Faculty: Dr. George Warecki

Associate Professor, History, School of Humanities
Office: Ursuline Hall, Room 319
Email: gwarecki@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519- 432-8353 ext 28239

Academic Background

  • Honors B.A., History, King’s College, The University of Western Ontario
  • M.A., History, The University of Western Ontario
  • Ph.D., History, McMaster University

Research and Scholarly Interests

Dr. Warecki began teaching Canadian History at Brescia in 1993 on a contract basis, and has been a full-time faculty member since 2002. He received the Brescia University College Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Spring of 2009, and chaired the Division of Social Sciences for four years (2009-13). Warecki specializes in North American Environmental History, particularly the history of wilderness protection and public parks policy. He teaches courses in Canadian History (Introductory; PostConfederation; Social History; Editorial Cartoons), and Environmental History (Canadian, and Canada-USA). He continues to work on a full-length biography of J.R. Dymond (1887-1965), a scientist, educator, and conservationist. Dymond was born and raised on a farm in southwestern Ontario. He became a University of Toronto Zoology professor, specialist in Ichthyology (fish studies), a Director of the Royal Ontario Museum of Zoology (1931-48), and founder of interpretive services in Ontario’s provincial parks. Dymond educated people about the natural world and promoted conservation through groups like the Federation of Ontario Naturalists. In June 2019 Warecki presented a paper to the Agricultural History Society in Washington D.C. on Dymond’s work during the Great War as a Seed Analyst for the Canadian Department of Agriculture. The scientist’s influence on park policy was the focus of an initial volume in a series of biographical booklets by Warecki, published by The Friends of Algonquin Park. Each book will trace changes to the park through environmental leadership. A second completed manuscript, on forester and zoologist Douglas Pimlott and his preservationist colleagues, will be published when funding is secured. Warecki is also co-editing a special issue of Ontario History on the environment. He will continue work on the Dymond biography during a six-month sabbatical beginning in January 2020.

Teaching in 2018-19

  • History 2168A: Editorial Cartoons in Canadian History
  • History 2170A: Parks, People, and Power
  • History 3297F: Selected Topics in Canadian Environmental History

Selected Publications

  • J.R. Dymond: Scientific Research, Nature Reserves, and the Interpretive Program in Algonquin Provincial Park, 1931-1954 (The Friends of Algonquin Park, 2019).
  • “Environmental Coalitions and the Limits of Science: Wilderness Advocacy in
    Ontario During the 1970s,” Ontario History Vol. CIX, No. 1 (Spring 2017): 60-88. This article was a co-winner of the Thunder Bay Museum Historical Society’s J.P. Bertrand Award, for the best recent academic article on some aspect of the history of Northwestern Ontario.
  • “The Making of a Conservationist: J.R. Dymond and His Environments, 1887-1932,” Ontario History Vol. CVIII, No. 1 (Spring 2016): 64-91.
  • “Balancing Wilderness Protection and Economic Development: The Politics of Planning for Atikaki, 1972-1983,” Ontario History Vol. CII, No. 1 (Spring 2010): 56-77.