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St. Paul’s names champion of Indigenous entrepreneurship as its new Chancellor

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Head shot of JP GladuSt. Paul’s University College is pleased to announce the appointment of JP Gladu as its next Chancellor. Mr. Gladu is the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), one of Canada’s premier organizations for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

“We are delighted to welcome such a distinguished leader to the St. Paul’s community,” says Brenda Simpson, Chair of the St. Paul’s Board of Governors. “Given our strategic focus on both Indigenous education and social entrepreneurship, he is a perfect fit with the mission of our College.”

Mr. Gladu is Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay, and has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Indigenous communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry, and governments from across Canada. He currently serves on the boards of Ontario Power Generation and Noront Resources and is a member of the Canadian Electricity Association Public Advisory Panel. He holds an undergraduate degree in Forestry and an MBA from Queen's University.

“JP Gladu's dedication to the causes he believes in is boundless," says former prime minister of Canada Paul Martin. "I have worked with him for years and his understanding of the major issues facing Canada is exhaustive. What a wonderful appointment for St. Paul's."

St. Paul’s Principal Dr. Richard Myers believes that Mr. Gladu’s appointment will significantly strengthen the College’s capacity to improve educational opportunities for Indigenous students at the University of Waterloo and beyond. 

“The University of Waterloo is extraordinarily focused on entrepreneurship. Adding the lead voice for Canadian Indigenous entrepreneurs to our team is a terrific step in this post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission period.”

Mr. Gladu’s appointment is effective immediately and continues through 2020. The outgoing Chancellor of the College is Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, former President of the University of Winnipeg and former member of the Federal Cabinet.


CONTACTS

Eugenia Xenos Anderson

Marketing and Communications Manager

St. Paul's University College

exanders@uwaterloo.ca

519-885-1460 x25232

Stella Nesca

Marketing and Communications Associate

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

snesca@ccab.com

416-961-8663 x241