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Special Visitors

Col. (Ret.) Chris Hadfield

The University of Calgary was thrilled to partner with the Calgary Stampede and TELUS Spark on July 6, 2013 to present Col. (Ret.) at the Greatest Show ABOVE Earth at the university’s award winning EEEL Building. Col. Hadfield shared stunning photos and out-of-this-world stories from his recent assignment as commander of the International Space Station (ISS). This was Col. Hadfield’s first public presentation on his experiences since his return to earth.



Bob McDonald

CBC Radio’s host of Quirks and Quarks, Bob McDonald was welcomed on campus on July 6, 2013 to help host the Greatest Outdoor Show ABOVE Earth featuring Col. (Ret.) Chris Hadfield. McDonald helped moderate the question and answer discussion with the audience.





Darrell Fox

In fall 2013, the University of Calgary and community welcomed Darrell Fox back to campus to help kick off Terry’s CAUSE on Campus. This annual walk/run event, launched by The Terry Fox Foundation and The Terry Fox Research Institute, aims to unite colleges and universities across Canada, to celebrate Terry’s legacy and raise money for cancer research.





David Johnston

An Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree was conferred upon His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at the University of Calgary’s fall convocation on November 13, 2012. He was recognized for his remarkable career in academic and political affairs. Student groups had the opportunity to showcase their studies to His Excellency, and help celebrate his success at a private reception following convocation. His Excellency is the 28th Governor General of Canada and was sworn in October of 2010.




Huguette Labelle

Selected as one of four Canadian universities to host the Public Policy Forum’s 25th Anniversary Lecture Series, the University of Calgary welcomed Huguette Labelle, chair, Transparency International on November 2012. Huguette is a Companion of the Order of Canada and spent 19 years as Deputy Minister of different departments in the Canadian Government. Her speech addressed the trusting relationship that can develop between companies involved in the natural resource sector and the communities they surround.




Rick Hansen

The University of Calgary community celebrated an exciting milestone by welcoming distinguished Canadian hero Rick Hansen to the Olympic Oval. In honour of the 25th anniversary of the original 'Man in Motion' tour, Hansen and his team worked their way across the country retracing the historic Canadian-leg of his journey. Spectators watched long-track speed-skating champion and former student Christine Nesbitt along with University of Calgary student and Canadian Para-Nordic Ski Team member Mark Arendz serve as relay medal bearers on behalf of the university.


The Royals

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the University of Calgary on July 7, 2011 as the first official stop on their Calgary visit. The University was the only Canadian academic institution on their first official international tour and showcased the University’s Ward of the 21st Century (W21C) Research and Innovation Centre on a global stage.




Other Special Visitors include:

  • Martti Ahtisaari, Finland Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former president of Finland (2011)
  • Manmeet Bhullar, Minister of Service Alberta (2012)
  • Jane Goodall, Primatologist (2010)
  • Conor Grennan, Author (2011)
  • Kristina Groves, alumni and Olympic speed-skating medalist (2011)
  • David Jacobson, U.S. Ambassador to Canada (2011)
  • Michaëlle Jean, Former Governor General (2011)
  • Craig Kielburger, Co-founder of Free the Children (2011, 2014)
  • Ted Morton, Minister of Energy (2012)
  • Naheed Nenshi, Calgary Mayor (2013, 2014)
  • Michael Porter, Professor, Harvard Business School (2014)
  • Alison Redford, Former Premier of Alberta (2013)
  • Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer-prize winning comic artist (2011)