Guy Berthiaume was Librarian and Archivist of Canada from 2014 to 2019. Prior to joining Library and Archives Canada, he was President and CEO of the Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec from 2009 to 2014, following a career of 30 years in university settings. Mr. Berthiaume holds a PhD in History from Université de Paris VIII.
As well as having been a professor of Ancient History at Université du Québec à Montréal, he held several leadership positions in university research and development. He was notably Vice-Rector for Development and Public Affairs at Université de Montréal, and Vice-Rector for Research and Creation at Université du Québec à Montréal.
He is currently a Scientific Advisor to the Fonds de recherche Société et culture du Québec and a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Professional Development for the National Library Board of Singapore. He also sits on the board of directors of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).
Guy Berthiaume is a Knight of the Ordre des Palmes académiques de la République française (named to the order in 2006). He was a Trudeau Foundation Mentor in 2010-2011; in December of 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
In April of 2017, he was named an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la République française. In May of the same year, he received the 2017 Canadian Association of Research Libraries Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship and, in January of 2018, the Ontario Library Association designated him the recipient of its President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement.
Mr. Berthiaume has received honorary degrees from Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Étienne, France (November 2012) and the University of Ottawa (June 2018), and will receive one from Dalhousie University in May of 2020.
He was named member of the Order of Canada on December 30, 2020.