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Chancellor Installation Ceremony

Dr. Anthony Fields will be installed as MacEwan's inaugural chancellor in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on July 12, 2021. 


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About the Chancellor

Dr. Anthony Fields is the inaugural Chancellor of MacEwan University.

Born and raised in Barbados, Dr. Fields emigrated to Canada after studying natural sciences at the University of Cambridge. He graduated from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine in 1974 and completed his postgraduate training in internal medicine and medical oncology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Fields has had a long and distinguished career in medicine as a physician, teacher, researcher and administrator. Most recently, he was a professor of oncology at the University of Alberta and vice-president of cancer care for Alberta Health Services before retiring in 2011.

While the impact of Dr. Fields’s work extends beyond the province, across the country and around the world, he has always been committed to supporting care where people live. During his tenure with the Cross Cancer Institute, the Alberta Cancer Board and later Alberta Health Services, he led the development of the Community Cancer Network, enabling patients to receive chemotherapy treatment closer to home through a network of 11 community cancer centres. 

Over the years, Dr. Fields has held many provincial and national voluntary and professional roles and has been recognized with several awards for his extensive work. In Alberta’s centennial year, he was named one of Alberta’s 100 Physicians of the Century, and in 2012, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.

Chancellor nomination and election process

The current chancellor will complete their term on June 30, 2025.

The chancellor is a volunteer who acts as the university’s ceremonial head and represents the public interests. MacEwan’s chancellor will work closely with university leadership to increase the institution’s profile and realize its vision.

While the chancellor has several official responsibilities, including presiding over all of the university’s credential-conferring ceremonies, a critical part of the role involves creating connections and relationships that support the institution’s strategic and philanthropic goals.

We like to think of this person as a friend, ambassador and sponsor—someone who shares our values and believes in our future.

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Selection process

Nominations for the first Chancellor of MacEwan University are now closed.

MacEwan University’s Chancellor Joint Committee will review all nominations, compile a shortlist and extend meeting invitations to select candidates. The Board of Governors will then name a chancellor-elect.

Represent the university

In consultation with the president and vice-chancellor, and board chair, the chancellor may represent the university at events and ceremonial occasions, including alumni and development activities.

Serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Governors

The chancellor will serve as a member of the Grant MacEwan University Board of Governors and participate in board meetings.

Preside at convocation ceremonies

The chancellor presides over all of the university's credential-conferring ceremonies and confers all degrees, diplomas and certificates, including honorary degrees and other awards.

MacEwan University’s first chancellor will be an extraordinary community leader and champion dedicated to further advancing MacEwan’s position as Edmonton's downtown university. A candidate for the role of chancellor must embody the following characteristics:

Committed to higher education

A community member who is passionate about and committed to public post-secondary undergraduate education. An understanding of and connection to MacEwan is an asset.

Collaborative leader

An inspiring leader who will use their political acumen, strong communication skills and ability to cultivate meaningful connections while engaging with the many diverse groups of people and organizations that MacEwan partners with and serves.

Strong values

An engaged and philanthropic individual whose values align with the university’s commitment to the pursuit of knowledge, appreciation of the transformative power of education and dedication to creating a positive culture that promotes inclusion.


A forward-looking leader whose entrepreneurial spirit will help define this new role.

The chancellor is a non-remunerated volunteer position with an average commitment of 25 days per year, most of which will occur from September to June.

  • Each chancellor serves for a period of four years and is not eligible for reappointment.
  • Candidates must be Canadian citizens or lawfully admitted to Canada for permanent residence.
  • As an ex-officio member of the Board of Governors, the successful candidate will be asked to disclose any conflicts of interest or conflicts of commitment.

Submit a nomination 

Nominations for the first Chancellor of MacEwan University are now closed. 

Completed nomination packages would include:

  1. Letter of interest from the candidate.
  2. Biographical summary and/or resumé, including educational background, career summary, accomplishments, and community leadership and volunteer experiences.
  3. Two letters of support that illustrate the suitability of the nominee, the extent to which they meet the criteria in the attributes section, the roles in which they excel, qualities that make them inspirational and accomplishments outside their profession. Please include contact information for potential follow up.
  4. Nominee consent form (digital or hard copy).

All materials will be kept confidential. 

Submit by mail or email

The nominee consent form is available for reference only.

Submit by email to: chancellor@macewan.ca


Submit by mail to:

Chair, Chancellor Joint Committee
c/o Office of University Governance
MacEwan University
6-213F, 10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2


For additional information or assistance, please contact chancellor@macewan.ca.