Dominic Giroux’s current office, perched on the 11th floor of Laurentian University’s R.D. Parker building, is just a short jaunt from his new digs at Health Sciences North.
It will feel like a big move, however, when Giroux leaves his eight-year post as president and vice-chancellor at Northern Ontario’s largest university to become president and CEO of the region’s biggest hospital, as well as the HSN Research Institute.
Laurentian and HSN jointly announced on April 26 that Giroux had been unanimously chosen by a selection committee to replace the retiring Dr. Denis Roy on Oct. 2. Giroux’s last day at Laurentian is Aug. 18. Pierre Zundel, the university’s vice-president academic and provost, will serve as interim president until mid-2019.
“It was a difficult decision to make, because I love Laurentian University, I love its people and everything that Laurentian stands for,” Giroux told The Sudbury Star. “I’m proud of what the university has accomplished since 2009, but I’m also very excited about the new challenge at Health Sciences North and its research institute. I’m very happy to have the opportunity to continue serving Sudbury and northeastern Ontario. This is our community.
“A staff member described Laurentian to me this week as a solid ship heading in the right direction in calm waters. I could not agree more, and it will have a great captain in Dr. Pierre Zundel as interim president.”
Considering Giroux’s previous experience as CFO of two French-language school boards in southern and eastern Ontario, his time in government as assistant deputy minister with the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and his successful tenure at Laurentian, there may have been ample opportunity to continue his career outside the region. But Giroux, who is originally from Ottawa, said he and his wife Barbara wanted to stay in Greater Sudbury.
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