Chancellor's Forum

The Chancellor's Forum is an initiative of the University of Alberta Senate that invites the public to campus to engage with a timely topic related to the University of Alberta. Our Senate Campus Inquiries and Initiatives Committee assists with the planning of the Chancellor's Forum and engages Faculties and other campus units with expertise in the selected topic.


In light of new guidelines issued by Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health on March 12, 2020, we are postponing the in-person Chancellor's Forum on Artificial Intelligence scheduled for April 1, 2020. We will share information about the possibility of an alternate date as circumstances allow.

Thank you for your understanding and your interest in the Chancellor's Forum.

What does AI mean for me?

What Does Artificial Intelligence Mean For Me?
My Job, My Health, My Family, My Home, and My Community

  • Where are we now in the relationship between human and artificial intelligence? 
  • How will the world continue to change because of AI?
  • How do I adapt?

This Chancellor's Forum will be an opportunity to consider advances in scientific knowledge as well as the social, political and economic possibilities of artificial intelligence.  The conversation will engage leading minds at the University of Alberta and be informed by questions submitted in advance by attendees.

Academic Partners - Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science


The Opioid Crisis: Perspectives on Health and Harm

The crisis dominates headlines with tragic statistics: TWO Albertans die EVERY DAY from an opioid overdose. How did we get here? How do we stop this? Evidence and experience from the frontline show it's time to shift our efforts: how will we address the human and social conditions at the root of this crisis?

Kathryn Dong - Director, Inner City Health and Wellness Program and Addiction Recovery Community Health (ARCH) Team, Royal Alexandra Hospital; Addiction medicine physician, ARCH Team; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta
Elaine Hyshka - Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta; Scientific Director, Inner City Health and Wellness Program, Royal Alexandra Hospital; Co-chair, Minister's Opioid Emergency Response Commission
Donald MacPherson - Executive Director, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition
Mike Serr - Chief of Police, Abbotsford Police Department; Chair, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Drug Advisory Committee
Shanell Twan - Outreach Worker and Community Liaison, Inner City Health and Wellness Program, Royal Alexandra Hospital; Member, Alberta Addicts Who Educate And Advocate Responsibility and Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs

Moderator - Ryan Jesperson, Host, The Ryan Jespersen Show, 630 CHED

Academic Partner School of Public Health

Other PartnersUniversity of Alberta Alumni Association, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University Relations

Sponsor - Royal Alexandra Hosptial Foundation

Watch the 2019 Chancellor's Forum here. 

2018 - Pride or Prejudice? Vriend v. Alberta at 20

Considered one of the 10 most important decisions impacting the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Vriend decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that unanimously held that the lack of protection for discrimination based on sexual orientation in Alberta's human rights legislation was an unconstitutional violation of Charter equality rights.

University of Alberta alumni and faculty, acting on a pro bono basis, played key roles in the Vriend case. The University of Alberta is honoured and celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Vriend decision by launching the inaugural Chancellor's Forum as part of U of A Pride Week 2018.

Madam Justice Sheila Greckol - Alberta Court of Appeal, lead counsel for Delwin Vriend
Justice Julie Lloyd - Provincial Court Judge and co-counsel to Canadian Bar Association (intervenor)
Michael Phair - Chair, University of Alberta Board of Governors, LGBTQ2 champion and former City Councillor
Doug Stollery - Chancellor, University of Alberta, co-counsel for Delwin Vriend
Kristopher Wells - Former iSMSS Faculty Director and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

Moderator - Paula Simons - Former City Columnist for the Edmonton Journal

Academic Partner - Faculty of Law

Watch the 2018 Chancellor Forum here.