University of Calgary

President Cannon honoured

UToday HomeJanuary 17, 2013

By Sarah McGinnis

President Cannon honoured. Photo credit: Riley BrandtPresident Elizabeth Cannon honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Photo credit: Riley BrandtUniversity of Calgary president Elizabeth Cannon’s leadership and vision were recently recognized as she was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Cannon participated in a group ceremony in Edmonton on Tuesday with Premier Allison Redford, Enterprise and Advanced Education Minister Stephen Khan and other presidents of post-secondary institutions across Alberta.

On Wednesday afternoon, she received the medal personally in a ceremony with Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs) and MP for Calgary-Nose Hill.

The commemorative medal was created to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th anniversary on the throne. As part of the celebration, 60,000 Canadians will be honoured for their significant contributions and service to this country.

“Alberta is fortunate to have such dedicated, visionary leaders in the post-secondary system. I wanted to recognize these leaders, and celebrate the work they do to help build our world-class centres of learning,” Premier Alison Redford said in a news release.

“Dr. Cannon's deep sense of community, and her ability to bring people together to achieve their goals and open new doorways for women and girls and all students, has made a significant contribution to our city, our province, and our country,” said Minister Ablonczy.

As the eighth president of the University of Calgary, Cannon established the bold Eyes High vision of making this university one of Canada’s top five research institutions by 2016, grounded in innovative learning and teaching, and fully engaged with the Calgary community.

Along with being recognized for her leadership and vision, Cannon is a world-renowned engineer whose research has been at the forefront of GPS technology for decades. She also remains passionate about encouraging young women to pursue opportunities in the fields of math, engineering and science.

“Receiving the Diamond Jubilee medal is a tremendous personal honour, and, most importantly, a salute to our accomplishments as a university community and our commitment to ensure the University of Calgary continues to promote learning, inquiry and leadership in Calgary and beyond,” said Cannon. “We have a wealth of talent on our campus, wonderful teaching in the classroom, innovative research and invaluable connections to the city of Calgary that make this a truly great university.”

The University of Calgary community has already seen several members of its staff, faculty, and alumni receive Jubilee medals for a wide range of contributions, from innovative research and volunteer work to civic engagement.

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