Friday, October 17, 2014

Confirmed Speaking and Launch Dates

Things are moving pretty fast, actually they are flying along!  To help with the navigation of this site, here is the list of the confirmed speaking and launch dates.  More information for each event can be found by scrolling down the page.  I will continue to update the event posts so do not forget to review them for new information.

  • November 1st, 2014 (6-8pm):  Northern Lights:  Two New Books Explore Canada's Aviation Pioneers at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum (Ottawa, ON)
  • November 5, 2014 (5:30 - 7pm):  Feminist History Society book launch (Ottawa, ON)
  • November 13, 2014 (6-8pm):  Women in Science and Engineering (Ottawa, ON)
  •  November 20, 2014 - TBC  
  • December 22, 2014 (7pm):  Thunder Bay Historical Museum (Thunder Bay, ON)

Book Launch in Thunder Bay Confirmed for December 22nd at 7pm!

I am happy to announce that I will speaking about my book, and copies will be available for sale in Thunder Bay, Ontario on December 22nd, 2014

This is a wonderful opportunity to share my work on Elsie with my home town of Thunder Bay! Elsie, who worked at Canadian Car and Foundry (now Bombardier) as the Chief Aeronautical Engineer during the Second World War has wonderful historical ties to the city.  As for me, even after she left Fort William in 1943 the she maintained contact with friends and family and an active interest in the region - in her records she has the announcement of the creation of the City of Thunder Bay!

Many thanks to Drs. Michel S. Beaulieu and Ron Harpelle for helping to get this launch off the ground!

Event Date:                                         Monday, December 22, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location:                                   Thunder Bay Museum (425 Donald Street East)
Event Fee:                                           Free. Everyone is welcome!
Event Contact Name:                          Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu
Event Contact Phone:                          (807) 343-8341
Event Contact E-mail:               
Event Contact Web:                 

More information is available on the History Department's webpage for Lakehead University:

Facebook Events Page for RSVP:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Feminist History Society Book Launch - Ottawa - November 5th, 2014

 Queen of the Hurricanes:  The Fearless Elsie MacGill is the fifth book in the Feminist History Society's collection of books about feminist history from the 1960s to 2010s.

For more information about the Feminist History Society see:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Elsie Gregory MacGill and Women and Science and Engineering (WISE) Ottawa - November 13, 2014

On November 13, 2014 I will be speaking as part of a panel to the members of the Ottawa Women and Science and Engineering (WISE) organization.  This is an exciting opportunity as Elsie was connected to WISE when it was just getting off the ground and became the organization's first honorary member on April 23rd, 1979.  

Event details:

Date:                                  November 13, 2014
Location:                            University of Ottawa, CBY A707 (Ottawa, ON)

For the Facebook event page see:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Queen of the Hurricanes and the Feminist History Society

Queen of the Hurricanes is a Feminist History Society book, and more information about this which is working to preserve the history of the Canadian women's movement between 1960 and 2010 organization is available at their website:

Many thanks to the members of the Feminist Historical Society for their support for this project when it was still in an embryonic state!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Northern Lights: Two New Books Explore Canada's Aviation Pioneers

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail has been busy and we now have a Facebook Event Page for the November 1st book launch were we will both be presenting our books and doing signings.  As noted on the event page:

Queen of Hurricanes by Crystal Sissons
Come celebrate the launch of two new titles by authors Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail (Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North (see more information below)) and Crystal Sissons (Queen of the Hurricanes: The Fearless Elsie MacGill) at this exciting event.

Polar Winds by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail


There will be an engaging, illustrated talk by the authors followed by a Q&A and book signing. Guests will also be invited to join in a special themed cake and coffee and tea.

This event is generously being hosted by the Canada Aviation and Space Museum with additional sponsorships and promotional partnerships from: Women in Science and Engineering, Canadian Aviation Historical Society (National), and event coordinator Carolyn Leslie. If you would like to be added to this list, please contact Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail (

It is FREE and open to the public, but please RSVP by joining this event or sending a note to Danielle at the above email address by October 25.

We are happy to announce that Perfect Books will be onsite to assist in book sales during the event!

The event page is located at: 

Biographical Note - Crystal Sissons

Crystal Sissons is an independent historian and works at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in Ottawa.  She completed her Master’s and Ph.D. in history at the University of Ottawa, after finishing undergraduate degrees in history and education at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  Crystal is also active in a number of organizations, including the Business  and Professional Women’s Club of Ottawa within BPW Canada.

Biographical Note - Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is an award-winning writer, speaker, and historian, and occasional CBC radio columnist. She is the author of For the Love of Flying (2009) and Polar Winds: A Century of Flying the North (2014), and is working on a children’s book, historical novel, and anthology project. She was writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon; Chatelaine’s  Maverick of the Year in 2011, and is currently serving as Edmonton’s Historian Laureate.

Monday, October 6, 2014

November 1st Launch Location Secured!

I am happy to announce that the November 1st book launch with Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail has been secured at the Canadian Aviation Space Museum!  Details so far:

November 1st, 2014

As soon as more information is available I will post it online.  Stay tuned!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Additional Pictures from the Elsie Gregory MacGill Northern Lights Awards

An excellent blog post has been put up by BK On the Scene with wonderful photos from this event. They really capture the magic of this powerful evening: