Chad Reimer has a BA Honours in History from the University British Columbia, along with an MA and PhD in History from York University. He is the author of Before We Lost the Lake: A Natural and Human History of Sumas Valley, published by Caitlin Press, which received an honorable mention at the British Columbia Historical Federation’s Historical Writing Competition. He also wrote Chilliwack’s Chinatowns for the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC and Writing British Columbia History with UBC Press. Reimer has been published in BC History, Pacific Northwest Quarterly and a number of other journals. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he spent his first fourteen winters before moving to the gentler climate of Abbotsford, BC, teaching for some years at the University of the Fraser Valley.