New Associate Vice-President Finance Named


Lori Kimball has been appointed University of Guelph’s new associate vice-president (financial services).

Her appointment begins July 3.

Kimball will leave her position as deputy minister in the Department of Community and Government Services with the Government of Nunavut to join U of G.

“Lori brings extensive financial leadership experience within private and public sectors across several industries within Ontario and Northern Canada,” said Don O’Leary, vice-president (finance, administration and risk). “She is an experienced senior leader in financial, project, systems and change management. These are all tremendous skills that she will bring to the role.”

Kimball will oversee the University’s core business processes, including treasury and investment operations, controllership, procurement and payment services as well as financial services supporting researchers.

As deputy minister, she developed broadband strategy for Nunavut that improved services and upgraded capacity. She also negotiated the Clean Water Wastewater Fund, which led to more than $68-million worth of new projects.

Earlier, she spent seven years with the Nunavut Housing Corp. in Iqaluit, eventually becoming president and chief executive officer. That corporation oversees the provision of subsidized housing to more than 6,500 families in Nunavut.

Ray Pero has served as U of G’s interim associate vice-present (financial services) since October 2017.

“I would like to recognize Ray, who has done a fantastic job of stepping into this role and maintaining smooth operations,” said O’Leary. “I also want to thank the finance department team for assisting Ray and myself during this transition.”