The Canadian Historical Arms Museum Inc. (CHAM) is a non-profit organization that was incorporated in 2010 in the Province of Ontario. We strive to preserve, protect, and restore small arms and their associated accessories and technical literature for current and future generations.
At this time, CHAM is a display museum. We are in the process of fundraising to create a physical Museum utilizing a museum grade collection that will help visitors to understand the historic evolution, role and impact of small arms around the world. Currently the only time the public can view Museum artifacts is at events.
· Openness to new ideas and knowledge exchange
· Inclusiveness, to engage the public in meaningful dialogue including displays
· Prudent management and use of institutional assets
· Commitment to social and environmental responsibility
The Canadian Historical Arms Museum’s mandate is to be a dynamic centre for the research, education, and preservation of small arms used in Canada and around the World. The goal is to grow and enhance current and future generation’s knowledge utilizing a museum grade collection that will help visitors to understand the historic evolution, role and impact of small arms around the world.
To preserve, protect, and restore small arms and their associated accessories and technical literature for current and future generations
To openly share knowledge of Canada’s small arms development and history to researchers, historians, authors and the general public
To inspire personal discovery, appreciation, and understanding of small arms
Three core competencies underlie the Canadian Historical Arms Museum’s mission.
1. To preserve and develop the Museum collection and document expertise gained for future generations
2. To research and expand knowledge of small arms and their historical and evolving role in Canadian history
3. With the expertise of skilled and passionate volunteers, we will apply meaning and context to small arms’ history while engaging our community and world
Respect for individual and community diversity
Responsible stewardship and public trust
Integrity of all research and communications
Openness to new ideas and knowledge exchange
Inclusiveness, to engage the public in meaningful dialogue including displays
Prudent management and use of institutional assets
Commitment to social and environmental responsibility
Phil O’Dell is the President of O’Dell Engineering and one of the founders of Allen-Vanguard Corporation. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario since 1987 and holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. from the University of Waterloo, both in Mechanical Engineering.
Phil’s interests include Historical firearms, firearms mechanisms and optics, firearms restoration and building for precision competition, vintage car restoration.
Phil is the Founder of the Museum, a collector for over 30 years, donor of a wide variety of artifacts to the Collection. He is experienced in ITAR as well as Export-Import, Industrial Security, and Firearms Business issues.
Danielle Havelka is a highly creative and results-driven non-profit management professional with entrepreneurial passion, drive and vision. She has over 10 years’ experience and expertise generating revenue and increasing support bases for expanding national and local non-profit organizations.
Collectively, Danielle has helped to raise over $30 million. Danielle holds a B.A. in Psychology and has been involved in campaign management, frontline fundraising, event coordination, marketing & communications, program delivery, donor relations, staff management, major gifts, capital campaigns, and strategic planning.
Danielle joined the CHAM board in 2016 and has since resigned to take a staff role as the Director of Development.
In Danielle’s spare time, she can be found hanging out with her family, traveling, and volunteering with various animal rescues.
Robert is a retired business manager of Xerox Canada who demonstrated successes in distribution management, inventory controls, and customer service. He brings to CHAM 40 years of experience in developing strong customer relations, project management, Lean-Six Sigma problem solving and Marketing programs.
Robert served nine years in the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada based out of Toronto.
Dave is a seasoned Financial, Operations, Global Sales executive, leader and strategist. He is a believer in the power of unleashing human potential and empowering those who work with him. As the CFO/ President of Global business at Eagle’s Flight, he has helped to operationalize a successful Global experiential training company, working with over 52% of fortune 500 companies in 45 countries globally through direct offices and licensed partners. He has worn many hats in his career—accountant, controller, IT manager, operations manager, sales professional and global growth strategist. As a result, he has the ability to manage many different areas of business, and navigate complex challenges.
Dave has been involved in many charities, from private schools to summer camps for children. He is currently the president of I-projects, a charity that has a home for abused girls in Peru, builds homes for underprivileged families, and is currently building a school in Lima. The charity also has works in Cuba, Guatemala and Namibia.
Gary Crocker is a retired Chief Warrant Officer in the weapons trade with 34 years of service with the Canadian Armed Forces and product support engineering manager for Colt Canada Firearms plant for the last 8 years prior to retiring.
During the last 11 years of Gary’s tenure in the forces, he was the Life Cycle Material Manager (Technical Authority) for all Firearms/ small arms used by the service, managing an annual budget of $28 million. Gary has been a member at the NATO level for both Team of experts and research technical organizations on behalf of Canada with regard to military firearms and grenade launchers.
In 2000, Gary was awarded by the Governor General of Canada the Order of Military Merit (MMM) Medal.
At Colt Canada Gary oversaw Engineering, Research and Development, Document Control, configuration management and was responsible for responding to customer technical inquires and concerns.
Gary’s hobbies are collecting firearms and cartridge. He is a published author, Patent Co-inventor, firearms expert and amateur historian.
At present in his spare time he works on his collections and at trying to slow his wife from spoiling their five grandchildren.
Boris Vulanovic is currently an executive with Ontario Power Generation. As the Director of Operations and Maintenance for the Darlington Nuclear Station Refurbishment Project he brings both utility operation and project experience working on the largest Canadian infrastructure project in execution.
He brings previous experience in the small arms industry in both production and design. His designs have earned industry innovation of the year and product of the year awards. He has experience in pioneering innovative manufacturing processes and been invited to participate in industry research and development programs.
Boris earned his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Gary is the Curator of the Museum. Gary is a Firearms enthusiast, cartridge collector, military and sporting target shooter, student of history with a large personal reference library, and a gunsmith.
Gary has extensive experience in firearms identification gained through employment within the Canadian Firearms Registry of the RCMP.
He has a life long interest in the study of Military History and Tactics and is a serious firearms collector with a personal collection ranging from antique to modern. This military collection also includes uniforms, accouterments, hardware and reference literature. Gary holds “Bona Fide” and “Genuine Collector” status.
Gary has over 35 years of firearms-related experience in the field of maintaining and servicing all types of domestic and foreign military firearms in support of the Canadian Armed Forces as a member of the Service Rifle Shooting Association.
Gary has achieved “Foreign Military Weapons Instructor” status in support of the Combat Arms School, CFB Gagetown, which was in the form of small arms lectures, static and live-fire displays, and ballistic demonstrations.
With all his knowledge and experience, Gary is an invaluable asset and resource to the Canadian Historical Arms Museum.