April 30, 2019 - Dr. Céline Larivière (PhD, RKin) has been named as the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Health. Dr. Larivière has served in this role as interim Dean since July 2017.
“I am truly honoured to have the opportunity to lead the Faculty of Health in the coming years. Having had the benefit of working with so many exceptional faculty members, staff, and of course, students, I believe the Faculty of Health is well positioned to make a significant and positive impact on the wellbeing of communities near and far. Capitalizing on its existing educational programs, research initiatives and looking forward to the development of new and innovative programming, we're well equipped to educate the next generation of leaders in the area of health and wellness” said Dr. Larivière.
Dr. Larivière pursued doctoral studies in Physiology at the University of Ottawa between 1994 and 1999 then completed post-doctoral training for a period of two years at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. She began her career at Laurentian University in 2002 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Human Kinetics. During this time she developed a research program in the area of muscle cell biology. She has held administrative positions at Laurentian University including: Vice-dean Francophone Affairs of the Faculty of Professional Schools (2003-2005), Interim Director of Research (2011) and the Director of the School of Human Kinetics (2012-2017). Lastly, she was a member of the Executive committee for the Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators (CCUPEKA) and served on the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario's University Liaison committee.
“Dr. Larivière is a proven scholar and a visionary leader. She possesses all the qualities of an extraordinary Dean and we are grateful she’s accepted to take on this leadership role at Laurentian University,” said Dr. Serge Demers, Laurentian’s Interim Vice-President, Academic and Provost.
The Dean of the Faculty of Health, contributes significantly to the University’s Strategic Plan, and promotes focused areas of research excellence within the Faculty, while continuing to maintain strong graduate and undergraduate programs. Reporting to the Vice President, Academic and Provost, the Dean fosters strong relationships with faculty members, Chairs and Directors, and will work collaboratively with University wide governance bodies, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, fellow Deans, senior administration, the Board of Governors, industry, external advisory bodies, the media and the community at large.