Dr. Gary Kachanoski became the 12th president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland on July 1, 2010, coming to Memorial from the University of Alberta where, among other activities, he served as vice-president (research), professor and Bentley Research Chair (Soil, Water & Environment). Prior to that, he was dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Saskatchewan.
At Memorial, Dr. Kachanoski has focused on the development of new institutional vision, mission and values, and frameworks in teaching and learning, research and public engagement. He is also committed to the growth and development of the Marine Institute, Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook and the Labrador Institute, among many other initiatives.
Infrastructure renewal has also been a top priority. Memorial currently has almost $336 million worth of projects underway, and approval has been obtained to proceed with a $360 million renewal of core science infrastructure on the St. John’s campus.
Under Dr. Kachanoski’s leadership, Memorial has continued its upward trajectory. Annual research funding has grown to $128 million, and graduate student enrolment continues to climb having increased by almost 21 per cent over the past three years.
Finally, he spearheaded the university’s capital fundraising campaign, Dare To, which surpassed its $50 million goal by $17 million to date.
Dr. Kachanoski was founding chair (2005-2007) and a driving force behind the creation of TEC Edmonton, a joint venture with the City of Edmonton and other regional partners for advancing technology commercialization and business acceleration in the area.
In May 2014, the Board of Regents unanimously approved Dr. Kachanoski as the university's president and vice-chancellor for a second five-year term, concluding in June 2020.
Dr. Kachanoski is married with three grown children. His partner, Teresa, is an accomplished visual artist and arts administrator.