University of Calgary

Board of Governors

February 25, 2011

New Board of Governors chair appointed

Douglas J. Black, Q.C. is the new chair of the Board of Governors.Douglas J. Black, Q.C. is the new chair of the Board of Governors.The University of Calgary is pleased to welcome Douglas J. Black, Q.C. as the new chair of the Board of Governors. Black was appointed through an Order-In-Council released yesterday by the Government of Alberta. The Order also appointed two new members to the board.

“It’s a privilege to be appointed as chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Calgary. I look forward to working with our new president, Dr. Elizabeth Cannon, as we embark on a new strategic plan and capitalize on the university’s enormous potential,” Black said. “The University of Calgary is poised for great growth and new levels of innovation, community leadership, and student success. I am looking forward to working with some of the finest students, academics, researchers and administrators in the country as we realize those goals.”

Black is a current member of the Board of Governors and replaces former Board Chair John (Jack) R. Perraton, C.M., Q.C., whose term expired on Dec. 31, 2010. Black is vice chair and senior counsel of Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP and is a prominent community leader, holding positions including chair of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, president of the Energy Policy Institute of Canada and governor emeritus of The Banff Centre.

“Doug’s experience in community service and his commitment to education makes him an outstanding choice for Board of Governors chair,” said Bonnie DuPont, a fellow board member and chair of the board’s Human Resources and Governance Committee. “The University of Calgary is well positioned to move forward under the leadership of a new board chair, president and chancellor.”

Brenda Kenny and Mike Shaikh were also appointed to their first terms on the Board of Governors. Kenny is president and CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association and earned her PhD from the University of Calgary in 2005. Shaikh is a chartered accountant and member of numerous corporate and non-profit boards.

University of Calgary President Dr. Elizabeth Cannon congratulated Black on his appointment and said she looks forward to working with the Board of Governors in building the university’s reputation as one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities.

“Doug becomes chair at a very exciting time as we undertake Project Next, the comprehensive strategic planning process that will set clear goals and priorities for the University of Calgary leading into its 50th anniversary in 2016,” Dr. Cannon said. “I look forward to working closely with him and our Chancellor Jim Dinning as we continue to build a great university.”

Bookmark and Share