October 24-26, 2007
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Speakers: Biography

Speaker: Ian Wilson


Ian Wilson

Librarian and Archivist of Canada
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington St
Ottawa ON
K1A ON3 Canada

In 2004, Mr. Ian E. Wilson was appointed Librarian and Archivist of Canada in Library and Archives Canada. He had been appointed National Archivist of Canada in July 1999 and with the National Librarian Roch Carrier developed and led the process to create a new knowledge institution for Canada in the 21st century. Born in Montreal, Quebec, in April 1943, Ian Wilson attended the Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean and obtained a Masters degree from Queen's University in 1974. In 2001, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters (D. Litt.) from York University in recognition of his contribution to Canadian archives. In 2002, he became member of the Order of Canada. In 2003, he was elected Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France. Mr. Wilson has had a distinguished career in several areas, including archival and information management, university teaching and government service. He began his career at Queen's University Archives (1967); later becoming Saskatchewan's Provincial Archivist (1976-86) and Chairman of the Saskatchewan Heritage Advisory Board. He was appointed Archivist of Ontario in 1986, position he held until 1999. For several years he was also responsible for the Ontario Public Library system.

Ian will present "To hold infinity in the palm of your hand". [Paper]