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Nov. 25, 2014

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For Immediate Release
Nov. 25, 2014

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics welcomes Laurier alumnus and president of Fidelity Investments Canada, Rob Strickland, as this year’s CEO-in-Residence address. The event takes place Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m. in the Paul Martin Centre on Laurier’s Waterloo campus.

Strickland’s talk will be a fireside chat with Micheál Kelly, dean of Laurier’s School of Business and Economics, where Kelly will ask Strickland questions about his career path and lessons learned.

Strickland graduated from Laurier with an honours degree in business in 1983. He became president of Fidelity Investments Canada Limited in 2005 after joining the firm in 2003 as executive vice president and head advisor of sales. His career in the financial services industry spans 20 years, including senior roles at TD Bank Financial Group and Nesbitt Burns Securities Limited. He also holds an MBA from McMaster University.

The Laurier CEO-In-Residence is an appointed honour by the dean of the School of Business and Economics, and has been developed to deliver a perspective to students beyond their studies and research in the classroom. 

Previous CEOs-in-Residence have included:

  • Lindsay Duffield (BBA ’79), president, Jaguar Land Rover Canada
  • Lynn Oldfield (BBA ’84), president and CEO of AIG Insurance Company of Canada
  • Stacey Mowbray (BBA ’84), president and CEO, The Second Cup, Ltd.
  • Tim Penner (BBA ’78), former president, Procter and Gamble Canada
  • Michael Ward (BBA ’86), president IKEA USA

For further information and to register for this event, please visit

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Kate Tippin, Director
Marketing & Communications
School of Business and Economics

T: 519.884.0710 x2948


Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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