The Treasurer is the financial officer of the association and has ex-officio status on the editorial board of the journal Anthropologica. S/he is responsible for several vital financial tasks for CASCA that are accomplished in conjunction with a professional accountant. Working in close collaboration with the President, the Editor-in-Chief of Anthropologica and other members of the executive, the Treasurer is responsible for disbursing all funds on behalf of the Society. S/he prepares an Annual Report for distribution at the Annual General Meeting, and works within well established guidelines to maintain transparent and accurate accounting procedures on behalf of the Society.

The term of Treasurer is for three years, the first of which will be as Treasurer-Elect. The position of Treasurer-Elect has been established to afford a one-year overlap between the outgoing Treasurer and the incoming Treasurer (the Treasurer-Elect). The Treasurer-Elect will assume all the responsibilities of the Treasurer when the term of the current Treasurer expires, usually at the Annual General Meeting of the Society held during the Annual Conference in May.

Please send all nominations, by March 5th 2010, to:

Evie Plaice, CASCA Secretary
Department of Anthropology
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton NB E3B 5A3
Tel: 506 452-6174

CASCA: A Brief History

In February 1974 at a meeting at Laval Université of a group of 120 anthropologists launched the CESCE, the Canadian Ethnology Society/société canadienne d’ethnologie (CESCE). Its founders included individuals such as Sally Weaver, Marc Adélard Tremblay, Michael Asch, Harvey Feit, Joan Ryan, Richard Preston and Adrian Tanner. They and their colleagues felt there was room for an association of anthropologists separate from the Sociology and Anthropology Association (CSAA), then the dominant professional organization to which many Canadian anthropologists belonged, a group largely dominated by sociologists.

The original constitution defined the organization’s mandate to be: to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among ethnologists. Its aims were to encourage formal and informal dissemination of knowledge through an annual conference and publications; promote relations with other academic and professional associations, aboriginal groups, and governments; and publicize ethnological research and activities to further understanding of ethnological practices.

Key founding members included individuals committed to fostering a tradition of socially and politically relevant anthropological work in Canada. They supported the idea that their professional association must be willing to take a position on issues of political and social importance, particularly those that directly affected the people with whom many of these researchers worked, Canadian Aboriginal people. Additionally, they never assumed a complete separation of the anthropological domains of the museum and the academy, even though few of them had any direct connection to the world of museum anthropological research.

The proceedings of the society's first conference were published by the National Museum of Man in its Mercury Series of publications, and the society established a bilingual newsletter "Le Bricoleur", which changed name in 1976 to the "Bulletin". The society also founded a scholarly journal titled "Culture" whose first volume appeared in 1981. During the early years, the society often held joint meetings with the Society of Applied Anthropology in Canada. The society changed its name in 1988 to the Canadian Anthropology Society to clarify its identity and emphasize its role as an anthropology association.

In 1997 the society negotiated the merger of its journal "Culture" with the independent journal "Anthropologica". The new "Anthropologica" became its official journal in 1998. CASCA continues to hold annual meetings, with its first international meeting being held in 2005 in Merida, Yucatan in conjunction with the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan. In 2007, CASCA reclaimed “Culture” as the name of its new bulletin series. Culture is now online since the Spring issue of 2016.


CASCA: Today

CASCA has more than 500 members from across the country and the world. 

We are proud of the past successes of CASCA. CASCA priorities are:

  1. to lobby funding agencies as necessary to ensure continuing financial support for anthropological research;
  2. to commit to excellence in Canadian anthropology graduate programmes and in the teaching of undergraduate anthropology; and
  3. to provide a platform to anthropologists practicing the discipline outside of academia.

One of the priorities that CASCA has identified is to engage more fully with SSHRC and CIHR in the unique positioning of anthropology in their bodies and to ensure anthropological study, methods and analysis are sufficiently represented in peer-review across the committees. As the association representing Canadian anthropologists, CASCA communicates to the federal government, to the provincial governments as well as the funding agencies the necessity of basic research in anthropology and the social sciences. We must strive to ensure that anthropology is not marginalized when funding is allocated and to do this we must explain clearly the contribution that anthropology makes to Canadian society.

Given the worldwide financial crisis and the looming government deficits, university funding is at risk and students will be asking themselves the age old question: "What job can I get as an anthropologist?" More than ever, CASCA must play a positive role in understanding where our graduates do end up working and how their anthropological training helps them in their careers. CASCA must represent the broad base of Canadian anthropologists across academies and practices, and the CASCA Executive is committed to working with all anthropologies to ensuring that our association meets the needs of the broadest spectrum of anthropologists working in Canada.

To do this, CASCA is working on developing new communication and networking tools to bring together anthropologists and to facilitate sharing of knowledge and communication. We will strive to ensure that our collective voice is heard.To do this, CASCA will continue to work closely with organizations such as the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the World Council of Anthropological Associations.

CASCA is and remains your association. We encourage you to become active in CASCA and to work with fellow members in promoting our discipline across the country and the world.


Fields and subfields of Anthropology:

Anthropology is the study of us, humans, both past and present. The word itself derived from the Greek “anthropos” (humans) and “logia” (study). Anthropologists study both our human species and our closest related species, the primates which include lemurs, monkeys and apes. Some of the fields and subfields of specialization within anthropology include:

  • Social and cultural anthropology: the study of culture and societies from around the world;
    • Ethnography and ethnology: the study and analysis of peoples from around the world, through fieldwork and participant-observation;
  • Archaeology: the study of human societies through their material remains;
  • Physical or biological anthropology: the study of human evolution and human biology;
    • Paleoanthropology: the study of human and primate evolution, through the study of fossilized remains;
    • Primatology: the study of primates including gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys and lemurs;
    • Forensic anthropology: applying anthropological expertise to the study of human remains in a legal setting (ranging from the study of local criminal cases to international cases of war crimes through the excavation of the graves of victims);
  • Linguistic: the study of human language with specialized methods developed to record and analyze languages worldwide and language use in everyday life;
  • Applied: the use of anthropology applied to a variety of tasks in the public and private sector. Though recognized as a separate sub-discipline, all of anthropology can be applied, and Canadian anthropologists have a long tradition of working in partnership with communities.

Though CASCA is comprised primarily of social and cultural anthropologists, our association welcomes all anthropologists, both academic and practicing. 

Some of the features of anthropology:

  • Holism: anthropologists study any component of humanity in relation to the larger cultural and social whole. This means that humans are seen as living in a web of culture and social relations whereby any belief or activity is tied inextricably to all others;
  • Comparative study: at the outset, anthropology distinguished itself from the other social sciences (sociology, political science, philosophy, etc…) in that it studied the “Other” or cultures and societies far from Europe or indigenous societies in North America. However, disciplinary boundaries have blurred with many anthropologists studying at home in their own societies and cultures. Nonetheless, even those anthropologists studying locally will call upon expertise acquired by the discipline globally to better understand their own culture.

Anthropology as a Career:

Anthropologists work in federal, provincial and local governments, international agencies, healthcare centers, nonprofit associations, research institutes and the private sector. Many anthropologists work as consultants applying their expertise to conduct archaeological excavations and cultural resource management, to conduct impact or needs studies or to help develop policy for governmental or non-governmental organizations. One of the goals that CASCA has set for itself in coming years is to play a greater role in helping anthropologists both academics and those practicing their discipline outside of academia to network and to share expertise gained both in terms of methods and theory.

Promo Video: What is CASCA?  By Éric Gagnon Poulin, Université Laval 

Most of my life, during my degree or even as graduate student, I had never heard of CASCA. Still, I did all my schooling in anthropology, one part at UMontréal and the other at ULaval. It was not until 2014 that my research director, Jean Michaud, talked about the Canadian Anthropology Society. Intrigued, I wanted to know more. Like many PhD students, I aim for an academic career. Many are called, few are chosen. Being part of a network like CASCA is unquestionably an asset. I became a member and soon enough, I got involved in the executive committee as the francophone member at large. With my experience in documentary films, one of my first proposals was to make video to promote our association to our colleagues and other anthropologists. Today we present to you the result. We invite you to share this short video in your classes, on the page of your department and to your networks.

Be part of the adventure! Click here



Salisbury Award Committee

  • Past President (Chair)
  • Secretary 
  • Member at Large (Francophone or Anglophone)

 Weaver-Tremblay Prize

  • Previous Prize Recipient (Chair)
  • President
  • Member at Large (Francophone or Anglophone)

Committee for Teaching Awards

  • The CATE Committee will be constituted by the President-Elect, President, the last recipient of the CATE (course instructor), the last recipient of the CATE (permanent faculty), and one CASCA member (preferably a member of the Critical Pedagogy Network) appointed by the CASCA Executive.

Resolutions Committee (More...)

  • Bruce Miller
  • Brian Noble
  • Heather Howard

Co-Chairs of the Women's Network

  • Pauline McKenzie Aucoin
  • Heather Howard


  • Ian Puppe


President: Mary-Lee Mulholland 

President-Elect: Éric Gagnon Poulin

Past-President: Sabrina Doyon

Treasurer: Thomas (Tad) McIlwraith

Secretary: Millie Creighton

Anglophone Member at Large: Maggie Cumming

Francophone Member at Large: Marie Michèle Grenon

Communication Officer and Webmaster: Alex Oehler

List of (almost) all Executive Committee members since 1974 (PDF). Please let us know if you know the missing information! 

President: Mary-Lee Mulholland

Mary-Lee Mulholland is an Associate Professor in Anthropology at Mount Royal University. Much of her academic research focused on the production, performance, and contestation of race, gender, sexuality, and class in various Latin America popular culture forms, such as salsa music and mariachi musical ensembles. She also has experience working as an applied anthropologist for both government and non-governmental agencies on policies pertaining to diversity, multiculturalism, anti-racism, and newcomer integration. Her current research focuses on examining gender in self-defense and martial arts. 


President-Elect: Éric Gagnon Poulin

Éric Gagnon Poulin is a visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his PhD in anthropology at Laval University, and specializes in economic anthropology. He is interested in poverty, social exclusion, the labor market, sustainable development and resistance in Quebec and Latin America. His research interests include analysis of the State’s discourse on poverty, neoliberalism, and the transformations of the welfare state. His current project focuses on the links between employability measures, the proliferation of precarious jobs and systemic poverty.


Past-President: Sabrina Doyon

Sabrina Doyon is a full professor in the department of anthropology at Université Laval. She completed her PhD in anthropology at McGill University, and specializes in environmental anthropology. Her research and teaching explore how both socio-environmental relationships and nature itself are undergoing transformations. More specifically, she works on environmental conservation and alternative environmental projects in the fields of agriculture and fishery. Her analyses are guided by political ecology and environmental history frameworks. She takes a comparative approach to her research, which leads her to do fieldwork in Spain, Cuba, Mexico and Québec.



Thomas (Tad) McIlwraith

I am a cultural anthropologist at the University of Guelph. In British Columbia, I work with Indigenous communities and individuals to document territory, understand food and resource harvesting practices, and to help Elders and families prepare life histories. My work also includes an effort to understand the attitudes and biases that underpin consulting anthropology projects such as traditional land use and occupancy studies. Recently, I have partnered with the Canadian Camping Association to address issues related to cultural appropriation at children's summer camps.



Secretary: Millie Creighton

Biography coming soon



Anglophone Member at Large: Maggie Cummings

Maggie Cummings is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto, Scarborough (UTSC).  In Vanuatu, she has done fieldwork on gender, modernity, and social change among youth in the of Port Vila and with returned migrant agricultural workers. Her research interests have recently expanded to include the ethnography of social media and the anthropology of education, in Vanuatu and beyond.




Francophone Member at Large: Marie Michèle Grenon

Marie Michèle Grenon completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in anthropology and political science at the Université de Montréal. She is currently a doctoral student in anthropology at Laval University. Her research focuses on the international cooperation of Southern countries in the field of health and education. As part of critical approaches to development and decolonialism, her doctoral project aims to analyze an example of South-North collaboration between Cuba and Canada in literacy. Marie Michèle also works as a research assistant in a project funded by the Inclusive Society in habilitation-rehabilitation and support for social integration. The goal is to create more inclusive physical and social environments for people with disabilities.




Communication Officer and Webmaster: Alex Oeher

Alex Oehler is assistant professor at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. He completed his PhD in anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and specializes in environmental anthropology. He is interested in human-landscape and human-animal relations in the Circumpolar North, particularly the Russian Far East, Siberia, and Arctic Canada. His research focuses on non-western approaches to domestication, Indigenous forestry, and sentient ecology. His current work focuses on multispecies ethnography in Inner Asia, with new work emerging on the theme of human-tree relations.


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