Linda Nicholls was elected as the eventual successor to the head of the Anglican Diocese of Huron on Saturday.
Nicholls is the first woman to hold the role in the Huron Diocese, which takes in much of Southwestern Ontario.
An area bishop of Trent-Durham, Nicholls beat out seven other candidates in three ballots at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
“She is a gifted and faithful leader who will help chart our future to that place where God in Christ will us to be. I very much look forward to working with her, ” Bishop of Huron Robert Bennett said in a statement.