Provost and Vice-President: Academic
Wilfrid Laurier University
Robert Gordon a leading authority on environmental issues in Canada, joined Laurier as vice-president: research in November 2015. He was appointed to provost and vice-president: academic on July 1, 2018. In this role, Robert is responsible for implementing the priorities outlined in Laurier’s Strategic Academic Plan, including advancing academic excellence, expanding experiential learning and enhancing diversity. He will serve as senior lead in implementing the academic plan for Laurier’s Milton campus. Robert works closely with the president and vice-chancellor on university-wide strategic planning and executing the university’s Strategic Mandate Agreement with the province. He also holds a faculty appointment in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. Prior to joining Laurier, Robert was dean of the Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph, the largest agriculture and food faculty in Canada. He previously held a prestigious Canada Research Chair in Environmental Resource Management at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now Dalhousie University). Gordon earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in engineering from McGill University and a PhD in land resource science from the University of Guelph. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Nova Scotia Premier’s Award of Excellence.