In my role as Chancellor I plan and host three Chancellor’s Club events per year. Chancellor’s Club is a forum where community, business and academic leaders come together to engage in spirited conversations on compelling topics, network, and meet the high-achieving students who benefit from the Club’s support.
Each Chancellor’s Club event has a specific theme which is selected from elements of our university’s strategic Research Plan or Academic Plan. Last week’s event focused on leadership – one of the themes from our Academic Plan. We consider leadership development to be a niche area of strength at our university.
EnCana Corporation graciously partnered with the University of Calgary for this evening’s event and offered their Atrium and Auditorium on the 54th floor of The Bow building for our event. This building is spectacularly impressive and symbolically represents Calgary leadership.
The highlight of our evening was a panel of three high profile leaders who have rich team experiences in fields including sports, business and social enterprise. The panel explored the characteristics and challenges associated with the leadership of teams. Our panelists were:
- Dawn Farrell – President and CEO of TransAlta Corporation
- Danielle Goyette – multiple gold medal Olympian and world champion with the Canadian women’s hockey team; coach of the University of Calgary Women’s Dinos Hockey team
- Mike McAllister – Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at EnCana Corporation
Dr. Dru Marshall, our university provost and vice-president (academic), superbly moderated the panel.
As the event came to a close, I heard nothing but praise from our Club members for an enjoyable evening and a lively panel. The panelists shared amazing personal stories and unique insights about the role of leaders in a team setting. I was inspired and learned a lot.
Over the past year, I have enjoyed getting to know the members of Chancellor’s Club. Proceeds from their annual membership fee support the Club’s scholarship program which in turn supports a group of 41 extraordinary students (“Chancellor’s Scholars”) at our university.
What a pleasure for me to meet the citizens who are making a difference in our community and whose generosity helps to attract elite students to our campus.