Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu
Associate Vice-Provost Academic (Special Projects) Professor
Michel S. Beaulieu, PhD, CAHP 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 at Lakehead University.
A long-time member of the university's Senate, Michel has served on a number of its standing and ad-hoc committees, including the Senate Academic Committee and as the Chair of the Joint-Senate Committee for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine Committee. Other committees have included the university’s former Registrar’s Advisor Committee, twice as the Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Faculty Council, and Lakehead University Faculty Association’s Executive committee, External Relations committee, and as an Alternative Representative for the CAUT Defence Fund. Michel is also the past-president of the Alumni Association of Lakehead University and a member of Lakehead University’s Board of Governors.
Outside of Lakehead, Michel is currently an Associate at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University, a Docent of Social Science History at the University of Helsinki, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment, Resources & Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. He has previously been an instructor with the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent University and a Visiting Professor/Instructor at universities in Canada, Finland, and Russia. A practicing heritage specialist, he holds a Professional Membership with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP). For more information on past positions, click here.
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.
Michel serves in leadership roles and sits 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.