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Media Release: Ron McKerlie Appointed President of Mohawk College


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HAMILTON (May 21, 2014) – Mohawk College’s Board of Governors is pleased to announce that Ron McKerlie will become the College’s eighth President.

McKerlie, who was the unanimous choice of the Board, is a seasoned executive who brings exemplary credentials and 35 years of extensive experience leading large and complex organizations in the public and private sectors.

McKerlie, 55, is currently Ontario Deputy Minister of Open Government where he leads the provincial government’s efforts into increased accountability, citizen engagement and transparency. McKerlie joined the Government of Ontario in 2005 following a distinguished 25-year career with Rogers Communications and the Bank of Montreal.

McKerlie will also serve as President of the Mohawk College Foundation, with responsibility to grow the College’s endowment fund for student scholarships and bursaries and secure funding for the largest renewal project in Mohawk’s history.

Mohawk’s Board of Governors began a national search in November 2013 for a President to succeed Rob MacIsaac, who was appointed President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences. Robert Carrington will continue to serve as Interim President until McKerlie joins the College on Aug. 5.


“Ron McKerlie will be a great addition to our college and the community. Ron is a consensus builder with an approachable style who brings a wealth of senior executive leadership experience that will take Mohawk to the next level. As President, Ron will draw on his deep understanding of public policy, his strong affinity for technology, his expertise in leading high performing teams and his personal commitment to community service.” – Nancy Fram, Chair of Mohawk College’s Board of Governors.

“I’m honoured to be joining Mohawk College as President. Mohawk has earned a reputation for academic excellence and for putting students first. As a lifelong learner, I look forward to working with Mohawk’s faculty and staff to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our students, their future employers and the community.” – Ron McKerlie, Incoming President of Mohawk College.


  • Deputy Minister, Open Government (June 2013 – present

  • Interim President and CEO of Ornge (January 2012 – June 2013)

  • Deputy Minister of Government Services (2008-2012), leading one of the largest Ministries in Government, with 6,800 staff and a $2.1 billion budget

  • Corporate Chief Information and Information Technology Officer and Chief Strategist Service Delivery (2005-2008)

  • Senior Vice President of eBusiness at Bank of Montreal (1998 – 2000) and Vice President of eBusiness at Rogers Communications (2000 to 2004)

  • Chair of World Vision Canada and Director of World Vision International

  • Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University (2000) and Advanced Management Program from Harvard Business School (2007)

  • Married for 33 years with two grown sons.

Mohawk College educates more than 17,000 full-time and apprenticeship students at three campuses in Hamilton, Ontario. Recognized as a leader in health and technology education, Mohawk has achieved the highest student satisfaction scores among all colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area for four consecutive years.

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For more information, contact:

Jay Robb, Director of Communications, 905.979.8893, jay.robb@mohawkcollege.ca