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Our Keynote Speaker for this year


If you have not registered yet, please do. Tuesday July 12th at 2pm eastern time; contact info@fwic.ca or phone: 519-448-3873


Keynote speaker Gail Cuthbert Brandt completed her BA in Honours History at the University of Toronto, her MA from Carleton University, and her PhD from York University. Following a twenty-year career at York’s bilingual campus, Glendon College, she was named Principal of Renison University College at the University of Waterloo in 1992. Following two terms in that position, she took on a number of senior administrative positions at UW.

A specialist in Quebec history and Canadian women’s history, Dr. Cuthbert Brandt is a co-author of Canadian Women: A History (three editions) and of Feminist Politics on the Farm: Rural Catholic Women in Southern Quebec and Southwestern France. She also authored two editions of Bold and Courageous Dreams: A History of Renison University College. Her latest book, Through the Mill. Girls and Women in the Quebec Cotton Industry, 1891-1951, was released in October 2018.

A former president of the Canadian Historical Association, Dr. Cuthbert Brandt is also a founding member and former executive officer of the Ontario Women’s History Network and a member of the Canadian Committee on Women’s History.

Dr. Cuthbert Brandt lives with her husband, Bernd, on a farm in Oxford County where they breed and raise purebred Canadian Horses. They have three adult children and two grandchildren.

Gail is currently Rector’s Warden of St. George’s Anglican Church in New Hamburg and Secretary of the Cheval Canadien Horse Association Ontario.


Fred Fulkersonis a graduate of the Faculty of Education, Universityof Western Ontario,and of the General Machining program at Conestoga College in Ontario. He is a Red Seal Certified General Machinist and is a certified Mastercam and SolidWorks instructor.

He has been teaching for more than twenty years for ConestogaCollege, where he is currently a professorin the Mechanical Engineering department.

Fred is new to beekeeping but is enjoying the challenge and finds bees fascinating creatures.


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