Message from President Elizabeth Cannon

Dear friends and supporters,

Over the course of UCalgary’s Energize campaign, I have shared a collection of stories that illustrate the meaningful impact of your continued support. While the campaign numbers speak for themselves it is — as always — the students, researchers and community partners who bring these results to life. 

As my time as president comes to a close, I’m filled with gratitude and pride to know that your vision and determination will help this historic campaign meet (and likely exceed) its $1.3-billion goal. With the $1-billion milestone now surpassed, transformative change has already advanced and elevated student experiences, research outcomes and community ties in ways that we had scarcely dreamed possible.

I vividly remember meeting with the executive leadership team at the beginning of my first term to clarify three areas of focus for our university. First, the University of Calgary should be vitally connected to our community and recognized as an integral part of this city. Second, we should aim to become an exceptionally strong teaching and research university, with positive impacts on the student experience. Third, this campus community would assemble all the most effective people, systems, structures and processes to create a strong foundation and take on new strategic opportunities.

As my time as president comes to a close, I’m filled with gratitude and pride to know that your vision and determination will help this historic campaign meet (and likely exceed) its $1.3-billion goal.

President Elizabeth Cannon

I am proud to say that’s exactly what we did — that’s what you did. Together, we have relentlessly pursued excellence through our strategic Eyes High call to action. Together, we have answered that call by inspiring our community, near and far, to roll up their sleeves and get involved.

Researchers and entrepreneurs such as Dr. Steve Liang have proven that your passionate support for initiatives like the Creative Destruction Lab Rockies is worthwhile. Students like Margaret Kangas illustrate the value of thinking creatively about how to prepare and inspire our future energy leaders. Alumnus Lucas Barr is a testament to the power of a multidisciplinary education that puts UCalgary on the global vanguard of environmental sustainability.

All of these opportunities and successes are fueled by the investment and involvement of our community: the individuals, foundations and corporations who align themselves with big ideas and then invest their time, talent and ambition into bringing these ideas to lasting, meaningful fruition.

Thank you for allowing me this tremendous role in contributing to and participating in sustained excellence through the University of Calgary. It’s been a privilege and an honour, and it will certainly be a joy to celebrate the achievements of Energize and Eyes High with you.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Cannon

BSc’84, MSc’87, PhD’91

President and Vice-Chancellor