Originally from southern Ontario, Sam’s professional background is multidisciplinary. He studied Music at Queen’s University, Canadian Studies at Carleton, and Museum Studies at the University of Toronto. A digital archivist and curator, he’s taught cultural history, information studies, ethnomusicology and media studies at universities in Canada and the United States, including Queen’s, Indiana University (Bloomington) and Scripps College. He has worked with the former Canadian Museum of Civilization, Indiana Historical Society, the Woodland Centre, the Schomburg, the National Music Centre and the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archive to curate and co-develop 40+ on-site and digital exhibits ranging from the careers of iconic Canadian musicians to celebrations of Black Canadian heritage, women’s suffrage, immigration stories and Indigenous art. Sam has also worked with Indigenous, Latinx and LGBTQ2+ partners on more than 30 digital archival and other projects for community and educational outreach. He is a co-founder of inclusiv ltd, which supports community-based contemporary and historical research and heritage initiatives.
Lucie has worked at The ArQuives as an Archivist since 2017. She holds a BA and a Masters of Information both from the University of Toronto. In the summer of 2016 she was the Archives Assistant at The ArQuives, and has previously worked in records management. She currently sits on the Association for Canadian Archivists’ Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Taskforce. Her research interests include community archives, archival performativity, and archives as spaces for activism, resistance, and identity formation.
Ariana serves as Project Archivist. She has previously worked as an Archives Assistant at the City of Ottawa Archives and the Wilfrid Laurier University Archives. She holds a BA from Concordia University and a MA in Fashion from Ryerson University. She also holds a MISt from McGill University’s School of Information Studies. Her research interests include community archives, public history and memory.
DEANNA BICKFORD, SENIOR DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (SHE/HER/THEY/THEM)
Deanna serves as the Development Officer. She worked exclusively in the social profit sector for the past two decades as a communications and fundraising professional. Most recently, Deanna served as the Development Director at Inside Out. There, she helped grow community partnerships and expand resources for innovative programs such as the RE: Focus Fund to support women, trans, and non-binary filmmakers. She has also helped build capacity of several community organizations and advocacy groups including, YWCA, United Way, Leadnow, Friends of the Greenbelt, and Ecojustice.
Jordan has served as the Administrative Assistant since January 2020. He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Toronto, where he studied Human Geography and Women & Gender Studies. He has worked in various administrative capacities and LGBTQ2+ community spaces. He is very proud to be part of The ArQuives team and a community that actively works to preserve QTBIPOC history and storytelling.
Nipun has serves as the Development Assistant. He holds a BA from the University of Mumbai, where he studied Psychology. Nipun is a recent graduate from Centennial College’s Arts Management Program. He worked with Inside Out Film Festival as a Development Assistant for the duration of the 2021 festival. He also is a Committee member of the Will Power Committee for the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, Greater Toronto Area Chapter.
Raegan Swanson, Executive Director, on leave (she/her)
Raegan has been the Executive Director since 2016, and is currently on a 10-month parental leave as of June 2021. She holds a BA from Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface and a Masters of Information from the University of Toronto iSchool. She has worked as an archivist at Library and Archives Canada, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute and as the Archival Advisor for the Council of Archives New Brunswick. She is currently working on her PhD focusing on the role of community archives in Aboriginal and Inuit communities. She is a member of the Steering Committee on Canada’s Archives Taskforce to respond to the “Calls to Action” Report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Board of Directors
Co-President Ana Rita Morais (she/her)
Dr. Ana Rita Morais is the Chair for the School of Design at George Brown College. Her work operates at the paradigmatic intersection of media, culture and society alongside technology and practice. Reflected in her research, she believes that accessible technology has the capacity to cultivate new forms of knowledge, inaccessible via other methods. Her doctoral research-creation project develops an archival augmented reality app entitled me-dérive: toronto. The SSHRC-funded project recalls site-specific, photographic narratives using crowd-sourced images that work against the conventional nature of institutional archival material—those which often fail to account for diverse and marginalized histories. As an administrator at one of Toronto’s primary design institutions, Ana Rita is an advocate for diversity across both academia and social institutions alike.
Co-President Justin Hughes-Jones (he/him)
Justin is currently the Senior Director, Digital Sales at RBC. He is a strategic individual with strong analytical and people management capabilities. His experiences include being a business lead for multiple initiatives related to product, strategy, reporting, relationship management and transformation. Through his 15 years at RBC he has worked in Digital Banking, Retail Banking, Private Banking, Call Centres, US Banking and Insurance. He is a diversity and inclusion champion for a number of areas with a focus on the LGBT+ community; including being the Co Chair of the RBC Toronto Pride ERG and a member of ExeQutive.
Vice President Renée Saucier (she/her)
Renée first got involved at The ArQuives in 2018 as a practicum student processing the Inside Out Film Festival fonds and since then, she has continued as a collections volunteer, and most recently – a Board Director.
She is a queer white settler living in Sǫ̀mba K’è, Denendeh, within Chief Drygeese Territory, the unceded lands of the Yellowknives Dene and Treaty 8 territory, also home to the North Slave Métis; also known as Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She currently works as a Digital Records Archivist at the Northwest Territories Archives, and has previously worked for the Archives of Ontario, the Ontario Jewish Archives, and the University of Toronto Libraries’ web archiving program. Her interests include the social history of medicine, web and social media archiving, and the relationship between archives and relations of power.
She prefers being on a dance floor or outside, either on a bike or hiking and looking at moss.
Treasurer David DesLauriers (he/him)
David is retired from a 30-year career in investment banking in Toronto and New York and is focused on personal pursuits in volunteering, consulting and mentoring. As a seasoned financial executive, David brings considerable expertise in client relationship management, finance and risk management, and as a trusted advisor on strategic and governance matters. David is currently volunteering on several community boards in a variety of capacities. David lives in Toronto with his husband, Nicolas Burbano Diaz.
Secretary Aaron Cain (he/him)
Aaron Cain is an archivist and librarian who has being involved in Toronto’s arts scene through galleries, libraries, archives, and museums since the early ‘90’s. He formalized his training with UofT’s Master of Information program in 2018.
Being a trans man, Aaron joined the ArQuives to assist in the preservation and celebration of our LGBTQ2+ histories. He has worked with the collections as well as participated in several committees.
Aaron is currently a Librarian with the Toronto Public Library and a freelance archivist.
Director Nathan Hoo (he/him)
Nathan is a longtime advocate for LGBTQ2+ rights. He has worked with a number of LGBTQ+ organizations, providing workshops and resources to help combat homophobia and transphobia since he was a teenager (which he swears was a long time ago).
Nathan represents a union in labour disputes before private arbitrators and administrative tribunals across the country in both French and English. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrated Media from OCAD University and a Juris Doctor from the French Common Law Program at the University of Ottawa.