Contributors & Guidelines
The Alberta Sport History Project Committee wishes to thank the many scholars and sport historians who researched and wrote the Introductions and Timelines for specific sports. Each contributor is listed below.
M. Ann Hall Ph.D. - Basketball Introduction & Timeline
M. Ann Hall, Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus in Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta, where she began teaching in 1968. She is also a former Chair of the Women’s Studies Program in the Faculty of Arts. Although retiring in 1997, she continues to be an active scholar through writing, editorial work, occasional teaching, conference presentations, and volunteer work. She is an expert on the history of women’s sport in Canada and her most recent books include The Grads Are Playing Tonight!: The Story of the Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Club (University of Alberta Press, 2011); Immodest and Sensational: 150 Years of Canadian Women in Sport (James Lorimer, 2008); and The Girl and the Game: A History of Women’s Sport in Canada (Broadview Press, 2002).
Robert Kossuth Ph.D. - Football/Rugby Introduction & Timeline
Robert Kossuth, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Lethbridge. He completed his graduate schooling in the School of Kinesiology at The University of Western Ontario. Research interests include late nineteenth and early twentieth century Canadian sport, recreation and leisure history, with a focus on local and regional experiences and masculine identity. Current research projects involve historical investigations of sport and recreation practices in southern Albertan communities focusing on the early community-building role of sport. In addition to teaching and research activities, Robert is also a coach with the University of Lethbridge women’s rugby team.
Jay-Dell Mah - Baseball & Softball Introduction & Timeline
Jay-Dell Mah is a former radio and television news reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto. Since his retirement from the CBC, in the late 1990s, baseball research has been a prime activity. His web site –www.attheplate.com – documents semi-professional and amateur baseball in Canada (mainly in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) and the northeastern United States from the early 1900s to the mid-1970s. A highlight of his baseball career came in the summer of 2010 with induction into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame. In late 2010, he was selected as one of the top 100 most influential figures in baseball in Canada. A native of the prairie border city of Lloydminster, he is co-author of Black Baseball Players in Canada: A Biographical Dictionary, 1881-1960 (McFarland & Company, 2009). He is a member and former webmaster of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research. Jay now lives in the British Columbia interior community of Nakusp.
Theresa Maxwell - Volleyball Introduction & Timeline
Theresa Maxwell is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She began teaching in 1966, and spent the majority of her career working in the teacher preparation programs at the University of Calgary both in Kinesiology and Education. She was actively involved in a number of sports, as a player, coach and administrator. Theresa was intimately involved in volleyball throughout her career, serving as coach to a number of club and high performance teams, as chair of a number of Alberta Volleyball portfolios, then as President of Alberta Volleyball, and finally vice-president and then president of Volleyball Canada. She has written a variety of articles related to volleyball and sport participation in professional journals. She was awarded the (Calgary) Women of Distinction for Sport in 1990, was inducted into the UC Hall of Fame and Alberta Volleyball Hall of Fame, and in 2005 received the Alberta Centennial Salute for Sport and Recreation as one of the 100 most influential figures in Alberta sport during the province’s first 100 years. She continues her scholarly work through writing, teaching, conducting seminars, conference presentations and volunteer work.
Zac Robinson Ph.D. - Mountaineering/Climbing Introduction & Timeline
Zac Robinson, Ph.D., is an historian and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta. His research and teaching interests generally pertain to the cultural and social histories of the Rocky and Columbia Mountains of Canada, with a specific interest in climbing, skiing, parks, and travel writing. An avid climber and skier, he currently serves as the VP Activities of the Alpine Club of Canada and is a regular contributor to the Canadian Alpine Journal. Zac lives in Edmonton with his wife, Liza, and their son, Michael.
Chic Scott - Alpine Skiing Introduction & Timeline
Chic Scott was born in 1945 and grew up in Calgary. At the age of 17 he discovered the world of mountain adventure and since then has devoted his life to skiing and climbing. When only 21 years old he was a member of the team that successfully skied the Great Divide Traverse from Jasper to Lake Louise. In the late 1960s and early 70s he made first winter ascents of Mount Hungabee, Mount Assiniboine and Mount Stephen. During those years he climbed throughout the European Alps and also worked as a mountain guide in Switzerland and France.
Chic has been an active organizer for many years working with the Calgary Mountain Club and the Alpine Club of Canada. In 1978 he formed The Canadian Himalayan Foundation and in 1995 he was one of the founders of the John Lauchlan Award.
In 1987 Chic produced his first book, The History of the Calgary Mountain Club. Since then he has written eight more books – guidebooks, histories and biographies. His 2000 classic, Pushing the Limits, won Alberta Trade Book of the Year and also the Wilfred Eggleston award for non-fiction.
Chic is an honorary member of the Calgary Mountain Club, The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides and the Alpine Club of Canada. He is also a recipient of the Banff Mountain Film Festival summit of Excellence Award. Chic now lives in Banff, AB, where he continues to write, lecture and, of course, ski.
Jim Vantour Ph.D. - Ice Hockey Introduction & Timeline
Jim Vantour, Ph.D., is a former Edmontonian. A life-long hockey enthusiast, his love for the game goes back to his early years when he played on the city’s outdoor rinks and watched the Flyers and Oil Kings at the Edmonton Gardens.
Jim earned his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Alberta. He went on to teach Sociology and Criminology at Carleton University in Ottawa before moving on to a lengthy career in criminal justice and corrections, first as a consultant and then with the federal public service.
He is retired and, with his wife Denise, lives in Ottawa where he writes hockey history, enjoys playing oldtimers’ hockey, and is an enthusiastic spectator at grandson Ben’s games. Jim is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research and is the author of two books on the game in Western Canada: The Fabulous Flyers (2005), the story of the 1954/55 Edmonton Flyers of the Western Hockey League; and The Super League: The Life, Death and Legacy of Western Canada’s First Great Junior Hockey League (2010), the story of the WJHL (1948-1956).
Jon Weller - Canoeing and Kayaking Introduction & Timeline
Jon Weller is an historian, filmmaker and outdoor enthusiast. Graduating from the University of Alberta with a degree in International Development and History, Jon is pursuing a career in heritage and media management. He worked as the Producer for The Ave We Had: A Living History project in Edmonton, Alberta (www.theavewehad.org), which earned an honourable mention for the Governor General's Award for Community Programming. Recently, he has begun working on a number of project through his production company www.blindmanproductions.com.
When all of that is out of the way, you'll find him huddled around a campfire, with a canoe, a set of skis, or a backpack nearby.