Martin Cooper has been involved in archaeology in Ontario for over thirty years. He received his Honours BA in Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario and his MA at the University of Toronto, where he is currently completing his PhD. He is a Partner and Senior Archaeologist with the firm. Martin has served as Project Director on hundreds of single and multi-phased assessments: directed many of ASI’s archaeological assessments in northern Ontario, directed extensive archaeological survey and excavation of seventeenth century Neutral Iroquoian sites in the Niagara Peninsula, and directed the LaVase Portage Archaeological Project, a component of Heritage North for the City of North Bay.
Martin has also directed several studies related to the development of models of traditional native use and pre-contact archaeological site potential including the Management Plan of Heritage Resources for the Temagami Planning District and for the Kawartha Highlands Signature Site for the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Martin also served as Field Director of Archaeological Management Plans for the Town of Richmond Hill and the Town of East Gwillimbury, Regional Municipality of York and he also has considerable experience and expertise with Historic Euro-Canadian Sites. He was Project Archaeologist for the oral history and archaeological survey components of the Management Plan of Heritage Resources for Howland Township, Sheguiandah First Nation and the Ojibways of Sucker Creek on Manitoulin Island.
Martin is a former Director of the Association of Professional Heritage Consultants and for the past ten years he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Pele Mountain Resources Inc., a mineral exploration company. He is currently the Director of Lands and Traditional Use for Pele.
Mr. Cooper is an accomplished wilderness guide and student of traditional travel, having journeyed by canoe and snowshoe throughout much of northern Ontario.
When Martin is not up north on business he can be found commuting to the office by bicycle, birding, playing goal for Abbott of England in the Toronto Hockey Shticks Senior Hockey League, or convening and coaching in the City of Vaughan Hockey Association.