Connector. Leader. Ambassador.

UCalgary's Chancellor is a volunteer who works closely with leadership to advance the university vision. 

As someone deeply committed to the importance of education in society, I am honoured to have been selected as the Chancellor of the University of Calgary, an institution that is poised to play a critical role in the economic transition of Calgary and Alberta through its commitment to entrepreneurial thinking and innovation. 

Deborah Yedlin

Chancellor, University of Calgary

members of senate


The Chancellor acts as the Chair of the university Senate, which promotes the university’s reputation and priorities, builds long-term support and enriches community relationships.

Student at convocation


The Chancellor presides over all degree-conferring ceremonies of the university, including the presentation of Honorary Degrees and Order of the University of Calgary.

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Board of Governors

The Chancellor serves as a member of the Governors of the University of Calgary, which oversees the management and operation of the university’s business and affairs.

Chancellor Yedlin


Community leader and Calgary journalist Deborah Yedlin was elected the 14th chancellor of the University of Calgary, effective July 1st, 2018.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Yedlin witnessed firsthand the power of education to provide the opportunity to rebuild a life in a new country, as the daughter of immigrants. As both her parents went on to become educators – in the public primary system and at the post-secondary level – Yedlin grew up immersed in the academic world.

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What does it mean to be Chancellor?


The Chancellor engages with students through the Chancellor’s Club Scholars, Senate Service Award recipients and student members on Senate. The Chancellor mentors students during their degree program and celebrates with them in conferring their degree at convocation.

Chancellor's Circle

The Chancellor leads the prestigious Chancellor’s Circle, which raises funds for student scholarships and bursaries. The Chancellor’s Circle members meet during the year for special events.

Chancellor's fundraising

We raise funds for student awards through an annual golf tournament, the Chancellor's Challenge, and an annual cycling tournament, the Chancellor's Ride, supporting students across the campus. 

Honorary Degrees

The Chancellor may grant, on the authorization of the Senate, an honorary degree on a person. Selection of recipients is done in conjunction with the President and Vice-Chancellor.