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André Lapierre

André Lapierre is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Canadian Studies at the University of Ottawa. His distinguished career at that institution spans a period of 45 years, during which he occupied several senior administrative positions such as Chair of the Department of Linguistics and of the Canadian Studies Program as well as Vice-Dean and Secretary of the Faculty of Arts. Dr. Lapierre's current research program is the reconstruction of the original stratum of French place names in the United States, as some 35 states of the Union were first visited by French-speaking explorers, missionaries, traders and settlers. He is a charter member of the International Council of Onomastic Sciences as well as a former President of the American Name Society and of the Canadian Society for the Study of Names. Currently, he is a member of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names and serves as Chair of the Ontario Geographic Names Board. He was elected to the Academy of Arts and Humanities of the Royal Society of Canada in 2008 and was the Honorary Secretary of Canada’s national academy from 2011 to 2015. He is also a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and was recently awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canada.