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Laurier Chancellor Eileen Mercier appointed to second term

Laurier's Board of Governors has appointed Chancellor Eileen Mercier (BA '68) to a second four-year term. Mercier’s reappointment was unanimously approved by the Board of Governors with full support of the university Senate. Her second term as chancellor began Oct. 28. Mercier has served as Laurier’s chancellor since 2016.

“It is my honour and privilege to serve as Laurier’s chancellor for the next four years,” said Mercier. “The Laurier community is special, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue being a part of it in this way.”

As chancellor, Mercier serves as a member of Laurier’s Board of Governors and Senate, as well as the Senate honorary degree committee and Board of Governors development committee. She also presides over convocation ceremonies and officially bestows all degrees and diplomas.

“I am delighted that Eileen has accepted the offer to continue in this role,” said Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy. “The university has benefited greatly from her leadership and generous volunteer engagement as our chancellor.

Eileen Mercier

Chancellor Eileen Mercier

"Our community is grateful to have one of its distinguished alumni continue to serve in this capacity."

– President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy

“Our community is grateful to have one of its distinguished alumni continue to serve in this capacity.”

With nearly 50 years of business leadership experience, Mercier is among the first women in Canada to build a career in corporate governance. She is the chair of the board of directors of Payments Canada, the organization responsible for the clearing and settlement of financial transactions in Canada. Previously, she served as chair of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan board, president of Finvoy Management Inc. and senior vice-president and chief financial officer of Abitibi-Price Inc. During Laurier’s centennial in 2011, Mercier was named one of the university’s 100 Alumni of Achievement.

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