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Paul Cook named Chancellor of Nipissing University

April 25, 2016

Paul Cook (Law and Security, 1981) has been appointed Chancellor of Nipissing University and will begin his term in June 2016. A dedicated community builder, Cook served as Chief of Police for the North Bay Police Service from 2004 – 2016, capping off 34 years on the force.

As Chief of Police, Cook was deeply engaged with the community, always striving to honour his mantra to his officers to “make a difference every day.” He has done precisely that, playing central roles in major investigations and achieving recognition with the Rotary Club Paul Harris Award, the Officer of the Order of Merit for Police Forces Exemplary Service Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

His career was a steady ascent through the ranks from a Patrol Constable in 1982, to Sergeant in 1995 and Deputy Chief in 1999 before reaching the position of Chief of the North Bay Police Service. In this role, Cook considered North Bay to be a “caring and giving community” and he played a key part in protecting the city’s 54,000 people with work on several high-profile murder cases and multi-jurisdictional drug investigations. “It was and still is incumbent on me to be engaged in the community,” Cook says. 

He continues to give back to North Bay and beyond as a committed volunteer. He is an honorary Colonel at CFB North Bay, a prestigious appointment by the Canadian Armed Forces. Long involved in local events, including the Special Olympics, Coach 4Food, Cops for Cancer, Cook has also volunteered for multiple associations like the Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee of Nipissing, the North Bay Youth Soccer Executive Board, and the Board of Governors of Canadore College.

“I am deeply honoured to be named Chancellor of Nipissing University,” said Cook. “North Bay is my home and I’ve served this wonderful community for my entire life. Nipissing University is a driving force in our community, an economic, cultural and social engine, making a tremendously positive impact.