Powerful words about a powerful and great man: the Honourable Dr. Murray Sinclair

On Monday afternoon we held the convocation ceremony for the 2017 University of Calgary graduates in Medicine, Law, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine. In addition to celebrating our new graduates, we also awarded Jo-Ann Munn Gafuik (a longtime and stalwart staff member of our university) with the Order of the University of Calgary and Senator Murray […]

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Adaption to change – in space and on earth

Todd Hirsch and Rob Roach of ATB Financial are co-authors of a new book entitled Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change. What an intriguing title! The book profiles several Canadian individuals, organizations and businesses who have successfully adapted to change. Drawing on inspiring stories and lessons learned, the book provides insight on how […]

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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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