Appointment of the president designate

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

University of Ottawa president designate Jacques Frémont smiles with his hands clasped in front of him on a pathway bordered by hedges.


Jacques Frémont, president designate, will succeed Allan Rock on July 1, 2016.

The University of Ottawa welcomes its president designate: Jacques Frémont, LLB, LLM, who will become the 30th President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. His appointment takes effect July 1, 2016.

Mr. Frémont, a lawyer and president of the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse, (Quebec’s human rights commission) succeeds Allan Rock, who has served as President and Vice-Chancellor of uOttawa since 2008.

Last year, a 14-member Selection Committee conducted extensive consultations with the uOttawa community and external stakeholders to determine the ideal profile, and then the application process was launched. After reviewing submissions from many highly qualified candidates, the Committee chose Mr. Frémont and submitted his name to the Senate and Board of Governors for consultation. The Board then approved his nomination unanimously.

“As Chair of the Presidential Selection Committee, I am confident that the tradition of excellence exemplified by Allan Rock will continue with this new appointment, and I look forward to working closely with Jacques Frémont to strengthen the University of Ottawa and its teaching and research missions, advance its strategic initiatives, and enhance its reputation on both national and international stages,” said Robert Giroux, Chair of the Board of Governors.

“The University of Ottawa is renowned in Ontario, throughout Canada and around the world for its excellence in teaching and research, and I look forward to joining such a powerhouse of knowledge,” said president-designate Mr. Frémont. “This university has a rich history of merging both Francophone and Anglophone cultures. Preserving and developing French culture in Ontario and furthering bilingualism and biculturalism are at the heart of its mission. I will make every effort to ensure that all students, faculty, employees and alumni are proud of their university.”

“Jacques Frémont brings proven leadership to the University of Ottawa in both administrative and academic fields and enjoys an enviable academic reputation, both in Canada and abroad. I am looking forward to working with him over the next months to ensure a seamless transition and enable uOttawa to pursue its strategic mission,” said the President and Vice-Chancellor Allan Rock.

An emeritus professor of the University of Montreal, Mr. Frémont held many positions at that institution throughout his 30-year career, including Director of the Public Law Research Centre, Dean of the Faculty of Law, and Vice-Rector, International and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, before being appointed Provost and Vice-Rector, Academic Affairs. He is one of Canada’s leading experts on constitutional law.

An internationally renowned expert on human rights, good governance and democracy, Mr. Frémont brings a wealth of experience to uOttawa as a senior leader in academia and the public sector.

In 2011, he left the University of Montreal to direct the International Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations in New York. During his two-year term as director, he coordinated this foundation’s support to higher education around the world.

In 2013, Mr. Frémont was appointed by Quebec’s National Assembly to chair the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse.

The Chair of the Board of Governors, Robert Giroux, thanks the 14-member selection committee made up of members of the Senate, Board of Governors as well as students, staff, faculty, deans and alumni.

“Twelve months ago the process to identify the next President and Vice-Chancellor was launched. We conducted a wide consultation process and I would like to thank the members of the selection committee for their rigour, diligence and dedication over the past year,” said Mr. Giroux.

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