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Noted university administrator and scholar reappointed Ontario Tech University’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Dr. Lori Livingston, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Ontario Tech University.
Dr. Lori Livingston, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Ontario Tech University.

Ontario Tech University announces the reappointment of Dr. Lori Livingston as Provost and Vice-President, Academic for a second term. Her new five-year term will begin on July 1, 2024.

Dr. Livingston joined Ontario Tech as Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences in 2015. She became the university’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic in 2019. Under Dr. Livingston’s leadership, the university developed and launched its inaugural 2021-2023 Integrated Academic-Research Plan (IARP), followed by the recently released 2023-2028 IARP.

Additionally, she has advanced the university’s core values of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility by introducing enhanced leadership and initiatives within the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, and Co-operative Education, Experiential Learning and Career Development portfolios.

Dr. Livingston is a noted university administrator and scholar whose research has spanned a broad range of topics including computer-based learning, the human-computer interface, clinical biomechanics, and most recently her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded research program in the area of sport officiating.

Prior to joining the university, she served as the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Ontario) from 2009 to 2015. Her administrative appointments have also included being the Director of the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) from 2000 to 2007. She was also the Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario) where she began her academic career in 1991.

She received her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Calgary in Alberta. She also earned her Master of Science in Biomechanics and a concurrent Bachelor of Arts in Biology/Bachelor of Physical and Health Education (with distinction) from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario).   

She has held several leadership positions, including terms as the President of the Canadian Association of Health Sciences Deans and the Canadian Council of University Physical Education and Kinesiology Administrators. She also served as a member of numerous boards of directors, including the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the NorWest Community Health Centres (Thunder Bay).

In addition to her academic successes, Dr. Livingston is a former national team coach and leader in women’s field lacrosse, and a former university varsity athlete in ice hockey and field hockey. Involvement in sport and physical activity has always been one of her passions, and she continues to contribute back to sport through her research endeavours.


“Over the last five years, Dr. Lori Livingston’s exemplary leadership helped to navigate a global pandemic while positioning the university for excellence and growth. The time, resources and strategic thinking she has invested into furthering Ontario Tech’s inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility practices have made Ontario Tech a place where everyone can feel like they belong and participate in all aspects of our university community. We look forward to continued excellence under her academic leadership as Ontario Tech enters its next phase of differentiated growth.”
- Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University

“I am deeply proud of the differentiation and growth Ontario Tech University has experienced over the last 20 years as it has transformed into a front-running, forward-thinking university. It’s an exciting time for us as Ontario Tech forges ahead with initiatives that allow us to deliver a variety of flexible, hands-on educational options in an increasingly equitable and inclusive environment for our students, faculty and staff. I look forward to my next term as I lead the university’s academic efforts as part of its mission and vision.”
- Dr. Lori Livingston, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, Ontario Tech University