NEWS & EVENTS | May 29, 2019

USB Names A New President

Sophie Bouffard, rectrice de l'Université de Saint-Boniface.

Dr. Sophie Bouffard, new USB president (photo source:


Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Sophie Bouffard as president, effective August 1, 2019. Dr. Bouchard currently serves as President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sudbury, a role she has held since 2016.

“The Board of Governors is very pleased to accept the recommendation to offer the presidency of Université de Saint-Boniface to Dr. Sophie Bouffard,” declared the President of the Board of Governors, Micheline Lafond. “The new president’s analytical abilities, caring nature, and engaged and enthusiastic leadership style will allow her to effectively lead our institution in its strategic directions and vision for the future. Her impressive background is complemented by her experience in Ontario and in Western Canadian communities, which fits perfectly with the Francophone minority setting here in Manitoba.”

Originally from Lévis, a suburb of the City of Québec, Sophie Bouffard received her Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Regina in 2011 and her Master of Music from Laval University in 2000. Since 2002, she has held a number of positions at the University of Regina, including Director of the Voice Department at the Conservatory of Performing Arts, Assistant Director of the Centre of Continuing Education, Director of the Centre canadien de recherche sur les francophonies en milieu minoritaire and Director of La Cité universitaire francophone.

A soprano opera singer by profession, Dr. Bouffard has performed throughout Canada and internationally. Specialist in the creation of new music, many works have been composed for her. Recipient of a number of grants, most notably from the Canadian Arts Council, the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Sophie Bouffard also possesses broad experience in teaching and as a member of contest juries at the national level.

Dr. Bouffard will be the second female president in USB’s history and its 45th president. Dr. Peter Dorrington, Vice-President, Academic and Research, will ensure the interim of the presidency until July.

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