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.