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Aug. 17, 2015
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – Robert Gordon has been appointed as vice-president: research at Wilfrid Laurier University, effective November 1, 2015.

Gordon has served as the dean of the Ontario Agricultural College and a professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph since 2008. Prior to his role at the University of Guelph, Gordon spent a decade at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now Dalhousie University), where he held a Canada Research Chair in Agricultural Resource Management and served as dean of research, department head, and as associate professor in the Department of Engineering.

As the vice-president: research at Laurier, Gordon will lead the Office of Research Services, providing vision, strategy and support for Laurier’s overall research endeavours.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Gordon to Wilfrid Laurier University,” said Max Blouw, president and vice-chancellor. “Dr. Gordon is a leading authority on environmental issues in Canada, and he has clearly demonstrated the research and academic leadership skills that will be important to support strategic growth of research activity at Laurier."

Gordon holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Engineering from McGill University, and a PhD in Land Resource Science from the University of Guelph.

The author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and supervisor of more than 50 graduate students, Gordon’s experience also includes leading the environmental management section of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and administering the Nova Scotia Environmental Farm Plan Program.

Among his numerous past and present appointments and leadership roles, he is a current board member of the Rural Ontario Institute and a board member of the Agricultural Institute of Canada and past chair of the Canada Committee on Natural Resources for the Canadian Agriculture Research Council.

He has been recognized with a number of awards, including the Premier’s Award of Excellence in Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College faculty research excellence award.

"It is truly an honour to be the vice president: research and a faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University, and I look forward to working throughout the institution to help strategically grow our research capacity and the impact of our efforts,” said Gordon. “Laurier’s commitment to research growth and excellence – and in particular building enhanced connections between our research and teaching programs – weighed heavily in my decision to take on this important leadership role.”

On November 1, Gordon will succeed Deborah MacLatchy, Laurier’s vice-president: academic and provost, who has been serving as acting vice president: research since November 2014. Donna Kotsopoulos served as acting associate vice-president: research from November 2014 to July 2015.

“I am grateful to both Deb and Donna for the commitment, leadership and strategic direction they provided during their acting research roles during a time of significant change at Laurier,” said Blouw. “They are to be commended for their leadership contributions, and for taking on these roles in addition to existing duties.”

In addition to his five-year appointment as vice-president: research, Gordon will hold a faculty position in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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