Dave Hargreaves

Dave Hargreaves has been appointed as the University of Guelph’s new associate vice-president (finance), having served on an interim basis since October 2020.

Hargreaves joined U of G in January 2016 as the director of treasury operations.

In his new role, he will manage the University’s core business processes, notably treasury and investment operations, controllership, procurement and payment services, and financial services to support researchers.

The AVP works closely with the Institutional Research and Planning office in preparing the University’s operating budget. Hargreaves will also work with all colleges and departments to provide financial operational support and ensure consistency across the institution.

“While performing this role on an interim basis, Dave successfully strengthened the working relationships between finance and stakeholders across the University community through his exceptional financial acumen, emotional intelligence and leadership skills,” said Sharmilla Rasheed, vice-president (finance and operations). “I am confident Dave’s strong financial background, collaborative approach and strategic focus will help the University navigate through these challenging times and move us toward our goal of fiscal sustainability.”

Hargreaves said his initial focus will be on managing finances during the pandemic while also “preparing for a new post-COVID-19 University.”

“I believe financial services is crucial to financial stability for any university, but especially for a large and complex organization like U of G,” he said. “I am extremely excited to be stepping into this role during a time of great societal challenge so that I can help ensure that we maximize our potential to improve life for our many stakeholders.”

Before arriving at U of G, Hargreaves was director, divisional expense management, with Manulife Financial Corp., where he conducted financial statement preparation, auditing, planning and budgeting. He holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a chartered professional accountant.