Aside from serving as chancellor from 2001-2007, Molloy is a negotiator, lawyer, strategic advisor and author. He received his BA and law degrees from the U of S.
Molloy is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. He led the team that negotiated the Nisga'a Final Agreement, the first modern-day treaty in British Columbia, and was the chief negotiator for the Government of Canada in negotiations with the Inuit of Nunavut in the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement, which led to the creation of the Territory of Nunavut in 1999.
The lieutenant governor is appointed by Governor General Julie Payette, on the recommendation of the prime minister, typically for a period of five years.
Molloy will replace Vaughn Solomon Schofield, who was named to the role in 2012.