Professional Experience

  • Associate, Know History—May 2013-Current
  • Research Assistant, Carleton University—Current
  • Teaching Assistant, Carleton University—2014-2015
  • Freelance Researcher, Ottawa—2013-2014
  • Research Assistant, Professor David Dean, Carleton University—May 2011-2012
  • Academic Coach, Centre for Initiatives in Education, Carleton University—2012-2014


Education and Training

Master of Arts, Public History, Carleton University (expected completion 2016)

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), History, Carleton University 2013

Select projects

Bank Street-Ottawa’s Main Street Project (ongoing) Role: Researcher. Know History, the Carleton Centre for Public History, and the Workers History Museum are currently undertaking a project that highlights the history of businesses and workers on Bank Street in Ottawa over the past 200 years. The final product of this research will be a free smart-phone application, where users will be able to browse archival images, documents, oral history interviews, and artefacts that highlight the selected sites.

Photo Resource Project (Parks Canada, Nunavut Field Unit) (2014-2015) Role: Researcher. Facilitated the revision and cataloguing of over 230,000 photographs from the Nunavut Field Unit. This collection contained images of historic value, including the documentation of archaeological and cultural sites, community events, and visitors to the four national parks. Contributed to the creation of two photo collections, and the development and implementation of keyword metadata tags. Took a lead role in the consultation process with stakeholders.

Historic Métis in Ontario (Métis Nation of Ontario) (2012-2014) Role: Researcher. This historical and genealogical research project looked for evidence of historic Métis communities in the Mattawa-Nipissing region. A team of ten researchers and genealogists searched through multiple archives to collect both primary and secondary sources relating to issues around Métis political organization, cultural development, lineage, and social practices. Facilitated and supervised the collection of primary and secondary sources, and data analysis. Contributed to the writing and publication of the final report.

Cultural Resource Inventory and Interpretive Materials Project (Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.) (ongoing). Role: Researcher. Provided assistance on a multi-year project with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. that examines and inventories the cultural resources of select Nunavut communities. Conducted primary and secondary source research at Library and Archives Canada and other public institutions. Tracked file ordering, organized information and conducted file review.

Elliot Lake Cultural Resource Mapping Project (City of Elliot Lake) (2014-2014) Role: Researcher. Emily provided research support to the Elliot Lake Cultural Resource Mapping Project. Designed, created, and managed a cultural resource database. Reviewed primary and secondary sources, tracked data in MS Access database, ensured data integrity. Conducted community consultation and provided document support services.

Oral History Transcription, Canada: Day 1 (Canadian Immigration Museum at Pier 21) (2013-2014). Role: Transcriptionist. Transcribed 27 interviews conducted by Pier 21 for their upcoming exhibit Canada: Day 1. These interviews focused on immigrant experiences in coming to Canada. All transcriptions were done according to Baylor University Guidelines. Each interview was transcribed and then verified by a separate transcriptionist. Background research was conducted to verify place names, acronyms and other historical information. Additionally, the team worked with Metadata tags to identify key themes and issues across multiple interviews. The original interviews were provided in both English and French.

Royal Canadian Mountain Police in Nunavut and the North West Territories (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) (2013): Provided research for in-depth archival review of the RCMP’s role in the Arctic. Designed, created, and managed a database of records. Ordered and reviewed records from Library and Archives Canada.

Oral History Transcription (Canadian War Museum) (2013-2014) Role: Transcription. Provided oral transcription services to the Canadian War Museum for their Oral Transcription Project.

Performing History Project (David Dean, Carleton University) (2012) Role: Research Assistant. Provided research support to Professor David Dean on Shakespeare’s plays and their early production. Prepared an extensive research report summarizing findings.

Performing History Project (David Dean, Carleton University) (2011) Role: Research Assistant. Conducted independent research on the Iroquois for the National Art Center’s 2012 production of King Lear. Prepared an extensive research report summarizing findings. Research was used by the director, dramaturge, costume and set designers in the staging of the play and in the professor’s SSRC funded Performing History project.


Publications and Presentations

“Alternative Histories of Work and Labour in the National Capital Region.” Presentation at the Active History Conference, London, Ontario (October, 2015).

“Untangling the Technology of Genealogy.” Presentation at the Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Ontario (June, 2015).

“(Re)Creating History: Tensions Between Accuracy and Authenticity in Theatre.” Presentation at 21st Annual Underhill Colloquium, Ottawa, Ontario (March, 2015).

“Behind the wheel of Driving Miss Daisy” Presentation at the Soloway Jewish Community Center, Ottawa,(September 2014).

“Behind the wheel of Driving Miss Daisy” Presentation at the Ottawa Little Theatre, Ottawa, (July 2014).

“Blogging and Tweeting for Historians: how to get started, trip and tricks.” Presentation at the Bytown Museum Youth Council Meeting, Ottawa, Ontario (July, 2014).

Keyes, Emily. “Cartographie des ressources culturelles.” Presentation at the Francophone Focus Group for the Elliot Lake Cultural Mapping Project, Elliot Lake, Ontario, (October, 2013.)

“Robert McCaffrey Memorial” Presentation at the Goulbourn Museum Board, Goulbourn, Ontario, (May 2013.)


Volunteer and Professional Affiliations

Graduate Student Representation and Secretary, Public History Group (Current) ● Assistant Organizer, The Ottawa Historical Association (Current) ● Member, The Canadian Historical Association (Current) ● Volunteer Organizer, The League of Canadian History Enthusiasts Ottawa Chapter (Current) ● Volunteer, City of Ottawa Museums and Heritage Programs (Current) ● Volunteer, Out of the Cold Supper Program (Current) ● Social Media Programmer, Underhill Colloquium (2014-2015) ● CHA Student Representative, Carleton University (2014-2015) ● Member of the National Council on Public History (2014) ● Assistant Organizer, Ignite Culture (2013) ● Historical Researcher, The Ottawa Little Theatre (2013) ● Undergraduate International Student Mentor (2012) ● Fall Orientation Team Leader, Carleton University (2011-2012) ● Committee Member, CUSA Elections Council (2011) ● Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Representative, Carleton University (2009-2011) ●


Awards and Recognition

Mitacs-Accelerate Graduate Research Internship Program (2015) ● Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research (2014-2015) ● Carleton Teaching Assistantship, Carleton University (2014-2016) ● History Departmental Scholarship, Carleton University (2014-2016) ● Entrance Scholarship, Carleton University (2014) ● Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Institutional Undergraduate Student Research Award (2011-2012)


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