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Laurier appoints Tim Martin as Executive Director: Strategic Initiatives
Wilfrid Laurier University alumnus Tim Martin, the former Head of Treasury at Blackberry in Waterloo, has been appointed to a one-year term position as Executive Director: Strategic Initiatives at Laurier, effective March 25, 2013.
Reporting to the President and Vice-Chancellor, the Executive Director is responsible for driving key initiatives to support the university’s strategic direction. Martin will focus on identifying new opportunities for revenue growth, and assessing and improving current business processes in key operational areas with a view to improved performance and cost reduction. He will work closely with the Director, Government Relations to define and execute strategic initiatives associated with a possible Laurier campus in Milton. He will also be responsible for long-term financial planning and analysis, business process analysis, and select key stakeholder and partner relationships.
“Tim brings a wealth of experience combined with a deep understanding of Laurier and higher education to the role,” said President and Vice-Chancellor Max Blouw. “Throughout his career he has demonstrated a keen ability to achieve significant results in large-scale, complex, strategic projects. I look forward to working with him in the coming year.”
Prior to taking on the Executive Director role, Martin spent 12 years at Blackberry, where he advanced from Assistant Controller to progressively more senior roles as Head of Treasury — Manager, Director and Senior Director. Early in his career, he also worked at Scotiabank, Manulife Financial and FaithLife Financial where he managed business relationships, banking projects and corporate accounting and investment departments.
A Certified General Accountant and CFA Charterholder, Martin received his MBA from Laurier in 1992. He served on the university’s Board of Governors from 2008 until just prior to the effective date of his appointment. During that time he served as Chair of the Pension Committee, the Investment Oversight Committee, and the Finance and Investment Committee, and was a member of the Executive and Governance Committee.