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Kevin G. Lynch, P.C., O.C., PH.D., LL.D.

  • Vice-Chairman of the Board

Dr. Lynch has been Vice-Chair of BMO Financial Group since 2010. Prior to that, Dr. Lynch built a distinguished 33-year career in the Government of Canada until his retirement in 2009, serving as Clerk of the Privy Council, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service of Canada. He also served as Deputy Minister of Industry from 1995 to 2000 and Deputy Minister of Finance from 2000 to 2004. From 2004 to 2006, he served as Executive Director for the Canadian, Irish and Caribbean constituency at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Lynch is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian National Railway Company, Empire Company Limited and CNOOC Limited. He is also the Chancellor of the University of King’s College, the Chair of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation, a Trustee of the Killam Trusts, and a member of several other boards, including the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, the Governor General of Canada’s Rideau Hall Foundation and Communitech Corporation. Dr. Lynch is also a member and past Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Agenda Council on The Global Financial System. He is also the former Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo. Dr. Lynch holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Mount Allison University, a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Manchester and a doctorate in Economics from McMaster University. He has received honorary doctorates from ten Canadian universities and was made a Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada in 2009, and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011. He was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.