Seminar 2020 | Keynote Speaker
Photograph Credit: Beth Devereaux at the Indian River Sheep Dog Trial, Fall 2019
Doctoral Candidate in Canadian Studies, Trent University
The Seminar Organizing Committee is very happy to announce that our 2020 Keynote Speaker will be Helen Knibb. Ms Knibb has a BA in History, and MA in Museum Studies and is currently a doctoral candidate in Canadian Studies at Trent University in Peterborough. Her thesis explores the history of wool growing in Ontario and the prospects for re-generating a regional wool industry. She has a farm just outside of Lang Village where she runs a small flock of Grace Clare's sheep, works her border collies and raises Ojibway and Newfoundland ponies.
Ms Knibb, through her research, has been studying a culture of change among small-to-medium scale fibre producers, processors and consumers in the UK, Europe and USA. These studies are being compared, through the Ontario Wool Study led by Dr Nicole Klenk, to the challenges of wool growing and processing in Ontario.
Ms Knibb, through her work on the challenges and sustainability of the Ontario wool chain and her interest in the conservation and uses of heritage breeds, will make an informative and educational speaker at the 2020 Seminar.