Elizabeth Cannon biography

Elizabeth Cannon, president, University of Calgary.

Universities Canada board past chair

Elizabeth Cannon was appointed the eighth president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary on July 1, 2010.

Dr. Cannon serves as past chair on the board of Universities Canada.

Prior to assuming the position of president, Dr. Cannon was dean of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.

A renowned expert in geomatics engineering, Dr. Cannon’s research has been on the frontier 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 is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the U.S. Institute of Navigation, as well as an elected foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

She has served on numerous public- and private-sector boards and with national advisory groups and community committees. These include positions as past president of the U.S.-based Institute of Navigation; board member and interim chair of the Canada Foundation for Innovation; director of the Enbridge Income Fund Holdings; and board member of the Royal Society of Canada, the Alberta Ingenuity Fund, and the TELUS World of Science. She was on the National Advisory Board on Earth Sciences to the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, and has been a member of several Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada committees and task forces.

She is the recipient of many honours and awards. Throughout her career, Dr. Cannon has blazed a trail for women in non-traditional areas and worked to ensure that women receive opportunities to excel, particularly in science and engineering.

Dr. Cannon holds a BSc in mathematics from Acadia University, and a BSc, MSc and PhD in geomatics engineering from the University of Calgary

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