MICHEL PRÉVOST,
ARCHIVIST AND HISTORIAN
 
Michel Prévost (born in 1956): archivist and historian

Born on 19 September 1956 in Hull, Quebec, Michel Prévost grew up in Alfred, Treadwell and Curran in Eastern Ontario. He is married to historian Sylvie Jean. He obtained a Master’s degree in history from the University of Ottawa and published his thesis, which dealt with the lost glory of Caledonia Springs, a history of the largest spa in Canada. Michel Prévost chose to become an archivist and started out at the Centre for Research on French Canadian Culture at the University of Ottawa (1981-1985), then at the University Archives, becoming chief archivist in 1990. Since the early 1980s, he has promoted the history and the heritage of the National Capital, the Outaouais and Eastern Ontario. He is a member of numerous Boards of Directors and plays an active role in many heritage organizations, including L’Institut d’histoire et de recherche de l’Outaouais, the Bureau of Canadian Archivists and the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa. He is president of L’Association des archivistes du Québec and vice-president of Le Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien. Since 1997, he has been president of the Outaouais Historical Society. He is also vice-chair of the L’Orignal Old Jail Committee. By means of media chronicles, publications, lectures and guided tours, he draws attention to the importance of our heritage. He has struggled to preserve numerous churches in Ontario and succeeded in having the Rideau Canal declared a World Heritage Site. He has authored some 50 articles and his books include L’Université d’Ottawa depuis 1848 / The University of Ottawa since 1848 (University of Ottawa, 2008). He has received much recognition for his work as historian and archivist: the Prix Dr J.‑Émile Major (2000) from the Société d'histoire et de généalogie d'Ottawa, the Heritage Award (2000) of the City of Ottawa, the Heritage Award (2002) from the Fondation pour les arts, les lettres et la culture en Outaouais, the Merit Award (2004) from L’Association québécoise d’interprétation du patrimoine, the Roger-Bernard Heritage Award (2003), the Certificate of Honour (2004) from Le Conseil des monuments et sites du Québec, the Heritage Certificate of the City of Gatineau, the Certificate of Merit (2004) from the Ontario Museum Association, the President's Award for services rendered to the University of Ottawa through media and community relations (2005) and the Honorius-Provost Award (2007) from La Fédération des sociétés d’histoire du Québec. He was made a member of the Ordre de la Francophonie de Prescott et Russell in 2003, and was named the 2004 person of the year (arts and culture) by Radio-Canada and Le Droit.