cbhalogoI am thrilled to have been asked to sit on the initial Steering Committee for a New Canadian Business History Organization.  The organization is called The Canadian Business History Association – l’association Canadiennes pour l’histoire des affaires (CBHA/ACHA).

Building on earlier efforts to stimulate business history in Canada, a small group of historians,former archivists, and business people has been formed to create this new business history organization.  We believe that our business heritage is an integral part of Canadian history and that this heritage cannot be preserved without a strong academic/business partnership.

The CBHA/ACHA believes it is important for businesses to organize and open their archives by engendering a respect for the role of scholarship in helping to understand the social significance of commerce.   Despite its long historical and economics traditions, attempts of late to further Canadian history have remained small and localized.  Canada is too large and diverse a country to cultivate integrated interdisciplinary, regional, and ethnic forums for the study of business history without a partnership with the business community.

The CBHA/ACHA mission is to establish a not-for-profit association that provides a forum for archivists, historians, managers, and management scholars to further the historical study of Canadian business and how that history relates to other countries.

The CBHA/ACHA Objectives include:

  • Substantially increasing the amount and quality of Canadian business history.
  • Improving the quality of, and gaining access to, commercial archival materials, and to provide a central site to make sources accessible to a broad audience.
  • Increasing the amount of business history taught at Canadian business schools and in history departments.
  • Helping encourage and supervise more corporate histories within a professional approach.
  • Increasing the number of companies that include history as a part of their corporate orientations.
  • Making Canadian business history accessible to the general public.
  • Supporting academic research and publication in Canadian business history.
  • Developing outreach and strong links with business and academic communities.

While the organizing of the group is in its initial stages of formation, stay tuned its website for more information about its development.