Dr. Louis Visentin is
currently President and Vice-Chancellor at Brandon University in
Manitoba. Dr. Visentin graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Magna
cum Laude) from St. Francis Xavier in 1963 and with a Master of
Science from the University of Detroit in 1966. He completed his
Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1969. In 1971, he was
appointed to the continuing staff at the National Research Council
of Canada (NRCC). Subsequently, he was a Senior Research Scientist
and the Coordinator of NRCC's national biotechnology program. In
1986, he became the Dean of Science at Memorial University and
Vice-President (Academic/Research) at Mount Allison. In 1995, he
moved to become Vice-President Academic at the University of New
Brunswick, before beginning his term as President of Brandon
University in August 2000.
In September 2002, Dr. Visentin was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee
Medal for Service to Canada, and was admitted to the Order of St.
John of Jerusalem in 2003. He was appointed to the National Research
Council Governing Council in March 2003 and to the NRC/Canada
Council for the Arts Artist-in-residence for Research Program in May
2003. Dr. Visentin's interests are broad and varied. In addition to
his academic, administrative, and artistic talents, he has a love
and understanding of the natural environment. He is passionate about
ensuring that science is of the highest possible caliber and that it
is integrated with broader societal goals.