PhD Candidate, Wilfrid Laurier UniversityTrevor Ford


Master of Arts (History), Memorial University
Honours Bachelor of Arts (History), Mount Royal University


Canadian History (Major Field)
War and Society, Aboriginal North America (Minor Fields)

Current Research

Supervisor: Dr. Mark Humphries

Specialization: Early 20th-Century Canadian Domestic Security

My doctoral research explores the Military Intelligence Branch of the Department of Militia and Defence whom played a key role in monitoring the activities of Canadians during the First World War. Despite the importance of this military intelligence organization, we know almost nothing about its operations, largely because it has long been thought that its records were destroyed.  It is my hope that my study of the Military Intelligence Branch, using records at the Library and Archives Canada, will make the first systematic examination of the organization and its relationships to other Canadian domestic intelligence services, imperial intelligence services, and to Canadian society as a whole during 1866 and 1922.


Ford, Trevor, “The Fear of the Outsider: Newfoundland’s Experience with Domestic Security during the First World War,” Newfoundland Quarterly 104 (Spring 2014): 55-63.

Conference Presentations:

  • ‘The Branch: Canadian Naval Intelligence on the West Coast during the First World War,’ 25th Military History Colloquium, May 9 – May 19, 2014.
  • ‘Independent Security: How Britain attempted and failed to establish an Imperial Security,’ The Imperial Project and Projections of Empire: (Re)assessing Contentious Legacies Conference, March 6 – March 8, 2014.
  •  ‘“My desire [is] that they leave Newfoundland”: Nativism, ‘Foreigners,’ and Official Decision – Making in Wartime Newfoundland,’ 24th Military History Colloquium, May 3 – May 5, 2013.
  • ‘Complex Responses to Complex Fears: An Historiography on the Canadian Surveillance State,’ Explorations in History Conference, April 8 – April 9, 2013.
  • ‘“The Only Law is the Bayonet and the Machine Gun”: The Canadian Government’s Response to the Perceived Irish Threat in Montreal, 1920-1921,’ Irish Studies: Research Symposium in Talamh an Eisc, March 8, 2013.
  • ‘Defiant Shamrocks: How the Ethnic Irish of Montreal resisted the Canadian government’s attempt to subvert their support for the Irish Republic, 1920-21,’ Resistance is not Futile: Reinterpreting Past Struggles and Present Realities Graduate Conference, February 28 – March 2, 2013.
  • ‘Benevolent Assimilation: How the San Francisco Call reported the American-Philippine War, 1899-1902,’ Undergraduate Honours Student Conference, April 20, 2012.
  • ‘Democracy Questioned: Understanding the Casus belli of the 1973 Chilean Coup D’état,’ Thompson Rivers University Undergrad Conference, January 12-15, 2012.