Dominic Giroux

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Dominic Giroux
Vice Chancellor of Laurentian University
In office
April 1 2009 – June 2017
Preceded byJudith Woodsworth
Succeeded byDr. Pierre Zundel (Interim)
10th President of Laurentian University
In office
April 1 2009 – June 2017
Preceded byRobert Bourgeois
Succeeded byDr. Pierre Zundel (Interim)
Personal details
Alma materUniversity of Ottawa
Université de Montréal

Dominic Giroux was Laurentian University's tenth President and Vice-Chancellor from April 1, 2009 to June 2017. In 2011, he received one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40" Awards[1] and was named the 2010 Education Personality of the Year by Radio-Canada/Le Droit.

Under his leadership, Laurentian secured funding for the construction of the Vale Living With Lakes Centre, approval and funding for the launch of the Northern Ontario School of Architecture, the first school of architecture in Canada in over 40 years to be located in downtown Sudbury, a $10 million naming gift from Stan Bharti for the school of engineering, as well as a $14 million matching pledge from the City of Barrie for Laurentian's proposed downtown Barrie campus. The university appointed in 2010 its first-ever Chancellor, Aline Chrétien, established in 2011 a new School of Mines, opened in 2012 a new 236-bed student residence[2] on its Sudbury campus, and launched a new 2012-2017 Strategic Plan.

Giroux started in education as a school board trustee at 19 and board chair at 21 in Ottawa. Prior to his appointment at Laurentian in 2009, Mr. Giroux was assistant deputy minister with the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, after having served as CFO of two French language school boards in southern and eastern Ontario.

Giroux was appointed in June 2011 as one of four members of the Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services, chaired by Don Drummond, which was tasked to recommend to the government how to deliver the most efficient public services possible (Drummond Report).[3] He also served as co-special advisor on the implementation of a Northern Policy Institute[4] and was appointed to the Northern Ontario Ring of Fire Advisory Council.[5]

Giroux serves as chair of the board of directors of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, national co-chair of the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS), co-chair of the Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT), and board member of the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI), the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) and the Banque d'aliments Sudbury Food Bank. He is a former vice chair of the Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne (AUFC) and the Ottawa chapter of the Francophone Assembly of Ontario, and former board member of the Canadian Education Association (CEA), the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO), and Montfort Hospital in Ottawa.

A member of the Ontario College of Teachers, Giroux holds bachelor's degrees in social sciences and education from the University of Ottawa, as well as an MBA from HEC Montréal. The University of Ottawa gave him the "Leadership in Education Award" in 2007, while HEC gave him a "Talented Young Manager" Award in the large business category in 2008.


  1. ^ Michael Ryval (2011-04-28). "Dominic Giroux, 35: helped university expand - The Globe and Mail". Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  2. ^ "$20M LU residence addresses high demand for space - Sudbury Local News". 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  3. ^ "Commission on the Reform of Ontario's Public Services: Members". 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  4. ^ "Growth Plan for Northern Ontario" (PDF). March 2011. Retrieved 2013-10-22.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Ring Of Fire Advisory Council". Retrieved 2012-08-11.