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Jacques Rene Marie Julien Dalibard was born in Le Mans, France, on April 21, 1935 and died September 15, 2007. He attended St. Jean-de-Bethune, Versailles and Lycée du Mans in France in his youth. Dalibard then attended the University of Lille, Bristol University and McGill University, obtaining a Bachelor of Architecture in 1964. He obtained a Master's of Scientific Architecture in 1971 from Columbia University. He was a professor of Architecture at the University of Montreal from 1995-2005. He was named the Executive Director of the Heritage Canada Foundation in 1978 to 1995, and Senior Exhibit Designer for the Canadian Pavilion at Montreal's World's Fair (Expo '67) from1964 to 1967. He was the Chief Restoration Architect and a Director at Parks Canada from 1968 to 1977. Dalibard was a Special Advisor to the UNESCO cultural heritage mission to Cyprus from 1975 to 1977. He was a Professor of Architecture and Director of Historic Preservation division of the graduate school for Architectural Planning & Preservation at Columbia University from 1977 to 1978. He was a member of the Canadian Committee for UNESCO and was a founding member and President (1969-1990) of the National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), a past president of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) and the founding editor of the APT Bulletin. He was a member of the Ontario Association of Architects, the Association of Canadian Museums, the International Council of Museums (ICOM), and the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS; Member of the executive from 1972 to 1984, treasurer-general from 1981-1984, and President of the consultative committee from 1987-1990), he was a member of the Commission Franco Québécoise pour les lieux de la mémoire communs, and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
Dalibard was a recipient of the ICOMOS Warsaw Medal (1980), the Medaille de la Ville de Quebec (1987), and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (1988). He was a made a Member of the Order of Canada in 1991. In 1992 he was awarded the Canada 123 medal, and in 2002 the ICOMOS-Canada Award of Excellence.