Michel S. Beaulieu (2016)

Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu

Chair (on sabbatical 1 January to 1 July 2019)

Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8341
Office Location: 
Ryan Building 3021
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Michel S. Beaulieu, PhD, CAHP teaches a wide variety of courses covering his professional experience and major and minor areas of training. Recently, these have included undergraduate and graduate courses on Applied and Public history, Canadian history, Ontario History, Northern Ontario, comparative colonial North America, and transnational labour and political history. At the graduate level, he teaches and supervises students in the MA History program, the MES in Northern Environments and Cultures, and the PhD in Forest Sciences at Lakehead University. Beaulieu also supervises PhD students as part of the University of Helsinki's PhD in Political, Societal, and Regional Change. 

Outside of Lakehead, Beaulieu is currently an Associate at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment, Resources & Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, and an instructor with the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent University. A practicing heritage specialist, he holds a Professional Membership with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP). Past positions have included Visiting Professorships at the University of Helsinki (2011) and McMaster University (2014) and a Visiting Lecturer at the International Summer School in Karelia, Petrozavodsk State University, Russian Federation (2012).  Click here for more information on past positions.

Research Interests: 

Beaulieu's research generally explores the historical political, economic, and social issues relating to northern and remote communities in Canada and the circumpolar north. Current projects include a history of politics and development in Northwestern Ontario between 1935 and 2000 and a comparative study on sustainable community development in Northern Ontario, Finland, and Uruguay funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Past research has focused on early Canadian labour and socialist organizations operating in Northwestern Ontario and film and media history.  See his Publications page for how the resulting research has been mobilized.

Other Interests

Beaulieu serves in leadership roles and sits on the Board of Directors of a number of regional, provincial, national, and international organizations. Currently, these include Lakehead University's Board of Governors; President, The Champlain Society; Vice President, the Ontario Historical Society; Vice-President, Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society; Board of Directors of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario; Past-President, Alumni Association of Lakehead University; President, Canadian International Council - Thunder Bay Branch; and an Executive Member of the Archives Association of Ontario - Northwestern Ontario Archivist's Association.

Since 2015, Beaulieu has been the co-editor of the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society's peer-reviewed journal Papers & RecordsHe also serves on the International Advisory Committee for Faravid: Historian ja arkeologian tutkimuksen aikakauskirja [Journal for Historical Research and Archaeological Studies] published out of Oulu University, Finland.

In 2018, The Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, appointed Beaulieu 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, Beaulieu 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.