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A new chancellor for a new era!

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SUDBURY – The Université de Sudbury is proud to announce that Donald Obonsawin has been appointed to the position of Chancellor of the Université de Sudbury. Well known for his dedication to Ontario’s Francophone community, Mr. Obonsawin will serve as Chancellor for a three-year term.

Donald Obonsawin has over 45 years of experience in not-for-profit, public and private organizations and has served as a senior advisor and a seasoned administrator for many organizations andinstitutions. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization Advisory Council and a board member of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Years earlier, he was among the founding members of the committee that organized the first-ever raising of the Franco-Ontarian flag at Université de Sudbury on September 25, 1975. 

Mr. Obonsawin succeeds retired judge Gérald Michel, who held the position of Chancellor since 2012 and has received the first-ever title of Chancellor Emeritus from the university’s Board of Governors in recognition of his service. 


“With great pride, the entire team at Université de Sudbury welcomes Mr. Donald Obonsawin to a key position in an institution dedicated to serving the entire Francophone community, by, for and with the community.” 

Pierre Riopel, President, Board of Governors

“We are very grateful to Judge Gérald Michel, who has held this position since 2012. Our Board of Governors is proud to award him the first-ever title of Chancellor Emeritus in recognition of his devoted service throughout the years.” 

Serge Miville, Université de Sudbury’s President and Vice-Chancellor

“The Université de Sudbury project meets a deeply held desire in the Francophone community. It is an honour for me to join the team in order to realize a dream that was mine as well, back in the days when I was a student.”

Donald Obonsawin, Chancellor


About the Université de Sudbury: The Université de Sudbury was the first institution in Northern Ontario to offer university-level instruction. In 1975, the very first raising of the Franco-Ontarian flag in the province was held at the Université de Sudbury.

The Université de Sudbury acknowledges that it is on the Robinson-Huron Treaty Territory and the land on which it is established is the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and the Wahnapitae First Nation.

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