at Carleton University in Ottawa where he has been the recipient of a number of teaching and book awards. He specializes in Canadian business, economic and cultural history. His latest research has taken him into the realm of brewing history. His work on brewing has been recently published in Canada’s History Magazine, The Legion and the international journal of Brewery History. He is also a regular contributor to Taps: The Beer Magazine. Bellamy contends that perhaps no industry is more revealing about Canadian culture, history and attitudes.

Francois Brouard, DBA, FCPA, FCA, Associate Professor/ Professeur agrégé in the accounting group (taxation and financial accounting), Sprott School of Business; Founding Director, Sprott Centre for Social Enterprises (SCSE) / Centre Sprott pour les entreprises sociales (CSES) (http://sprott.carleton.ca/scse-cses/) and Member, Carleton Network for Business History. He is also the champion of the Sprott Entrepreneurship programs. François is co-editor/rédacteur en chef ANSERJ (http://www.anserj.ca) -Revue canadienne de recherche sur les OSBL et l’économie sociale / Canadian journal of nonprofit and social economy research. Dr. Brouard’s research focuses on social enterprises, small and medium entities (SME), entrepreneurship and family business. Among his current project is the development of the Social Enterprises database.

Dr. Merridee Bujaki, Associate Professor, Accounting, Sprott School of Business. Dr. Bujaki’s research interests include the early accounting records for the construction of the Rideau Canal and research on trends in voluntary disclosures in Canadian corporate annual reports. Her research with a historical dimension has been published in Accounting History, the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, and Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. At present, she is exploring the earliest budgets for the Rideau Canal, as well as the development of control and reporting practices during the initial years of the Rideau Canal’s operation.

    Dr. David Dean, Professor of History and Co-Director, Carleton Centre for Public History

Tom Duxbury is Entrepreneur in Residence at Wesley Clover Technologies, a private equity incubator.   He is an advisor to many startups, having  co-founded several technology ventures and been awarded a variety of patents.  Tom received his engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and MBA from Queen’s University.  He is currently completing his PhD in Management at the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University in Ottawa, where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship and innovation.   Tom has published several articles in the Technology Innovation Management Review related to creativity and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Bruce Elliott, Professor of History.

Shawn Graham is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities. He also founded Pontiac County’s first artisanal cidery with his family in Bristol, Quebec, restoring a 1930s village dance hall in the process. Public history is very much part of the business plan at Coronation Hall Cider Mills! His academic work surveys the ways new media are used to construct cultural heritage knowledge, from the perspectives of practicing archaeologists, historians, and the wider public. He explores the rhetorics implicit in different ways of encoding digital tools, and the effects these have on consuming/creating archaeological and historical data. For his complete digital footprint, see http://about.me/dr.graham

Patti Harper, M.A., Head, Archives and Research Collections

Dr. James Opp, Associate Professor History and Co-Director, Carleton Centre for Public History. He is currently writing a book on the history of photographic archives in prairie Canada, and his research interests include place, memory, digital history, gender, the history of the body, and visual culture. He is also leading a team developing the Rideau Timescapes App, a smartphone application for delivering historical photographs “in place” along the Rideau Canal.

Dr. Alejandro Ramirez, Associate Professor, Information Systems, Sprott School of Business. Currently working on the history of ideas that have transformed Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and their impact on organizations. His research interests include the development of Universal Digital Libraries, search engines, and Web 2.0 technologies including Wikis, Blogs, and Social Media.

  • John Walsh is a social historian whose research interests include social space, governance, the history of cartography,storytelling, and public memory.  His current research includes a a collaborative research and teaching project devoted to the place memories of growing up in Ottawa, especially in the neighbourhoods near Carleton University.
  • Sanna Guérin is a Masters student involved with the Carleton Centre for Public History.  Her current area of research is the authorship of public memory, and the representation of women in museum.  A resident of Ottawa for the last ten years, Sanna has worked on projects involving local history as a tour guide, program animator, and historian.  She has also curated two exhibitions about Ottawa’s history.

The Carleton Network for Business History is funded by a Carleton Innovation Forum grant.

John Walsh is a social historian whose research interests include social space, governance, the history of cartography,storytelling, and public memory.  His current research includes a a collaborative research and teaching project devoted to the place memories of growing up in Ottawa, especially in the neighbourhoods near Carleton University.

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