Mark Kuhlberg

Mark Kuhlberg

Full Professor | Coordinator, MA in History

Department of History
A-207C, Arts Building Sudbury Campus


Mark was born and raised in Toronto. After accepting that his hockey career was not going to be a paying proposition, he turned to treeplanting for sustenance. It took only twenty seasons in the bush for him to realize that there were easier ways to make a living; he turned to academia. He is now an Associate Professor and Director of the MA History program. His publications span many sub-fields of history, including the realms of business, environmental, political, education and Aboriginal History, and his fields of expertise are Ontario's forest history in particular and the history of Canada's woodlands in general. Mark has a wonderful family consisting of a wife, two children and Fernie the wonder-dog, and he remains a diehard fan of the Maple Leafs; he is still awaiting his call up to the team.


  • PhD (History) - York University
  • MA (History) - York University
  • BA (History/Political Science) - University of Toronto


Mark's focus is all aspects of forest history in Canada. His published work analyzes the history of Canada's pulp and paper industry and government-business relations in Ontario's forest industry.


  • Social Sciences and Humanities


HIST3296 - Canadian Environmental History
HIST5156 - Themes in Canadian History

HIST1407 - Canadian History: Post-Confederation
HIST3006 - Approaches to Canadian History
HIST4287 - Northern Ontario: World War I to Present



One Hundred Rings and Counting: Forestry Education and Forestry in Toronto and Canada,

                    1907-2007 (University of Toronto Press, 2009)

In the Power of the Government: The Rise and Fall of Newsprint in Ontario, 1894-1932

                 (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming in winter 2015).

Works Edited

The Forestry Chronicle (May/June 2014), Vol. 90(3) [the Canadian Institute of Forestry’s


Chapters in Academic Books

“‘Pulpwood is the Only Thing We Do Export’”: The Myth of Provincial Protectionism in

                  Ontario’s Forest Industry, 1890-1930”, Smart Globalization: The Canadian

                  Business and Economic History Experience (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 


“An Accomplished History, An Uncertain Future: Canada’s Pulp and Paper Industry Since the

                  Early 1800s” (pp. 101-134), The Evolution of Global Paper Industry, 1800-2050

                  (Germany: Springer Press, 2012).

“An Acute Yet Brief Bout of ‘returned-soldier-it is’: The University of Toronto’s Faculty of

                  Forestry after the First World War” (pp. 51-70), Cultures, Communities and

                  Conflict: Histories of Canadian Universities and War (Toronto: University of 

                  Toronto Press, 2012).

“‘as the Indians were wards of the Dominion Government’: The Anishinabe of

                   McIntyre Bay in the Hepburn-King Constitutional Battles”, Framing Canadian Federalism: Historical 

                    Essays in Honour of J.T. Saywell (University of Toronto Press, 2009).

Articles (in refereed journals)

“Reading the Rings of our Forest History” (Guest Editorial), The Forestry Chronicle (May/June

                    2014), Vol. 90(3), 263-5.

“‘Perfect Cooperation’: Taking the Campaign Against the Spruce Budworm in Ontario to New

                    Heights, 1927-29”, The Forestry Chronicle (May/June 2014), Vol. 90(3), 296-300.

“‘Mr. Burk is most interested in their welfare’”: J.G. Burk’s Campaign to Help the Anishinabek

                    of Northwestern Ontario, 1923-1953”, Journal of Canadian Studies (Winter 2011),

                   Vol. 45(1), 58-89.

“‘under moral obligation to stay’: Herbert R. Christie and the Origins of Forestry Education at

                   the University of British Columbia, 1910-1933”, Historical Studies in Education (Spring

                   2010), Vol. 22(1), 82-102.

“Edward Wellington Backus”, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Vol. XVI (forthcoming)

“James Arthur Little”, DCB Vol. XVI (forthcoming)

“Charles Alfred Riordon”, DCB Vol. XVI (forthcoming)

“The Trials and Tribulations of Canada’s First Dean of Forestry: Bernhard Fernow”, The 

                    Forestry Chronicle, July/August 2007, 452-455.

“‘Eyes Wide Open’: E. W. Backus and the Dangers of Investing in Ontario’s Pulp and Paper

                    Industry, 1902-1932”, Papers of the Canadian Historical Association, 2005, 201-


‘The Pulp and Paper Industry’, Oxford Companion to Canadian History, 2004, 518-520

 “‘Nothing it seems can be done about it’: Charlie Cox, Indian Affairs Timber

                   Policy and the Long Lac Reserve, 1924-40”, Canadian Historical Review 84

                   (1) March 2003, 33-64.

‘By just what procedure am I to be guillotined?’: The Fight for Academic Freedom in the

                    Toronto Forestry Faculty between the Wars, History of Education

                     31 (4) July 2002, 351-70.

“A Failed Attempt to Circumvent the Limits on Academic Freedom: C. D. Howe, the Forestry

                    Board, and ‘Window Dressing’ Forestry in Ontario in the Late 1920s”, History of

                    Intellectual Culture Vol. 2, 2002, 1-23

“Isaac Weldon”, Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol. XV (Toronto/Quebec City: University 

                    of Toronto Press/Universite Laval, 2005).

“‘We are the pioneers in this business’: Spanish River’s Forestry Initiatives After the Great 

                    War”, Ontario History, 93 (2) Fall 2001, 150-178

“‘Nothing but a cash deal’: Crown Timber Corruption in Northern Ontario, 1923-1930”, Thunder

                    Bay Museum Society Papers, 2000, 3-22

“‘We have ‘Sold’ Forestry to the Management of the Company’: Abitibi’s Forestry Initiatives in

                     Ontario, 1919-29”, Journal of Canadian Studies 34(3) Fall 1999, 187-210

“Ontario’s Nascent Environmentalists: Seeing the Foresters for the Trees in Southern Ontario,

                       1919-1929”, The Forestry Chronicle 74(4) July/August 1998, 533-540.

“Ontario’s Nascent Environmentalists: Seeing the Foresters for the Trees in Southern Ontario,

                       1919-1929”, Ontario History, 88 (2) June 1996, 119-143.

Articles (in non-refereed journals)

Forestory (The journal of the Ontario Forest History Society)

Vol 5(1), Spring 2014, “Helping to Preserve Our Forest History”

Vol. 5(1), Spring 2014, Chairman’s Address, “Big Shoes to Fill, But We Are Up to the Task”

Vol. 2 (2), Fall 2011, Archives Corner – “Seeing the Forest and the Documents: Focus on the 

                         Archives of Ontario”, 24.

Vol. 1 (1), Spring 2010, “Frank Archibald MacDougall: Ontario’s Reluctant – Yet Remarkable – 

                        Career Government Forester”, 11.

Book Reviews

S. J. Pyne, Awful Splendour: A Fire History of Canada, in Canadian Historical Review, June 2009.

Stephane Castonguay, Protection des cultures, construction de la nature: Agriculture, foresterie

                         et entomologie au Canada, 1884-1959, in Canadian Historical Review, March 2006

Peter Baskerville, Sites of Power: A Concise History of Ontario for H-List [History Website], January


Hammish Kimmins, Balancing Act: Environmental Issues in Forestry, in Left History June 1995.

Published conference proceedings (papers, reports, summaries, abstracts):


“Disturbing Synergy Between Inspector and Inspected: The Gull Bay Case, 1916-1932”, Papers

                          of 35th Algonquian Conference 2004 (University of Manitoba Press, 2004)