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The Principal's Forum

Established in 2012, the Principal’s Forum is a public lecture series that takes place on Queen’s campus. It enables the principal to invite distinguished visitors to campus speak on issues of interest to the Queen’s community. As an academic and an educator, Principal Woolf feels strongly about the role that universities play in fostering dialogue and allowing for the exchange of ideas. As such, the Principal’s Forum, which also encompasses the Principal’s Distinguished Visitor Lecture, is free and open to the public.

Past Principal’s Forum speakers include:

Sir Terry Matthews

October 15, 2015
Lecture: “Go Global Fast” – An engaging interactive discussion
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The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

April 1, 2015
Lecture: “Ideas that Matter: Conversations with Ontarians”
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The Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick
Presiding Officer and member of the Scottish Parliament

January 10, 2015
Lecture: “Scotland’s Constitutional Journey”
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Ms. Alison Redford
Former Premier of Alberta

November 26, 2012
The former Premier Alberta spoke to the Queen’s community while she was in office.
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Dr. Dipesh Chakrabarty

March 3, 2014
Lecture: “Beyond Capital: Climate Change and the Problem Scale”


The Rt. Hon. David Johnston
Governor General of Canada

October 13, 2012
The Governor General, a Queen’s alumnus, delivered the inaugural Principal’s Distinguished Visitor lecture at Grant Hall
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[Sir Terry Matthews with Stephen Liss]
Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research), welcoming Sir Terry Matthews who gave a lively discussion at the Principal's Forum on October 15, 2015.
[The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario]
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, spoke as part of the Principal's Forum on April 1, 2015.
[Tricia Marwick photo]
On January 12, 2015, the Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick delivered the Principal's Distinguished Visitor Lecture on "Scotland's Constitutional Journey."
[David Johnston photo]
Principal Daniel Woolf welcomed His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, to campus on October 13, 2012 to deliver the inaugural Principal’s Distinguished Visitor Lecture at Grant Hall.