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Lakehead University is proud to announce distinguished former career diplomat, entrepreneur and political strategist, Dr. Derek Hudson Burney, as its eighth Chancellor.

“Dr. Burney is an accomplished individual with a national and international reputation and deep roots in Thunder Bay,” said Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson. “Lakehead University is honoured that this former ambassador to the United States from 1989 – 1993 will now represent our great university at home and abroad."

As Chancellor, Dr. Burney will use his experience, contacts and wisdom to fulfill various duties, including the promotion of Lakehead University’s diverse local, national and global interests. In addition, Dr. Burney will have the authority to grant degrees at Convocation and represent the University at special occasions.

“I am personally honoured to accept this appointment and look forward to representing Lakehead University as a beacon of academic excellence in my home town,” said Dr. Burney, an Officer of the Order Canada.

“We are very fortunate to have as our new Chancellor someone with so much energy and vast experience in diplomacy, business, politics and academe, said Mr. Cameron Clark, Chair of the Board of Governors at Lakehead University. “Dr. Burney will help us achieve our strategic goals and connect us to the world.”

Dr. Burney is Senior Strategic Advisor to Norton Rose Canada LLP. He is Chairman of GardaWorld’s International Advisory Board, a Director of TransCanada Pipelines Limited, a Governor of the Ottawa Hospital Board of Governors and a member of the Advisory Board of Paradigm Capital Inc.

Dr. Burney was President and Chief Executive Officer of CAE Inc. from October 1999 until August 2004. Prior to joining CAE, Dr. Burney was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Canada International Inc. (1993-1999). Dr. Burney’s assignment as Canada’s Ambassador to the United States culminated a distinguished thirty-year career in the Canadian Foreign Service, during which he completed a variety of assignments at home and abroad, including a period as a Deputy Minister of External Affairs.
From March 1987 to January 1989, Dr. Burney served as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister. He was directly involved in the negotiation of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. He was the Prime Minister's personal representative (Sherpa) in the preparations for the Houston (1990), London (1991) and Munich (1992) G-7 Economic Summits.

Dr. Burney, who was born in Fort William, married his Port Arthur sweetheart Joan Peden and together have raised four boys.
Dr. Burney will take on his official duties after he is installed as Lakehead University’s Chancellor in a special ceremony at Convocation in June 2013.

Dr. Burney succeeds Dr. Arthur Mauro, who served as Lakehead University
Chancellor from 2009 to 2012.

Lakehead University is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary
teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. More
than 8,700 students and 1,850 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and
Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of
Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional
socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards. For more information about
Lakehead University, visit

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