May 19, 2019
Dr. Elizabeth Cannon served as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calgary from 2010 to 2018. Prior to her appointment as President, Dr. Cannon served as Dean of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. 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. 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.
Dr. Cannon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and is an elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineering. She is a former co-chair of the Business-Higher Education Roundtable and past chair of Universities Canada, and was previously a member of the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC).
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. Dr. Cannon holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in mathematics from Acadia University as well as a B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD in geomatics engineering from the University of Calgary, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Ottawa, Acadia University, the Université de Montréal, and SAIT.