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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


Dr. Max Blouw, President and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Max BlouwMax Blouw joined Laurier in 2007 as president and vice-chancellor. In this role, he is responsible for the overall academic and administrative operation and strategic direction of the university, and is accountable to Wilfrid Laurier University’s Board of Governors. Blouw served as chair of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) from 2013 to 2015, and currently serves as past chair and as a member of the COU’s Executive Committee, Holding Association Inc. and Nominations Committee. He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in zoology from the University of Manitoba and a PhD in biology from the University of New Brunswick. Prior to joining Laurier, he had a distinguished career at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he served as vice-president of research, and at St. Francis Xavier University.

Senior Administration Team

Laurier’s senior team of academic and administrative leaders oversees the activities and strategic direction of the university at all of its campuses and locations.

Robert Donelson, Vice-President: Development and Alumni Relations

Rob DonelsonAs vice-president: development and alumni relations, Rob Donelson leads the philanthropic vision and alumni-engagement strategy for Laurier. He has more than 25 years of executive experience in fundraising and advancement, most recently as president of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation in Hamilton. He previously served as executive director of St. Mary’s General Hospital Foundation in Kitchener. He also played senior roles in development and alumni affairs at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo. Donelson has extensive experience working with boards, volunteers and community groups.

Deborah Dubenofsky, Vice-President: Finance and Operations

Deborah DubenofskyAs vice-president: finance and operations, Deborah Dubenofsky is responsible for administrative strategies and systems that support and advance the overall goals of the university. Her portfolio includes financial resources, procurement, human resources, physical resources, environment and risk management, community safety and security, and a number of ancillary services. She also serves as a key resource for the Board of Governors, Senate and supporting committees. Prior to joining Laurier, Dubenofsky had a distinguished career in public service and public-policy advocacy, including senior executive roles in municipal and provincial government and the private sector. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Queen's University.

Dr. Robert Gordon, Vice-President: Research and Provost (Acting)

Robert GordonRobert Gordon, a leading authority on environmental issues in Canada, joined Laurier as vice-president: research in November 2015. As vice-president: research, Gordon is responsible for building Laurier’s overall research enterprise and providing strategic leadership on scholarly and research activities across multiple campuses. He also holds a faculty appointment in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. Prior to joining Laurier, Gordon was dean of the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph, the largest agriculture and food faculty in Canada. He previously held a prestigious Canada Research Chair in Environmental Resource Management at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now Dalhousie University). Gordon earned a bachelor’s and a master's degree in engineering from McGill University and a PhD in land resource science from the University of Guelph. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Nova Scotia Premier's Award of Excellence.

Dr. Paul Jessop, Vice-President: Academic (Acting)

Paul JessopPaul E. Jessop has earned a BSc (University of Waterloo), MA and PhD (Harvard University) in Physics, as well as a PEng. In 1978, he joined the Electrical Engineering Division of the National Research Council of Canada (Ottawa), where he worked in the area of laser spectroscopy of solids. From 1981 to 2010 he was at McMaster University in Hamilton in the Department of Engineering Physics. He was chair of that department from 2001 to 2009, and served two terms as associate dean of Graduate Studies prior to that. Prior to his position as acting vice-president: academic at Laurier, he was the university's dean of the Faculty of Science and a professor in the Department of Physics and Computer Science.

Dr. Deborah MacLatchy, President-Designate

Dr. Deborah MacLatchyDeborah MacLatchy will begin a five-year term as president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University on July 1, 2017. A distinguished biologist with extensive experience in research, teaching and administration, MacLatchy served as dean of Laurier’s Faculty of Science from 2007 to 2009 and as provost and vice-president: academic from 2009 until March 1, 2017, when she stepped back from her day-to-day duties to prepare for her upcoming term as president and vice-chancellor. Prior to joining Laurier, MacLatchy worked for 13 years at the University of New Brunswick, where she was dean of Science, Applied Science and Engineering, and director of the university’s International Office. MacLatchy holds an honours BSc from Acadia University and a PhD in zoology from the University of Manitoba. She is a founding fellow and past chair of the science directors of the Canadian Rivers Institute, and is a past-president and council member of the Canadian Society of Zoologists. She has been recognized for her many achievements with a number of significant awards, including an honorary doctorate from Acadia University in 2016 and the 2015 Recognition Award from the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada. As well, she was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women for 2012 in a Top 100 list compiled by the Women’s Executive Network.

David McMurray, Vice-President: Student Affairs

David McMurrayWith a focus on the quality of student life and an exceptional Laurier student experience, the vice-president: student affairs is accountable for the development and delivery of all student-life policies, programs, services and facilities on Laurier’s campuses. David McMurray plays a lead role in Laurier’s strategy to integrate its academic/curricular agenda with the co-curricular elements of student learning, development and engagement. Direct responsibilities include: accessible learning, athletics and recreation, community service learning, chaplains and multi-faith team, conference services, co-operative education and career development, counselling services, food services, health services, judicial affairs council, Laurier One Card program, learning services, Rainbow Centre, residential services, student diversity support, Student Leadership Centre and the Women’s Centre. McMurray has been an active member of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services for more than 30 years.

Brian Rosborough, Senior Executive Officer of the Brantford campus

Brian RosboroughThe senior executive officer of the Brantford campus creates opportunities and strategies that advance Laurier’s academic mission, builds relationships with campus partners and stakeholders, and supports academic and administrative leaders. Before becoming senior executive officer, Brian Rosborough served as Laurier’s director of government relations. In this role he was responsible for informing public policy at the provincial and federal levels of government, and for advising Laurier on legislative matters that affected the university. Rosborough has worked in public policy and government relations in Ontario since 1991 as a policy advisor and senior manager in a number of Ontario government ministries and as a consultant in private practice.


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