Robert Hall, ’79, Chair of the Board of Governors, is pleased to announce that the Board has endorsed the unanimous recommendation of the Bishop’s Council to appoint Daniel Fournier as Chancellor of Bishop’s University for a five-year term beginning on August 29, 2020.
In accepting this appointment, Mr. Fournier commented: “I am a firm believer in Bishop’s liberal education model which ensures that students develop key skills and competencies that will stand the test of time. I am looking forward to this new challenge, and am pleased to be of service to Bishop’s University and the Bishop’s community.”
Expressing the appreciation of the Board of Governors, Mr. Hall said: “We are honoured to have as our new Chancellor such a highly accomplished and respected member of the Quebec and Canadian business community”.
Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor, welcomed the appointment. “Daniel Fournier has already had multiple involvements with Bishop’s as a parent of three graduates, as a member of the initial Bishop’s Council and as a co-chair of the most successful capital campaign in Bishop’s history. We are looking forward to continue working with him over the coming years.”
Daniel Fournier grew up in Montreal. He studied History at Princeton University and Jurisprudence at Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar. He took a term off to play for the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Rough Riders.
He has 40 years of business experience primarily in the real estate industry. From 2010 to 2019, he was Chair and Chief Executive Officer at Ivanhoé Cambridge, a real estate subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Prior to joining Ivanhoé Cambridge, he was Chair of the Board of Genivar, now WSP Global, and a member of Canadian Tire’s Board of Directors. He was also a director of the Summit Industrial Income REIT and of Standard Life (Canada), now part of Manulife.
In recent years, Mr. Fournier has chaired fundraising campaigns for La Maison du Père, The Lighthouse Children and Families, and the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC). Until February 2020, he was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the McCord Museum Foundation in Montreal.
Mr. Hall expressed his profound thanks to Brian Levitt, O.C., who has served in the role as Chancellor since 2013. “Brian’s wisdom, judgement and practical experience have been invaluable as we navigated through some challenging times for Bishop’s. As Chair of the Board, I have appreciated his consistent ability to discern the essence of an issue and to propose a constructive way to address it. We are pleased that Brian will continue to serve as a member of the Board of Governors”.
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