Linamar chief executive Linda Hasenfratz, a familiar name to Guelph, was named on Thursday as the new chancellor of Western University, a London institution she is an alumna of.

“I am incredibly honoured to be appointed to this role,” Hasenfratz said in a press release from the university. She is also a member of the Ivey Business School Advisory Board and “has long been a keen supporter of Western.”

The CEO “brings a wealth of international experience and a dynamic, energetic style of leadership to Western that will benefit the University at home and on the world stage,” the release added.

A member of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, Hasenfratz has been widely recognized for contributions to Canadian business and for her commitments to the community, Western said.

“She has played a key role in helping Western encourage more women to enter the fields of engineering and business and, in addition to her leadership role, will serve as a valuable role model for Western students.”

It will not be the first time Hasenfratz will benefit from taxpayer dollars. In 2018, the federal government announced it would invest up to $100 million in the Guelph-based company to help create 1,500 jobs.

The executive will not have as much power in her position at Western as Linamar, however, as the chancellorship, just like at the University of Guelph, is largely symbolic.

She will “preside at convocation ceremonies to admit candidates to degrees, diplomas and certificates”, as well as serves as “an ex-officio voting member of the Board of Governors, University Senate and certain committees of both governing bodies.