Dr. Mary Anne Chambers, a former Ontario cabinet minister, longtime champion of the University of Guelph, and lifelong education and community advocate, has been named as the University’s next chancellor.
She is the tenth chancellor since the University’s creation in 1964.
“Mary Anne Chambers embodies our University’s purpose and promise to ‘Improve Life,’” said U of G president Dr. Charlotte Yates. “She has worked tirelessly to make higher education accessible and inclusive for everyone and to improve circumstances for children, youth and families, especially in racialized communities in Canada and around the world.”
” Chambers was a senior vice-president at Scotiabank. She was elected to the Ontario legislature as a Liberal in 2003 and appointed minister of training, colleges and universities and then minister of children and youth services. She was a member of U of G’s Board of Governors from 2010 to 2016.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Chambers was named to the Order of Ontario and has received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee medals.
“This University has so much to contribute to the achievement of the ambitions of the people of this province, our country and beyond, given its areas of specialty and its long-standing commitment to sustainability in its broadest sense. I am truly honoured to be chosen to serve the University of Guelph as its chancellor,” Chambers said.