Françoise Noël received her BA from the University of Alberta in 1972 and her MA and PhD from McGill University in 1976 and 1985. She is professor of history at Nipissing University since 2004 and has been teaching there since 1988. She was chair of the History Department from 2001 to 2005 and again from 2006 to 2008. Her past research interests have evolved from settlement in the Eastern Townships and seigneurial adminstration in the Upper Richelieu Valley to family life in nineteenth century Quebec and Ontario and family and community history in Northeastern Ontario. Her most recent research project was on tourism in the Lake Nipissing area.