Remarkable senator was also a touchstone of persistence and diplomacy to her family

Today I am wrapping up another satisfying week of chancellor activity at the University of Calgary. I so much enjoy the role. Each day on campus puts me in touch with stalwart citizens, inspiring students and cutting-edge researchers. For example, this week I telecon’d with the chancellors from Alberta’s two other major universities to discuss […]

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Canada’s leading researchers, innovators and budding scientists honoured at NSERC Awards

Last Tuesday evening (Feb. 7) I attended the presentation of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Awards. This ceremony, held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, is an annual event that showcases the significance and brilliance of the natural sciences and engineering research taking place in Canada. For me, it was an […]

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One of the best jobs: choosing and conferring honorary degree recipients

The conferring of honorary doctorates (Doctor of Laws, honoris causa) at convocation is a satisfying duty for a University of Calgary chancellor. An honorary degree is the highest honour awarded by our institution. It is our way to profile extraordinary individuals as well as the level of excellence to which we all aspire. Our Senators […]

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Canadian talent shines at prestigious literary awards

Last week I attended the presentation of the Governor General’s Literary Awards. This ceremony, held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, is an annual event that celebrates the best in Canadian literature. Administered by the Canada Council for the Arts, the GGLAs are Canada’s oldest and most prestigious literary awards. His Excellency the Right Honourable David […]

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Dr. Janice Heard: Take the fork in the road whenever possible

On Thursday morning we held the convocation ceremony for the fall 2016 University of Calgary graduates in Medicine, Environmental Design, Business, Kinesiology, Nursing, Engineering and Science. During this ceremony, we also conferred the Order of the University of Calgary on Dr. Janice Heard. The Order honours individuals who have provided significant and distinguished service to […]

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