Chancellor's Forum

Thank you to all those who attended the 2018 Chancellor's Forum!

The Chancellor's Forum is a new 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.

Our inaugural Forum was held on Monday, March 19, 2018:

Chancellor's Forum - Venue Change

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.

The 2018 Chancellor’s Forum included a reception and moderated panel discussion that highlighted the role of the University of Alberta community in advancing human rights for the LGBTQ2 community.

Opening Remarks - David Turpin - President, University of Alberta

Randy Boissonnault - Member of Parliament, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues and former University of Alberta Students’ Union President
Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Government of Alberta

Closing Remarks - Paul Paton - Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta

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 - iSMSS Faculty Director and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta

Moderator - Paula Simons - City Columnist for the Edmonton Journal

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