Dr. Elizabeth Cannon is the eighth president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary.
Prior to her appointment as president, Dr. Cannon was dean of the Schulich School of Engineering, propelling it into the top ranks of Canadian engineering schools. Dr. Cannon is a Professional Engineer, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and an elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineering. Currently, she serves as the Chair of Universities Canada, as well as a member of the federal Minister of Industry’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council, the Business Higher Education Round Table, and the U15 Group of Canadian research universities.
An expert in geomatics engineering, Dr. Cannon’s research has been at 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 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. From 1997 to 2002 she held the NSERC / Petro-Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering and from 2002 to 2004 she was the recipient of the NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship for outstanding young researchers.
Dr. Cannon holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in mathematics from Acadia University as well as a BSc, MSc and PhD in geomatics engineering from the University of Calgary, and has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Ottawa, Acadia University and the Université de Montréal.