Chancellor Paul Cook (D.Litt)


Paul Cook became the third Chancellor of Nipissing University in 2016. Born and raised in North Bay, he enjoyed a 34-year career in policing, serving as Chief of Police for the North Bay Police Service from 2004 –16, when he retired from the force and became President of Retired Badge Consulting Inc. A dedicated community builder, Dr. Cook is the Past Chair of Coach4Food Board and the North Bay Court Security Committee, and is a member of the Nipissing Transition House Board, North Bay Youth Soccer Board, and North Bay Sports Award Committee. He is a past member of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee of Nipissing, the former Honorary Colonel of 51 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron, Past Chair of the 2015 Ontario Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games Committee, and Past Sponsorship Chair for the 2013-14 World Ringette Championships Committee. Dr. Cook also served on the executive for both the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.

Dr. Cook has been recognized for his leadership in the North Bay community multiple times. He received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Royal Canadian Air Force Commander’s Commendation in 2012. In 2013, he was honoured with the Rotary Club Paul Harris Award and the Officer of the Order of Merit for Police Forces Medal. In 2016, Dr. Cook received the Dedication to Soccer Award from the North Bay Sports Hall of Fame.