Lucie Mercier-Gauthier has been working in the field of university administration for over 33 years. Now retired, she enjoyed a long career at the University of Ottawa where she held several management positions. She began as Director of Internal Audit, moved on to Director of Financial Services, and then served as Associate Vice-President of Financial Resources until 2010, managing large-scale projects including changes in financial systems, administrative simplification initiatives, large investment portfolios and two major bond issuances for the institution.
In 2010, she became the Associate Vice-President of Student Services, where she worked on improving the student experience and oversaw the strategic operations of Sports Services, the Community Life Service, the bookstore, Food Services, Conventions and Reservations, the uOttawa Card, the Housing Service and Health Services. She led a new program for excellence in campus services that welcomes over 40 000 students, as well as the development and creation of several new residences, new sports facilities and new food concepts.
Ms Mercier-Gauthier was the recipient of the Honorary Membership for Distinguished Service in 2015 and CAUDO’s Ken Clements Distinguished Administrator Award in 2005. She also won the COFO-UO Distinguished Leadership Award in 2004 for her leadership and numerous contributions within Canadian university administrations.
Ms Mercier-Gauthier began her career as an auditor at the Price Waterhouse accounting firm. In 1982, she worked for Export Development Canada (EDC) as a financial analyst.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa as well as the title of Chartered Accountant. She has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario since 1982.
She is an active member on several boards of directors such as the Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO), the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and the Stem Cell Network. She was a member of the Governance Committee in 2016, and has been a member of Hôpital Montfort’s Management Committee since 2017 and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2018.