(12 April 1828
– 8 February 1886
), is a noteworthy Canadian mainly because of his long and important association with the University of Ottawa
. He was a member of the Oblate
Fathers of Mary Immaculate. The Oblates founded the College of Bytown in 1848. Under Tabaret's leadership from 1853-1861, Bytown College became an official university.
He was rector (president) of Collège d'Ottawa / College of Ottawa from 1861-1864, 1867-1874 and 1877-1886.
Rev. Joseph-Henri Tabaret, OMI, served the College for a total of 30 years during the 19th century, and is generally regarded as the builder of the University. Father Tabaret was an ardent defender of bilingualism, often heard to say: "...in this part of Canada, the use of both languages is not a matter of discussion; it is a matter of necessity."