Marcel Lauzière has notified the Lawson Foundation Board that he will be retiring from his position as President and CEO as of April 30, 2024. He will have served the Foundation for a decade and is very much looking forward to relaxing a bit more, focusing on his volunteer work, and potentially advising other organizations.
Marcel has led us through tremendous growth as an organization and has overseen significant progress in our strategic areas. His skill as a great leader and influencer has helped us become a leading Foundation in Canada in the areas where we work. We have been so fortunate to have him in the lead for the past ten years.
The Board has created a search sub-committee and has hired Sharon Rudy at Watson Advisors, an executive search firm, with expertise in family foundation recruitment. We have a plan to conduct a national search over the next few months with the goal of having a new President and CEO in place by mid-April 2024. To ensure we have good continuity in the search and the on-boarding of a new President & CEO, the Board recently extended my term as Board Chair to June 2025. This will be my top priority for the next 18 months, and I am committed to making this transition as smooth as possible.
Let me close by saying we are all going to miss Marcel terribly, but the Board also looks forward to the Lawson Foundation continuing to make positive impacts in its strategic areas and on the overall foundation sector in Canada. We are on a great road, in large part due to Marcel, and we are confident this will continue!
Chair of the Board
The Lawson Foundation