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Pat Lang

Patricia (Pat) Lang has been an advocate and a leader of community college education for over 40 years. She has worked at five colleges in Quebec and in Ontario and is recognized for her creativity, innovation, commitment to student success and positive working relationships.

Lang was president of Confederation College from 2000 to 2011 and during her tenure, six new centres were opened – an Aviation Centre of Excellence (ACE), a Natural Resources Centre, a Centre for Applied Media Productions (CAMP), Negahneewin College of Academic & Community Development, the Paterson Library Commons and the Regional & Education Alliance for Community Health (REACH).  She also championed a major renewal of trades and technology facilities and programs, a Bio-Energy Research and Learning Centre, and a new Campus Master Plan. Fundraising campaigns for these projects generated over 68 million dollars of capital to support these centres.

As a result of Lang's leadership, Confederation College was especially effective in building community partnerships. Ongoing planning with governments, businesses, industries, and communities ensured the currency and relevancy of college programs and employment opportunities for graduates: Making the college a key player in regional economic development.

Under her leadership, the college realized its potential of “changing lives through learning” through a strong focus on student and employee success. She believes that life-long learning is a touchstone of a healthy community.

Lang received her bachelor of nursing degree from the University of New Brunswick and her master of arts from Central Michigan University. In March 2009, she was appointed Canada’s 13th Royal Canadian Navy Honorary Captain by the Minister of National Defence, affiliated with maritime training and education. Lang received an honorary doctor of letters degree in May 2009 from the University of New Brunswick.  

In 1998, Lang won the Dean’s Award at Central Michigan University for outstanding achievement and contributions to community college education in Ontario. She was named an Influential Woman of Northwestern Ontario for 2004 and has been called “one of Thunder Bay’s leading ambassadors.” She was recognized as one of Canada’s top 25 Canadians, in December 2009, by the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) for making a difference in the lives of Canadians as they age and on her retirement in 2011 she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities and a distinguished Service Award by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges