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Edinburgh celebrates Canadian connections

Toronto will host a series of events for alumni during Edinburgh’s General Council meeting in June.

Photo of Canadian flags in Yonge Street, Toronto

A constitutional debate, honorary graduation ceremonies, a gala dinner and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Edinburgh and the University of Toronto complete the programme.

Events will run from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 June.

Programme of events

We've planned a variety of exciting events at inspiring venues to allow graduates and friends the opportunity to celebrate and reconnect.

Programme of events

North American links

Graduates and friends of Edinburgh from across the world will participate in an array of activity that showcases the work of the University and celebrates its links with North America.

A constitutional lecture and panel discussion titled ‘Lessons for and from Canada’ will be chaired by Professor Charlie Jeffery, Vice-Principal of Public Policy and Impact at Edinburgh, and Toronto’s Professor David Cameron, a political scientist and expert on Quebec nationalism.

Honorary degrees

Four prominent Canadians will be awarded with honorary degrees from Edinburgh.

The recipients are Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood; General John De Chastelain, a key figure in the Northern Ireland peace process; Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada; and Garrett Herman, successful Canadian Investment banker.

They will join the impressive list of academics, business leaders and politicians to be honoured by the University of Edinburgh.

First Canadian visit

Ties between Edinburgh and Toronto will be strengthened by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by Principal Sir Timothy O’Shea and University of Toronto President, Professor Meric Gertler.

The General Council Meeting and associated events underline Edinburgh’s commitment to North America. This will be further strengthened when the latest addition to the University’s Global Office Network opens in New York in October this year.

The General Council has held a half-yearly international meeting every alternate year for the last eight years. This is the first time the General Council has visited Canada. Previous locations include London, Paris, Washington DC, Hong Kong and Berlin.

The University of Edinburgh has very strong ties with Canada and with the University of Toronto. I am delighted that we are able to celebrate these links by holding the General Council meeting in Toronto and recognising the achievements of these four prestigious Honorary Graduates. Our North American links will be further strengthened with the opening of our New York office later this year, re-enforcing our commitment to attracting the very best staff and students from across the continent.

Professor Sir Timothy O'SheaUniversity of Edinburgh Principal

Related Links

Details of all events in Toronto

The University of Edinburgh General Council