Michel S Beaulieu

Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu

Associate Vice-Provost Academic (Special Projects) and External Relations Associate

avp.academic@lakeheadu.ca (AVPA) | michel.beaulieu@lakeheadu.ca (External Relations and Department of History)
Phone Number: 
+1 807-346-7928
+1 807-343-8341
Office Location: 
Ryan Building 3021 (History)
Office Hours: 
By appointment (please email)
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As the Associate Vice-Provost Academic (Special Projects), Michel S. Beaulieu provides support to the Provost with responsibilities for building existing and developing new academic initiatives including pathways and partnerships and providing support for the administration of academic affairs within the Office of the Provost. In his role as an External Relations Associate, he is part of the External Relations Senior Leadership Team and is primarily focussed on putting the Alumni Plan, "Lakehead for Life," into action 

Michel is a Professor of History and the past-Chair of the Department of History. He has also served as the Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Programs in Northern Studies, as Acting-Graduate Coordinator for the Department of History, and as the Director/Co-Director of two Senate approved Research Centres. For over five years, Michel was the site coordinator for the north2north exchange program at Lakehead University. 

In addition to his other current appointments outside of Lakehead, Michel has previously been an instructor with the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent University, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, a Teaching Fellow at Queen's Universityand a Visiting Professor/Instructor at universities in Canada, Finland, and Russia. A practicing heritage specialist, he has worked as a Senior Heritage Specialist for WSP and holds a Professional Membership with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP). For more information on past positions, click here.

Research Interests: 

An award-winning historian, Michel’s publications include over a dozen books and over three-dozen book chapters and articles exploring the social, economic, and political history of Northern Ontario. Recent projects have included politics and development between 1935 and 2000, sustainable community development in Northern Ontario, Finland, and Uruguay, and early Canadian labour, film, and media history. In 2019, he was awarded Lakehead University’s Distinguished Researcher Award. For more on Michel's publications and research, click here.

Other Interests

Michel is the past-president of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University and a member of Lakehead University’s Board of GovernorsOutside of Lakehead, he has served in leadership roles and held positions on the Board of Directors of a number of regional, provincial, national, and international organizations. Currently, these include President, The Champlain Society; President, the Ontario Historical Society; Vice-President, Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society; Board of Directors of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario; President, Canadian International Council - Thunder Bay Branch; and an Executive Member of the Archives Association of Ontario - Northwestern Ontario Archivist's Association.

In 2018, The Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, appointed Michel as the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment. Honorary Colonels are vital to fostering esprit de corps within their communities. Through their established relationships and reputations, they build and develop community support by enhancing the public profile of the Army. In early 2019, Michel also became a member of the Manitoba and North West Ontario Regional Council for the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC). The CFLC  is a national organization comprised of senior executives within the private and public sectors who volunteer their time to encourage employer support for the Canadian Forces Reserve Force.