Dr. Elizabeth Cannon

Member of the Board of Governors

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon is the eighth president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary. As the leader of one of Canada’s top research universities, she is a passionate advocate for the importance of higher education in driving discovery and innovation, finding solutions for the world’s greatest challenges, and fostering the talents of the young women and men who will become future leaders.

Dr. Cannon’s work has been recognized with many national and international honours including the Johannes Kepler Award from the U.S. Institute of Navigation, APEGA’s Centennial Leadership Award and the Gold Medal Award from Engineers Canada in 2013. Prior to her appointment as president, Dr. Cannon was dean of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Cannon has served on the National Advisory Board on Earth Sciences to the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, is past-president of the U.S. Institute of Navigation and was a director of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Academy of Engineering and the U.S. Institute of Navigation, as well as an elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineering.

Currently she also serves as the Chair of the Canada Research Knowledge Network, Chair of Universities Canada, a member of the U15 Group of Canadian Universities, as well as a member of the federal Minister of Industry’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council. She was appointed to the Board of Governors at Sidra Medicine in Doha, Qatar.

An expert in geomatics engineering and Professional Engineer, Dr. Cannon’s research has been on the forefront of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) since 1984 in both industrial and academic environments, and she has commercialized technology to over 200 agencies worldwide.

In 1998, Dr. Cannon was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and in 2006 was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network. During her years as a professor at the Schulich School of Engineering, she won numerous teaching and research awards, and still takes great pride in following the success stories of the many graduate students she mentored and trained.