I was in Hamilton, Ontario today to help my colleague Dr. Bonnie Schmidt with an important funding announcement for her organization Let’s Talk Science. Bonnie and I are kindred spirits in that we both advocate for enhanced STEM skills in Canada. Let’s Talk Science is a national organization that engages youth in science, technology, engineering and […]
Today I was in Vancouver to participate in a Board of Directors meeting for LIFT Philanthropy Partners. LIFT is an organization that is pioneering ‘venture philanthropy’ in Canada. While the notion of venture philanthropy is novel, I find the concept to be intriguing and promising. In a nutshell, LIFT Philanthropy Partners uses the methods of venture […]
I went for a run this morning. Looking at the map of my jogging route, can you determine where I am and, more importantly, why I am here? I’ll provide a copy of my ISS mission patch to the first person with the correct answer. Hint: My starting point (green marker) is at latitude 45°56.646’N […]
I don’t usually pick up my home phone when I see a 1-800 number displayed on Caller ID. I’m suspicious that a telemarketer may pressure me into buying a timeshare property. But I’m glad that I picked up the phone a couple of months ago. When I answered the phone, I was told that my […]
I noted in yesterday’s guest blog that Phil Tuck considered his most satisfying work as a Senator to have been his role in the awarding of honorary degrees. I concur. I very much enjoy meeting and hearing from distinguished world citizens who share their life journeys and stories of accomplishments with our young graduands at convocation.
This afternoon we held our last Senate meeting of the academic year. It has been a busy year. I feel proud of what we have accomplished and privileged to have worked with the Senators – some of Calgary’s finest citizens. We concluded the meeting by recognizing and thanking 13 Senators who have reached the end […]
As Chancellor, I observe that the Senate of the University of Calgary is doing many things right. Several of our current projects (e.g. Lecture of a Lifetime, Senate Service Award) are successful and well aligned with our mission. However, the time is right for Senate to develop a new strategic plan; to re-align and improve […]
The University of Calgary has many boards, committees and councils. The highest level board is the Board of Governors. This Board is responsible for the stewardship of the university on behalf of the people of the Province of Alberta. It has ultimate oversight of major issues of the university.This year the Board has had to […]