Guy Berthiaume

Guy Berthiaume is the librarian and archivist of Canada. Formerly, he led the Quebec National Library and Archives and spent two decades at the apex of institutions of culture, research and higher education in Quebec and France.

Guy Berthiaume has headed Library and Archives Canada since the summer of 2014.  From 2009 to 2014, he was the CEO of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. The Montrealer earned his doctorate in Greek history at the Université Paris VIII in 1976, after a master degree in history from the Université Laval (1973) and an honours BA in history at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) (1972).

The first 20 years of his professional life were dedicated to research administration. After five years at the Université de Montréal, he joined the Fonds FCAC (which eventually became the Fonds FCAR), an organization created by the Quebec government in 1981 to support university research. In 1984, he moved to UQAM as assistant director of the Research and Creation Service, where he remained until 1987, when he became the assistant to the vice-rector of teaching and research.

In 1989, at the invitation of University President Claude Corbo, he became the vice CEO of the UQAM Foundation, the university's fundraising organization. Over the next seven years, under his direction, the Foundation raised over $31 million.

From 1996 to 1998, he was a professor in the UQAM history department, which gave him the opportunity to develop a class that was taught in southern Italy and Sicily. After a year at the helm of the Partnership Development Bureau (1999), he was selected in 2000 to be the director of the Canadian Students' House at the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris.

In 2002, he was recruited by the Université de Montréal to become assistant vice-rector and chief of staff for Rector Robert Lacroix. In March 2003, he was named vice-rector of development and public affairs, a position he continued to hold during the rectorship of Luc Vinet, starting in June 2005.

August 2008 marked his return to UQAM, where he held the position of vice-rector of research and creation on Rector Claude Corbo's new team. In this role he was responsible for the development of scientific and artistic activities at UQAM, as well as international relations.

Guy Berthiaume is a Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes académiques de la République française. He received the Dan Chase award from the Canadian Association of University Research Administrator in 2000 and the Centre Jacques Cartier medal in 2007.

  • June 16, 2015
    Once again, the Trudeau Foundation community was thoroughly involved at Congress 2015, Canada’s largest gathering for scholarly research in the social sciences and humanities.
  • April 14, 2014
    2010 Trudeau mentor Guy Berthiaume is appointed as Librarian and Archivist of Canada for a term of five years, effective June 23, 2014. Library and Archives Canada is an innovative knowledge institution responsible for acquiring and preserving Canada’s documentary heritage in all its forms and for providing all Canadians with easy, one-stop access to the texts, photographs, and other documents that reflect their cultural, social, and political development.
  • June 28, 2012
    2010 Trudeau mentor Guy Berthiaume, CEO of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), was elected president of the Conseil institutionnel des diplômés de l'UQAM. 

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