HALIFAX, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Trustees of the Killam Trusts are pleased to announce the Honourable Kevin G.Lynch, PC, OC, PhD, LLD as a fellow Trustee, effective January 1, 2013.
An astute leader in the Canadian financial, academic and business communities, Dr. Lynch currently serves as Vice Chair of BMO Financial Group. His previous positions include Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet, Head of the Public Service of Canada, Deputy Minister of Industry, Deputy Minister of Finance and Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund.
As one of Canada's most renowned economists, Dr. Lynch is an active community member, serving on the boards of the Gairdner Foundation, the Perimeter Institute, U.K. Ditchley, the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, the Learning Partnership, the Samara Foundation and the Shannon School of Business. In addition, Dr. Lynch is Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo. Dr. Lynch was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011 and has been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from McMaster University and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
"We are honoured to have Dr. Lynch as a Killam Trustee. His professional and civic contributions are reflective of the values the Killams wished to leave as a legacy through their financial gift. It will be a great asset to have Dr. Lynch help guide this mandate of recognizing Canadian research achievement," stated George T. H. Cooper, Managing Trustee of the Killam Trusts.
Dr. Lynch joins Trustees M. Ann McCaig, CM, AOE, LLD (Hon.) of Calgary, John S. Montalbano, CFA of Vancouver and George T.H. Cooper, CM, QC, LLD (Hon.) of Halifax. John H. Matthews, LLD (Hon.) of Toronto will be stepping down after over 30 years of exceptional service as a Killam Trustee, having joined the Killam Trusts in 1981.
The Killam Trusts were established in 1965 under the Will of Dorothy J. Killam to commemorate her late husband, Izaak Walton Killam, a leading Canadian business and financial figure. Today, the Killam Trusts are valued close to $400 million, the income on which is used primarily to fund graduate scholarships, postdoctoral fellowships and other educational awards. The universities benefiting from the Killam Trusts include University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University and Dalhousie University. The Killam Trusts also support the Canada Council's Killam Research Fellowship Programs, as well as the Killam Prizes. The Killam Prizes are valued at $100,000 and are awarded annually in five disciplines including Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Engineering. The Killam Prizes represent the pinnacle of Canadian Research awards and are presented annually by the Governor General at Rideau Hall.
SOURCE: Killam Trusts
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