McGill turns 200

March 31, 2021

Dear members of the McGill community,

Today officially marks McGill’s bicentennial anniversary, a momentous milestone that invites our community to reflect on our past, celebrate our achievements and look to the future.

Two hundred years ago today, Lord Dalhousie granted a royal charter on behalf of King George IV of England to establish McGill College. This charter gave the Institution the right to confer university-level degrees, opening an exciting new frontier of learning and discovery. Few institutions will have the opportunity to mark a 200th anniversary. Even fewer can claim the impact on our world that the people of McGill have had throughout generations.

On this special occasion, I invite you to join us today at 12:30 p.m. for Celebrate 200, our one-hour Bicentennial Day event. During a year that has been challenging for many, I hope that you will welcome a break to celebrate McGill’s people, its history and its future, while enjoying some musical performances and interactive challenges.

Prior to Celebrate 200, you are also invited to join us today at 11 a.m. as we kick off our Bicentennial Conference Series with “A Road Map for Greater Food Security and Autonomy.” The speakers for this event include the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, André Lamontagne, and the Chief of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Chantal Line Carpentier. Simultaneous translation will be provided, and you can watch either an English stream or a French stream.

As we reflect on the significance of today’s milestone and on our remarkable history, we also begin to fill the pages of McGill’s next chapter. I cannot wait to see what great feats we will be able to accomplish together, as a community, into our third century.


Suzanne Fortier

Principal and Vice-Chancellor

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