June 27, 2019 – The Board of Governors of Laurentian University voted on April 26, 2019 to appoint Claude F. Lacroix as incoming Chair for a two-year term, effective at the close of the annual general meeting of the Board on June 21, 2019, when the term of current Chair Jennifer Witty ends. Mr. Lacroix has been a Board member since 2006 and currently serves as Vice-Chair.
“We are fortunate to have a Board member with the experience and the vision that Claude brings to the role,” said Interim Laurentian University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Pierre Zundel. “Jennifer has been a superb Chair, guiding the Board through a remarkable period of growth and change, and we continue to benefit from her contributions as Past-Chair for the next year.”
Mr. Lacroix is an Alumnus, having earned his B.A. from Laurentian University in 1991. He graduated from the faculty of Law at L’Université de Moncton in 1996. Mr. Lacroix is partner at Lacroix Lawyers. He is fluently bilingual and practices in the areas of Civil Litigation, Corporate/Commercial, Construction Law, Wills, Estates and Trusts, and Real Estate.
Mr. Lacroix becomes the third member of his family to serve as Chair of the Board of Governors of Laurentian University, following his mother Maureen Lacroix (2001-04) and his Father André Lacroix (1978-81).
“It is an honour and a privilege to continue to serve the Board and Laurentian University. Laurentian is an incredible community asset and is critical to the growth and development of the North,” said Mr. Lacroix. “The University faces both challenges and opportunities in the years ahead, and in great part because of the work of our outgoing Chair, I know we are well positioned to keep driving success.”
Mr. Lacroix is an active member of several community boards, not-for-profit agencies and professional organizations. He is currently vice-chair of the Science North Board of Trustees. He is past president of both the Laurentian University Alumni Association and the Sudbury District Law Association; past executive member and director of the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation; past president of the Ontario French Speaking Trial Lawyers Association; and a past chair of the Sudbury Airport Community Development Corporation.
Jennifer Witty will serve as Past Chair of the Board for a term of one year.