Roseann Runte to become CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation

Roseann Runte
Roseann Runte is president of Carleton University.

Outgoing Carleton University president Roseann Runte has been appointed president and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the institution said on Wednesday.

Ms. Runte announced last week she was stepping down from her position at Carleton effective July 31. She had been president of the university since 2008.

“As a university administrator and leader, she is skilled at working with governments at all levels,” Kevin Smith, chair of the foundation’s board, said in a statement.

“And as president and CEO of the CFI, Dr. Runte will work with governments to help strengthen Canada’s capacity to do world-class research with state-of-the-art research infrastructure. She has spent her career understanding and supporting the research needs of universities, and driving institutions to innovate and achieve ambitious goals.”

The CFI is a federally funded, Ottawa-based agency that invests in research equipment and facilities at universities, colleges, hospitals and non-profit research institutions across the country.

Ms. Runte will assume her new post in August. She will succeed Gilles Patry, who has been the agency’s president and CEO since August 2010.

The former president of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., Ms. Runte became the first female leader in Carleton’s history. Several major construction projects were completed under her watch, including the River and Canal academic buildings and a new student residence.

As Carleton president, Ms. Runte’s influence extended into the business community through a seat on the board of Invest Ottawa alongside the leaders of the city’s other major post-secondary institutions.