The University of King’s College is pleased to announce that the Honourable Kevin Lynch, vice-chair of the BMO Financial Group, became the college’s 14th chancellor on 1 July 2013. A formal installation ceremony will take place in the autumn.
Born and raised in Sydney, NS, Dr Lynch holds a BA from Mount Allison University, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Manchester, a doctorate in economics from McMaster University, and seven honorary doctor of laws degrees from Canadian universities. He began his career as an economist with the Bank of Canada and has held many positions in the Government of Canada, including deputy minister of Finance and deputy minister of Industry as well as Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet, and Head of the Public Service of Canada.
Dr Lynch served as executive director of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, and in 2010 he was appointed vice chair of BMO Financial Group. He currently chairs the board of governors at the University of Waterloo and the Ditchley Foundation of Canada and is a member of several other boards.
The University of King’s College was established in 1789 and is Canada’s oldest chartered university. It is known nationally and internationally for its interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and journalism.