Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz can now add the title of Chancellor to her various other accolades as the University of Western Ontario has named her the 23rd head of that institution.
“Linda exemplifies the type of graduates Western prepares for the world,” said Western President Amit Chakma in a media statement. “She is an extraordinary talent and highly respected among education and business leaders alike. She has been a close friend of Western for many years and we are looking forward to the leadership she will bring to our institution in her new role.”
Hasenfrantz has first-had experience at Western, she’s an alum who earned both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA at the university before beginning work at her father’s car parts manufacturer in 1990. She took over as CEO of Linamar in 2002.
“I am incredibly honoured to be appointed to this role,” Hasenfratz said. “Western is a world-class institution making a tremendous impact through its talent, expertise and influence. I’m looking forward to working with the entire Western community to help ensure that success continues to grow.”
Hasenfratz has also served as chair of the Business Council of Canada and in 2018 she was named Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the year, and was named to the Order of Canada. Linamar has 60 manufacturing facilities in 17 countries around the world, employing 29,000 people in total with over one-third of them right here in Guelph.
Hasenfratz is only the third woman to be named chancellor of Western University following Canadian psychologist and educator Reva Appleby Gerstein from 1992-1996, and former Hydro One CEO/President and cleric Eleanor Ruth Clitheroe who served from 2000-04. Hasenfratz succeeds Australian businessman Jack Cowin, whose term as Chancellor ends on June 28.
Hasenfratz will be officially installed as Chancellor during fall Convocation ceremonies in London in October.