About the tour guide

Your tour guide is Brian McDougall, a former public servant, university teacher, and long-time socialist activist in Ottawa.

As a teacher, policy-wonk, trade unionist and social movement activist, Brian has lots of experience working on, teaching about or building campaigns around various social issues, from Indigenous education, through access to abortion and opposition to racism, to workers’ rights and international solidarity.

His passion and enthusiasm for telling unique stories about peoples’ history in Ottawa make his tours inspiring, sometimes provocative and never boring.

When not leading tours, Brian can be found teaching about the history of protest at Carleton University, researching political and historical issues around town, or building one of the various organizations and movements he belongs to. Currently, those include the  Ottawa New Socialists, Solidarity Ottawa, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 4600 at Carleton University, and the Worker’s History Museum. Brian is also involved in Stop Windmill, a group working in solidarity with the Algonquin First nations to oppose the 'Zibi' condo project on the Chaudiere Islands.

Brian encourages you to contact each of those organizations for more information about their work.