Founder's Day Celebrations

Founder's Day - February 10, 2022

In this McGill Bicentennial year, we’re asking you to help tell the story of Macdonald - where we have been and how we see the Faculty and the Campus evolving in the future.

Illustrator Jordana Globerman will shape your vision into seven panels that will be unveiled on Founder's Day.

Share your vision, complete the Survey

What is your favourite thing about Mac? How do you hope to see Macdonald Campus evolve over the next five years? How do you hope to see Macdonald evolve with the world we seek to impact over the next 50 years and beyond? Click here to complete the Survey in advance of Founder's Day.

Participate in Founder's Day

The on-campus community will have an opportunity to contribute ideas and watch Jordana draw the panels in the Foyer of the Macdonald-Stewart Building between 8h20 and 12h15 on Thursday, February 10th.

The official Founder's Day ceremony, which will recognize the outstanding contributions of Macdonald staff and students, and the unveiling of the installation will take place at 13h30.

The Day's events may be viewed online.

Founder’s Day Ceremony 2022 - Order of Proceedings:

13:30 Opening

13:45 Introduction to Founder’s Day, Founder’s Day Committee, and the Macdonald Stewart Foundation

13:50 Sharing of Illustrated Panels, Description of Content, and Artist Introduction

14:00 Dean’s Remarks

14:10 Presentation of Macdonald Award of Excellence for Administrative and Support Staff

14:20 Congratulations to Gold Key Recipients

14:25 Closing and Thanks


Founder’s Day is our annual celebration of the life and generosity of our benefactor, Sir William Christopher Macdonald. Sir William was a great industrialist and one of our country’s leading philanthropists. His greatest cause was education and his generosity toward McGill was boundless. He was one of McGill University's greatest benefactors, the fourth Chancellor of the University (1914-1917) and was dedicated to improving the quality of life in Quebec’s rural communities and training rural leaders to meet the future needs of a nation.

In 1907 Sir William founded Macdonald College as the School of Agriculture, the School of Household Science and the School for Teachers. Significant changes have taken place since the College’s founding and the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has developed into a world leader addressing global needs in the fields of food, nutrition and health, agriculture, biodiversity, applied biosciences, climate change and the environment.

The event is held on the Thursday closest to the anniversary of his birth - February 10, 1831. Founder’s Day festivities are an occasion to celebrate our history, our strengths and our promise for the future. The day’s activities are framed around the College’s Motto, Mastery for Service. Historical records describe Mastery for Service as “First, the complete Mastery of the Self for Service, as, the Mastery of the Mental processes; the Mastery of the Powers of the body, the Mastery of the Passions; the Mastery of the emotions—and second, the Mastery of the world for Service, as the service in any sphere in which one finds life."

Photos from events are available on our Flickr page.

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