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Laurentian Appoints New Associate Vice-President, Francophone Affairs

Natalie Poulin-Lehoux brings 25 years of experience in francophone education

(August 22, 2023) - Another experienced senior leader has joined Laurentian University as Natalie Poulin-Lehoux has been appointed to the role of Associate Vice-President, Francophone Affairs. With over 25 years of experience, Natalie brings a deep understanding and appreciation for the role of francophone postsecondary education in Northern Ontario. 

Having most recently served as Director, Office of the Vice-President Academics at Collège Boréal, Natalie has experience leading a portfolio of responsibilities including experiential learning, policy development, and organizational transformation. 

“As a bilingual university, building capacity through strong leadership in the Bureau des affaires francophone (BAF) is critically important.  The qualities and values that Natalie brings, her experience in post-secondary institutions and in cultivating relationships and partnerships make her an excellent fit for this role. We’re thrilled to have her join our team, build on the recent successes of the BAF in expanding French language programming and services, and create new opportunities going forward” said Interim Provost and Vice-President Academic, Dr. Brenda Brouwer. 

Natalie has held roles as an education consultant, as a teacher at multiple levels (including as a sessional faculty member at Laurentian University), and program and curriculum development. Her experiences provide a depth of understanding for each step in the student journey.

Natalie is a graduate of Laurentian University’s School of Education. She also holds a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.

Laurentian University currently has 34 programs being delivered in French and over 2,300 francophone students. Poulin-Lehoux will begin this new role on October 18, 2023.