An image of John Livernois in a black shirt with his arms crossed against his chest.

The University of Guelph has named Dr. John Livernois as its Executive Lead of the Strategic Transformation initiative.

In his capacity as Executive Lead, John Livernois will oversee the University’s Strategic Transformation and lead the Strategic Transformation Office. Through Strategic Transformation, the U of G will leverage its unique strengths to modernize and drive academic and research excellence, positioning us to address global challenges, and shape a more equitable and resilient future for our institution.

Livernois, currently a tenured professor with U of G’s Department of Economics and Finance, will begin his new role on Jan. 1, 2024.

“I am very happy to welcome John into this new leadership role,” said Dr. Charlotte Yates, President and Vice-Chancellor. “From our conversations, I know that he shares our strong vision for the future of the University, and my excitement for the potential of the Strategic Transformation in modernizing the University. Most importantly, John possesses the skills to help us realize our goals.”

Livernois previously served as the University’s Associate Vice-President, Research from 2012 to 2018 and Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance from 2003 to 2011. Most recently, he served as interim Executive Director, Research Innovation Office from 2019 to 2020.

Throughout his leadership roles, Livernois has advanced significant innovations that resulted in millions in savings for the University. He also worked with all seven colleges to promote and support the University’s research and scholarship strengths, as well as overseeing the Office of Research Services while working closely with funding agencies.

“Strategic transformation is an opportunity for us to change how we work for the better – so that we can continue to improve life in our communities and around the world,” said Livernois. “I am excited to get started.”