University of Calgary

President's Message

Submitted by alumni on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 22:34.

President's Message

Elizabeth Cannon invites you to celebrate the university’s 50-year history as well as its ambitious future in a series of anniversary events.
Elizabeth Cannon, BSc’84, MSc’87, PhD’91, President

From our precursor state as the University of Alberta at Calgary, to full-fledged autonomy on April 29, 1966, to the present — the road to 50 is rich with stories of transformation, innovation and the vibrant spirit that defines the University of Calgary.

As UCalgary alumni, we welcome your story of how your time on campus helped shape the person you are today. Testament to that is a living document of the shared evolution of our students and our university at — and I encourage you to share your story.

The university’s 50th anniversary milestone isn’t about a single point in time — throughout 2016-17 we will celebrate 50 years of being an integral part of this city — it’s about shining a spotlight on how this institution has evolved in tandem with our city; how the shape and spirit of the university reflects the DNA of Calgary and the needs of its people; how thousands of students find their passion and unleash their potential here; how the innovation and discovery that happens here directly impacts society, close to home and further afield; and how the steadfast support of the community allows us to achieve our objectives — to be better than we were yesterday, while remaining true to our roots as a bold, innovative, ambitious institution as we look toward the future.

Since 2011, we have ramped up our journey towards excellence with the Eyes High strategic plan to become a top five research institution. This multi-faceted approach prioritized learning inside and outside the classroom, research excellence and community engagement. As a guiding strategy, Eyes High also energized and focused the university community on our foundational commitments as a hub for teaching and research innovation, and we will continue this momentum.

To commemorate both the 50th anniversary and the culmination of Eyes High, we would like to welcome you back to campus. Come cheer on the Dinos, stay at the Hotel Alma, view the Nickle Galleries’ exhibits, see a play at the University Theatre or take a coffee break at the Taylor Family Digital Library. Join us in celebrating how far we have come in 50 years, celebrating our successes, our challenges, and our opportunities to shine!

There are a host of events and exhibits in the coming weeks and months: our inaugural Alumni Weekend, the opening of the new Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning, the completion of the new Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex, the University District ground breaking, the Then and Now campus transformation displays, Lecture of Lifetime, DoorsOpen YYC and so much more. We will be creating many opportunities on and off campus to share the teaching, learning and research underway at the university and to provide a space to engage our community in a dialogue about our future.

I encourage you to get involved as we set the stage for our next 50 years. Let’s celebrate all that we have achieved to date. Let’s celebrate our ambition for tomorrow. Let’s celebrate our collective spirit to work together to achieve all that we aspire to be — to be Canada’s most entrepreneurial university in the country’s most enterprising city. Let’s celebrate, together.

– Elizabeth Cannon, BSc’84, MSc’87, PhD’91, PresidentU