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Three new community members appointed to Laurentian’s board of governors

Martin Gran, Karen Restoule and Natalie Turvey have ‘impressive depth of experience’

The Laurentian University board of governors has added three new members.

Martin Gran, Karen Restoule and Natalie Turvey were announced as those new members recently. 

The new board members represent a variety of experiences, cultural backgrounds, further holding significant leadership roles in the community, the university said in a news release. 

“Our board members play a critical role in guiding the university and these three new members have key qualities that will have a positive impact as we move forward,” said Robert Haché, president and vice-chancellor at Laurentian University, in a press release.

Board chair Claude F. Lacroix said the new members “come to us with an impressive depth of experience and exemplify a commitment to public service and volunteerism that will absolutely complement our existing slate of engaged and dedicated board members.”

Martin Gran Is the chief financial officer for Pioneer Construction, Fisher Wavy and the group’s equity arm, Silver Peak Capital. He has also served on the board of directors at the Ontario Road Builders Association from 2002 to 2018 and took on the role of president of the board in 2008, the youngest to do so in the organization’s more than 90 year history.

Karen Restoule is the alternate executive chair of Tribunals Ontario, where she has been leading the delivery of administrative justice across Ontario. Previously, she worked with Indigenous leadership to advance policy in her role as director of the Justice Sector at the Chiefs of Ontario. Restoule is also the co-founder of BOLD Realities, a non-profit organization that convenes discussions and develops tools to strengthen relationships between industry and Indigenous leadership. Restoule is a member of Dokis First Nation and a beneficiary of the Robinson-Huron Treaty 1850.

Natalie Turvey is the president and executive director of The Canadian Journalism Foundation, a Toronto-based not-for-profit which supports and celebrates excellence in journalism through education, fellowships, research and one of the industry's most prestigious awards programs. 

This year, Turvey is leading the launch of a Black Journalism Fellowship program to develop emerging talent and give rise to Black voices and Black stories in Canada’s major media.