Conference Speakers

Barry Gough

Victoria-born Barry Gough is a prize-winning authority of world maritime history. His lifelong mission has been to embrace the rich history of Canadian seas, lakes and rivers as a means of revealing unique features of Canada's past and, in addition, disclosing its international importance. Author of numerous acclaimed histories of Pacific waters, of Great Lakes naval history, and of Northwest Passage attempts, he is besides official historian of Canada's famed tribal class destroyer HMCS Haida: he wrote the book that saved the ship, now lying in Hamilton, Ontario. He studied Imperial and Naval History at Kings College London University, and was awarded the PhD and DLit degrees for significant contributions to learning. He is a Past President of the Canadian Nautical Research Society and is on the Editorial Board of its journal The Northern Mariner. His book Pax Britannica: Ruling the Waves and Keeping the Peace before Armageddon (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) won the coveted British Maritime Foundations Mountbatten Prize. His acclaimed biographies of two fur traders and commercial strategists --Sir Alexander and Peter Pond -- opened new vistas in Northwest Company history. He takes particular pride in his artfully crafted published tale of Juan de Fuca, George Vancouver and Alcala Galiano, which appeared as Juan de Fuca's Strait: Voyages in the Waterway of Forgotten Dreams (Harbour Publishing, 2012/pb 2013) His classic British Columbia maritime study is The Royal Navy and the Northwest Coast of North America, 1810-1914 (UBC Press, 1971) which, after a complete overhaul, was published as Britannia's Navy on the West Coast, 1812-1914 (Heritage House, 2016). He has lectured extensively ashore and afloat, and is Professor Emeritus of History, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo. He resides in Victoria. An ally of marine artists, hydrographers, anthropologists, and students of cross-cultural encounters he is known for his story-telling capacities and the authenticity of his research. He is Hon. President, British Columbia Historical Federation.

Eric Peterson
Founder & President
Tula Foundation / Hakai Institute