As Professor Suzanne Fortier completes her final term as the 17th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University, the McGill Reporter archives remembers some of the McGill community’s achievements under her leadership, and other highlights of her tenure:
Carleton University honours Principal Fortier with an honorary degree in recognition of her outstanding leadership in the Canadian scientific community.
In recognition of her academic leadership, and to honour the important intellectual and research ties that bind Glasgow University and McGill, Glasgow U honours Principal Fortier with an honorary degree.
The Royal Society of Canada recognizes Principal Fortier’s collaborative approach to leadership, and her commitment to mobilizing partnerships in support of Canada’s research and innovation culture, by naming her a Specially Elected Fellow.
McGill reappoints Prof. Fortier to a second term as Principal and Vice-Chancellor. The McGill Board of Governors highlighted her commitment to increasing the number of outside-the-classroom active learning opportunities (such as research internships, co-op placements, international exchanges and community engagement projects) as an example of Principal Fortier’s student-focused leadership during her first term.
“As a University, we have a crucial role to play with respect to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action,” says Principal Fortier when McGill first flies the Hiawatha Wampum belt flag from the Arts Building to mark the 2018 National Indigenous Peoples Day.
John and Marcy McCall Macbain make the single-largest gift in Canadian history—$200 million—to create the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill. “The McCall MacBain Scholarships embody our vision for McGill’s third century: a place where students become future-ready and prepared to contribute to shaping our rapidly changing world,” says Principal Fortier.
Principal Fortier joins the McGill community in unveiling a banner to celebrate Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s successes as a McGill med school graduate and Super Bowl LIV champion: “His determination, his resilience, his commitment to always giving his best. It is incredibly inspiring for all of us.”
“We can all take pride in having been able to surmount together this unexpected challenge”: Principal Fortier congratulates McGill students and staff on pivoting to successfully complete the Winter 2020 semester during the early months of the pandemic.
Principal Fortier announces McGill’s Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism, developed in consultation with McGill’s Black community: “With this Action Plan, we renew our commitment to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of academic excellence as we prepare to mark McGill’s Bicentenary and enter into our third century.”
Maclean’s magazine ranks McGill as Canada’s top university every year of Principal Fortier’s tenure. “Our continued success in the Maclean’s rankings speaks to the exceptionally high calibre of our students, faculty and staff,” she says on the occasion of the 2021 rankings. “That we, and so many other universities in Canada, have been able to maintain this level of excellence – even through COVID – is an accomplishment we should all be proud of.”
“You are an integral part of a very special community — one that has been evolving for 200 years, that has made an incredible impact on society and knowledge, and that has helped people fulfill their promise”: Principal Fortier joins the McGill community in celebrating the University’s Bicentennial.
Principal Fortier helps launch the Adaptable Earth Observation System (AEOS) at the Gault Nature Reserve. “The research conducted at the [AEOS Lab] will address some of the most pressing issues facing the planet,” she said.