Meet the Principal

John G. LaBrie, EdD
Founding Principal
Northeastern University Toronto

John LaBrie is the first leader of Northeastern University Toronto. He is responsible for leading the academic mission of Northeastern in Ontario, leading global strategy development for Northeastern University Global Network, and expanding education and employer partnerships around the globe.

John is a recognized leader in program growth and innovation, especially in areas that provide enhanced access for returning adult, international, at-risk, and distance learners. Previously, he served as Dean of the College of Professional Studies and Vice President for professional education, Northeastern University. In this role he established the Graduate School of Education, launched the Lowell Institute School as a first-in-the-United States school dedicated to transfer STEM education, expanded the faculty of the College with 85 new faculty lines and created new degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Under his leadership the College increased its international student body by 95%, contributing to Northeastern’s move upward to 6th among the top 25 U.S. institutions hosting international students (IIE, 2015.) He established Northeastern University’s Online Experiential Learning unit, which develops courses and programs for students with experiential learning as a key ingredient of course development.

He joined the Northeastern faculty in 2009 as a senior fellow teaching in the Doctor of Education program, and continues as Professor of the Practice.

Prior to joining Northeastern, Dr. LaBrie served as dean of continuing studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he led the largest continuing education university program in western Canada.

Dr. LaBrie earned his bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Maine at Fort Kent, an MSA in management from Saint Michael’s College, and an EdD from the University of Pennsylvania.