Office of the Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Daniel R. Woolf

Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Daniel R. Woolf

Principal and Vice-Chancellor

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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

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C.,
Chief Justice of Canada

November 20, 2017
Lecture: Throughout her 27 years as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, including 17 as the first female chief justice, Beverley McLachlin weighed in on the most controversial and influential issues of our time, from hate speech to medical assistance in dying to senate reform. The lecture provided a first-hand look at her path to becoming the first female and longest-serving chief justice in Canadian history.

Steve Carlisle
President, GM Canada

November 11, 2016
Lecture: On the importance of innovation in the auto industry; future challenges and opportunities for the next generation of auto engineers.
Read about the visit: A roadmap to the future
Photos: Principal's Forum: GM Canada President Steve Carlisle

Lt.-Col. Jeremy Hansen
Astronaut, Canadian Space Agency

September 23, 2016
Lecture: On his career, the goals and mission of the CSA, and the importance of following big dreams.
Read about the visit: Q&A with Astronaut Jeremy Hansen
Photos: Principal's Forum: Lt.-Col. Jeremy Hansen

Sir Terry Matthews

October 15, 2015
Lecture: “Go Global Fast” – An engaging interactive discussion
Read about the visit: A forum for innovation

The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

April 1, 2015
Lecture: “Ideas that Matter: Conversations with Ontarians”
Read about the visit: Queen's hosts Lieutenant Governor

The Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick
Presiding Officer and member of the Scottish Parliament

January 10, 2015
Lecture: “Scotland’s Constitutional Journey”
Read about the visit: Scotland's Presiding Officer visits Queen's, delivers lecture

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.
Read about the visit: Alberta Premier visits campus

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
Read about the visit: Governor General visits Queen's

[Beverly McLauglin]
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin spoke on Nov. 20, 2017.
[Steve Carlisle]
Steve Carlisle, General Motors Canada President and Managing Director, spoke about challenges and opportunities in the auto industry on Nov. 11, 2016.
[Lt.-Col. Jeremy Hansen]
Lt.-Col. Jeremy Hansen discusses the career path that led him to the Canadian Space Agency and his time as a CF-18 Hornet pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force on Sept. 23, 2016.
[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 Oct. 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 speaking]
On Jan. 12, 2015, the Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick delivered the Principal's Distinguished Visitor Lecture on "Scotland's Constitutional Journey."
[David Johnston in Grant Hall]
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, came to campus on Oct. 13, 2012 to deliver the inaugural Principal’s Distinguished Visitor Lecture.