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Dr. Pierre Zundel

Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of Laurentian University

Laurentian University acting President Pierre Zundel.Pierre Zundel is the Interim President and Vice-Chancellor at Laurentian University, a comprehensive university with 9,000 students housed in Sudbury, Ontario.

Prior to his nomination as Interim President, Dr. Zundel served as Laurentian’s Vice-President Academic and Provost from July 2016 and August 2017.

In that role, he was Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and Chair of the Audit Committee of Contact North/Contact Nord. From 2009-2016, Dr. Zundel  was President of the University of Sudbury, a bilingual, tri-cultural institution in the Jesuit tradition federated with Laurentian University. 

He was President of the Consortium of Francophone Universities of Ontario between 2010 and 2014 and Chair of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities of Canada from 2015-16. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Bachelors and Masters) and of the Université Laval (PhD) in forestry  and has taught forestry at both the Université de Moncton (UdeM) and the University of New Brunswick (UNB).

From 2000-2005, he was Managing Editor of the International Journal of Forest Engineering.  From 2000 to 2009, Dr. Zundel taught in the interdisciplinary leadership program at UNB’s Renaissance College.  He has worked as both a professor and in academic leadership – as Department Chair at UdeM (1988-91) and as Dean of Renaissance College, UNB’s award-winning interdisciplinary leadership school from 2004-2009.  

He was named a 3M National Teaching Fellow by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2003 and received the Educational Leadership Award from the Atlantic Association of Universities in 2002. 

Dr. Zundel  is currently a member of the Executive of the Board of the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation and formerly Chair of its Community Economic Development Committee.  He lives in Lively with his wife Karin and their two children. 


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