John A. Pollock

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John A. Pollock is a businessman and philanthropist, and he is also the chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University. He has held this position since March 31, 2008.[1][2]

On March 24, 2008, Wilfrid Laurier University announced that Pollock was chosen to be the next chancellor of the university. The university's board of governors, along with the unanimous support of the university Senate, approved the appointment together. His official installment as Wilfrid Laurier University's chancellor was made at the university's spring convocation, on July 4, 2008. He succeeded the outgoing Bob Rae, who served as Laurier's chancellor since September 1, 2003.[1][2]

Dr. Max Blouw, president and vice-chancellor of Laurier, said, “Bob Rae has been a wonderful friend and ambassador for Laurier, and we thank him for his leadership and dedication to the university.” He went on to say, “We are fortunate to have another accomplished and respected leader accept the post of chancellor. With his extensive involvement in business and the community, John Pollock is an ideal choice to serve in this important role as the university prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2011.” Bob Rae also commented on the university's decision to instate Pollock, stating, “Laurier is in a very exciting period right now as it looks forward to its centenary and beyond [...] John Pollock is an excellent choice for chancellor, and I wish him and the university well as they prepare to celebrate Laurier’s past and to plan its future."[1]

After this appointment, Pollock became the seventh chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University since the university became a public institution and was renamed in 1973.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d "John A. Pollock appointed chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University". Wilfrid Laurier University. 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "Chancellors". Wilfrid Laurier University. Retrieved 2008-10-13.