History of the Conference

The Pierre Savard Conference is an annual event organised by the History Graduate Students’ Association of the University of Ottawa, offering both Master’s and Doctoral students an opportunity to share their research with colleagues and to become familiar with academic communication. This year, the Conference is celebrating its twelfth anniversary.

The Pierre Savard Conference was founded by Robert Englebert in 2005. Following the success of the first conference, Jamie Trepanier invited an external speaker to the second. He further suggested naming the Conference in honor of Pierre Savard, a former professor of the Department of History at the University of Ottawa who taught from 1972 until his untimely death in 1998. In 2007, Shawn Anctil assured an annual return of the event with an impressive number of presenters and two keynote speakers.

Since then, the Pierre Savard Conference has hosted several external speakers and has seen the number of submissions multiply. The remarkable success of this event would not have been possible without the ongoing support of the Department of History. The Pierre Savard Conference remains organized by the graduate students of the department, and although there have been many changes, it continues to reflect the academic and social needs of graduate students in history.