Dr Elizabeth Cannon, a three-time alumnus of the University of Calgary, was officially installed as the university’s eighth president and vice-chancellor on October 8, 2010 – its first female president and its first alumnus to serve in that role. During the traditional ceremony she took the Oath of Office from The Honourable Donald Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and was invested with the university’s presidential robes.
An expert in geomatics engineering, Dr Cannon received a BSc, MSc and PhD at the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Acadia University. Prior to being appointed President, Cannon was a faculty member and later the first female Dean of the Schulich School of Engineering. A Professional Engineer, she is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
During her installation address Cannon indicated her intention to work with all its stakeholders to build the University of Calgary into one of the world’s top research universities, while enhancing undergraduate education and ensuring the institution’s financial and environmental sustainability. “The University of Calgary has invested much in me – through my almost 30 years as a student, professor and dean – and I am ready to invest all that I have into the future of this university, its people, its potential…We have the talent, we have the community to back us, and we have the courage to make this a university that stands among the best in the world, and we will work together as one university to ensure that our goals are extremely ambitious, clearly define and supported by all. This requires a process that will be, and must be, rigorous and transparent. It will involve all our stakeholders in discussion and planning and it will end with a clear plan for the future.”
A year following her installation, Dr Cannon launched Eyes High, a vision for the University of Calgary to become one of Canada’s top five research universities by its 50th anniversary in 2016.