Dr. Max Blouw joined Wilfrid Laurier University as president and vice-chancellor on September 1, 2007 after a distinguished career at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and many years of teaching at St. Francis Xavier University.
He holds a B.Sc. and M. Sc. in zoology from the University of Manitoba (1972 and 1977 respectively) and a PhD in biology from the University of New Brunswick (1982).
Dr. Blouw is well known on the national scene, and enriches his academic career through volunteer roles that link universities and government with the private sector. In July 2013, Blouw began a two-year term as chair of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). In addition, he serves as chair of COU’s Executive Committee, Holding Association Inc. and Nominations Committee. As the COU chair, he is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada’s (AUCC) Board of Directors, and Nominations Committee.
In 2005, Blouw received the Science and Technology Champion Award from the BC Innovation Council in recognition of his leadership. In 2009, UNBC renamed the Quesnel River Research Centre, “The Dr. Max Blouw Quesnel River Research Centre at Likely,” in honour of his efforts to have the former federal fisheries research station transferred to the university.