U of G Chancellor Appointed to Senate

December 22, 2008 - News Release

Pamela Wallin, chancellor of the University of Guelph, has been named to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Wallin's appointment was one of 18 announced today.

Wallin, one of the country's most accomplished and esteemed journalists, diplomats and entrepreneurs, has served as U of G's chancellor since June of 2007.

"We are delighted and proud that Pamela Wallin has been named to this prestigious position," said U of G president Alastair Summerlee. "Her leadership is recognized locally, nationally and internationally, and she has all of the qualities required to be an outstanding senator."

He added that the University and Wallin will discuss soon what impact, if any, the appointment will have on her role as chancellor.

Wallin’s career has spanned more than 30 years and several continents, including numerous positions at CBC and CTV. She is currently senior adviser to the president of the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas in New York. She recently completed a four-year term as consul general of Canada in New York, having been appointed to the prestigious position in 2002. She also serves on the boards of many Canadian corporations, including CTVglobemedia.

She holds an honours degree in psychology and political science from the University of Regina. She has received 13 honorary degrees, including an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Guelph in 2006. She has also written three books, including Since You Asked, a best-selling memoir.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338/lhunt@uoguelph.ca, or Barry Gunn, Ext. 56982/bagunn@uoguelph.ca

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