TORONTO, July 23, 2013 /CNW/ - The Council of Ontario Universities (COU)
is pleased to announce the appointment of prominent academic leader Dr.
Max Blouw as Chair of the membership organization that represents
Ontario's 21 publicly funded universities.
Blouw, who is also President and Vice-Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier
University, takes over from outgoing COU Chair, Dr. Alastair Summerlee,
who is President of the University of Guelph.
"The university sector has benefitted tremendously from the leadership
of Dr. Summerlee, and is now fortunate to have yet another Chair deeply
committed to higher education and to promoting its value to government
and in public dialogue," says COU President and CEO Bonnie M.
Blouw says his first priority as COU Chair will be to champion the many
ways a university education enriches lives, societies and economies,
both at home and globally.
"Yes, a university education prepares people very well for the
workforce. There is real evidence that in today's knowledge-based
economy employers are seeking the kind of critical and analytical
thinkers universities produce," says Blouw. "But the university
experience provides more than the ability to earn a living. It teaches
people to get involved in their communities, to be good citizens, to
get out and vote, to make a positive difference in the wider world."
Blouw has dedicated his career to postsecondary education, first as a
teacher and then as a senior administrator before becoming Laurier
President in 2007.
He holds bachelor's and master's of science degrees in zoology from the
University of Manitoba, and a PhD in biology from the University of New
Before joining Laurier, Blouw played a prominent role at the University
of Northern British Columbia, both as a professor, associate
vice-president and dean of graduate studies, and vice-president of
research. He began his career as a biologist in the Department of
Fisheries and Oceans in Winnipeg, and went on to teach biology at St.
Francis Xavier University and zoology at the University of British
He has played a leadership role in the Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council (NSERC), the Association of Universities and Colleges
of Canada, as well as the university advisory group to Industry Canada.
A full bio can be found at on the WLU website.
87.5 per cent of Ontario university students are finding employment
within six months of graduation, and earn an average of $42,403 - more
than those with any other level of education.
University researchers are advancing the frontiers of knowledge and
creating new products and services that change lives.
University graduates are thinking critically, solving problems and
building relationships globally that will transform the world.
COU is a membership organization of 21 publicly assisted universities in
Ontario. It works closely with the provincial and federal governments
to shape public policies that help universities deliver high-quality
programs for students and advance the research and innovation that
improves the social, cultural and economic well-being of Ontarians.
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SOURCE: Council of Ontario Universities
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