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03 Aug

Elizabeth Cannon

Elizabeth Cannon, PhD, O.C., FCAE, FRSC
President Emerita and Professor, Geomatics Engineering

University of Calgary

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon is president emerita and professor, geomatics engineering at the University of Calgary after serving as president and vice-chancellor from July 2010 until December 2018. Prior to her term as president, Dr. Cannon served as dean of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. An expert in Geomatics Engineering and Professional Engineer, Dr. Cannon’s research has been on 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 national and international 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. 

Dr. Cannon is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, an elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineering and an elected Corresponding Member of the Mexican Academy of Engineering. She served as co-chair of the Business-Higher Education Roundtable, was a past chair of Universities Canada, and was a member of the federal Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) in addition to many other boards and advisory councils. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Trustees the Aga Khan University, a Fellow of the Creative Destruction Lab – Rockies and a corporate director.

In 1998, Dr. Cannon was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and in 2006 was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network. Dr. Cannon holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in mathematics from Acadia University as well as a BSc, MSc, and Ph.D. in geomatics engineering from the University of Calgary, and has received honorary degrees from the University of Ottawa, Acadia University, the Université de Montréal, and SAIT. In June 2019, Dr. Cannon was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.