President and Vice-Chancellor

On November 8, 2018, Dr. Edward McCauley was announced by Board Chair Jill Wyatt as the ninth president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary. Ed McCauley has deep roots on the University of Calgary campus that stretch back over 30 years as a professor, researcher and vice-president (research).

Ed began his UCalgary career as a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in 1985, before moving on in 2009 to serve as director of the prestigious National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2011, he returned to the University of Calgary to take on the expanded role of vice-president (research) during a time of rapid growth on campus.

An internationally-recognized scholar and researcher, Ed has led a distinguished career in population ecology, with a focus on water issues. He is a highly sought-after external peer reviewer across North America and has received numerous scientific awards and accolades in recognition of his research contributions.

McCauley has a track record of cultivating broad-based, national and international partnerships with industry, community and government. He contributed as a founding co-director of the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research, and he served as the project leader and principal investigator for the Advancing Canada’s Wastewater Assets project.

Ed earned his BSc and MSc from the University of Ottawa, followed by his PhD from McGill University. In addition, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara and was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has contributed as a board member for Mitacs, TRIUMF, the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences and Compute Canada. Most recently, he served on the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure and the Research Council for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.