This is a very special Homecoming for me, since it occurs shortly after I begin my new role as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Canada’s premier university. It’s a privilege to be the first alumna to fill the position and I eagerly look forward to reconnecting with the members of the McGill community, including my fellow graduates.
I am especially honoured to be returning to my alma mater at a time when McGill has become so prominent on the international stage. By any measure, McGill ranks among the truly great universities of the world and I look forward to sharing my alumni pride with you when I have the chance to introduce myself at an event on Saturday, October 19. I hope you will plan to attend as it will afford me the opportunity to meet many of you in person.
I always credit my McGill education with opening many doors for me. My life was literally transformed by my experiences here as a student and Homecoming 2013 will be a delightful opportunity to engage with people who feel as passionately about McGill as I do.
The loyalty and commitment of McGill graduates are legendary, and this was nowhere more evident than in the incredible success of Campaign McGill – History in the Making. Thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteers and the generosity of more than 96,000 donors around the world, the campaign far exceeded its goal, raising an extraordinary $1.026 billion in support of teaching, research, resources for students, and local and global outreach initiatives.
We have much to celebrate and I hope the material in the brochure will inspire you to join us for Homecoming 2013. There are wonderful activities planned for our alumni and friends, and I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you in October.
With warm regards,
Suzanne Fortier, BSc’72, PhD’76
Principal and Vice-Chancellor