Bill Waiser, SOM, FRSC

Professor of History and A.S. Morton Distinguished Research Chair, University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK)

Bill Waiser is a specialist in western and northern Canadian history. He joined the University of Saskatchewan’s faculty in 1984 and has served as head of the Department of History and as Graduate Director. Prior to his faculty appointment, he held the position of Yukon Historian for the Canadian Parks Service.

Prof. Waiser has published over a dozen books, many of which won or were short-listed for awards. Loyal till Death: Indians and the North-West Rebellion was a finalist for the 1997 Governor General’s literary award for non-fiction. All Hell Can’t Stop Us: The On-to-Ottawa Trek and Regina Riot won the 2003 Saskatchewan Book Award for non-fiction. His most recent book, Tommy’s Team: The People behind the Douglas Years, was short-listed for the Canadian Authors Association Best Book in Canadian History in 2011. He is perhaps best known for his centennial history of the province, Saskatchewan: A New History, named by the Globe and Mail as one of the best books of 2005.

Prof. Waiser’s professional committee work includes the Canadian Historical Association Council, the Board of Directors of Canada’s National History Society, the Saskatchewan Archives Board, and the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation. He has been awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, has been named a distinguished university professor, and was granted a D.Litt. or Doctor of Letters. 

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