Dr. George Warecki

Dr. George Warecki

Job Title:

 Chair and Associate Professor, School of Humanities


 Full-Time Faculty




 519. 432.8353 x28239


 Ursuline Hall 319

Academic Background

  • Ph.D., Canadian History (1989), McMaster University 
  • MA, History (1983), UWO 
  • Honours BA, History (1982), King’s College 

Previous Work Experience

Dr. Warecki began teaching Canadian History at Brescia in 1993 on a contract basis, and has been a full-time faculty member since 2002.

Representative Publications

  • Douglas Pimlott and the Preservationists in Algonquin Provincial Park, 1958-1974 (The Friends of Algonquin Park, 2021).    https://secure.baytides.on.ca/algonquinpark/cgi/algonquinpark/02041.html
  • George Warecki and Thorold Tronrud, “Editors’ Introduction: Ontario History  
    Special Issue on Environmental History,” Ontario History, Vol. CXII, No. 2  
    (Autumn 2020): 135-8. 
  • George Warecki, DAVID CALVERLEY. Who Controls the Hunt? First Nations, Treaty Rights, and Wildlife Conservation in Ontario, 1783–1939., The American Historical Review, Volume 124, Issue 4, October 2019, Pages 1453–1454, https://doi.org/10.1093/ahr/rhz059 
  • J.R. Dymond: Scientific Research, Nature Reserves, and the Interpretive Program in Algonquin Provincial Park, 1931-1954 (The Friends of Algonquin Park, 2019). http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca/news/2019/2019-07-04_new_book_jr_dymond.php 
  • “Environmental Coalitions and the Limits of Science: Wilderness Advocacy in Ontario during the 1970s,” Ontario History Vol. CIX, No. 1 (Spring 2017): 60-88. 
  • “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. 
  • Protecting Ontario’s Wilderness: A History of Changing Concepts and Preservation Politics, 1927-1973 (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2000).

Representative Conferences 

  • “Naturalists vs. Sportsmen? Unity in the Ontario Conservation Movement, 1920s-1930s”, presented (virtually) at the annual meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, 17 May 2022.  
  • “Why Study Seeds? J.R. Dymond and Nature Interpretation in the Canadian Department of Agriculture During the Great War,” Presented at the Annual Conference of the Agricultural History Society, Washington, D.C., 8 June 2019. 
  • “Parks, People, and Power: An Historical Perspective,” Presented to the Ontario Parks Staff Conference, Orillia, Ontario, 6 December 2017. 

Areas of Teaching 

  • Warecki teaches courses in Canadian History (Introductory; Post-Confederation; Social History; Editorial Cartoons), and Environmental History (Canadian, Canada-USA; and Parks, People, and Power).  In the Fall of 2022, he is teaching a new course: Hockey’s Histories. 

Research Specialization(s)

  • Warecki specializes in North American Environmental History, particularly the history of wilderness protection and public parks policy. He continues to work on a full-length biography of J.R. Dymond (1887-1965), a scientist, educator, and conservationist. 

Awards and Recognition

  • Warecki received the Brescia University College Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Spring of 2009.