PRESIDENT & VICE-chancellor

Annette Trimbee

Dr. Annette Trimbee is the sixth president and vice-chancellor of MacEwan University. Prior to joining MacEwan in 2020, Dr. Trimbee served as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Winnipeg.

Under Dr. Trimbee’s leadership, MacEwan has developed and is implementing a bold and creative strategic vision, Teaching Greatness: Strategic Vision 2030. Rooted in MacEwan’s unique place in Edmonton’s downtown, Teaching Greatness charts a path for growth to 30,000 students by 2030 by building on MacEwan’s strengths as an exceptional urban undergraduate university.

President Trimbee’s professional journey has taken her from the water’s edge to the city’s core, and she brings to MacEwan a wealth of experience and knowledge as a leader in both the post-secondary and the public sectors.

After beginning her career as an aquatic biologist, Dr. Trimbee embarked on a distinguished, 25-year career with the Government of Alberta where she held several senior leadership positions, including deputy minister with Advanced Education and Technology and with Treasury Board and Finance.

In 2022, Dr. Trimbee received the Indspire Award in Education, the highest honour bestowed by the Indigenous community, for her commitment to advancing Indigenization and reconciliation in higher education.

Dr. Trimbee believes strongly in ensuring MacEwan is connected to its many communities and external networks. To that end, Dr Trimbee serves on the boards of Edmonton Global, World Universities Service Canada (WUSC), The Conversation Canada and the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF).

Previous appointments include serving on the board of Universities Canada, as chair of USports, and as chair of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network. In 2015, Dr. Trimbee served on Alberta’s royalty review panel.

An accomplished academic, Dr. Trimbee holds a PhD (Ecology) from McMaster University, a M.Sc. from the University of Manitoba, a B.Sc. from the University of Winnipeg and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta.

Teaching Greatness: Strategic Vision 2030

MacEwan University’s new strategic framework, Teaching Greatness: Strategic Vision 2030, incorporates concepts of motion and change and embodies MacEwan’s history.

The new vision is bold and aspirational, and it is about redoubling our emphasis on exceptional undergraduate teaching.

more about STRATEGIC VISION 2030

State of the University Address

Each year, President Trimbee begins the Fall Term by reflecting on the progress made by the MacEwan community and the future we create together.

State of the University 2023 Remarks Script

State of the University 2023 PowerPoint Presentation

President’s columns

Presidential installation

Dr. Annette Trimbee was installed as MacEwan’s sixth president and vice-chancellor in a ceremony on November 6, 2020.

Installation Ceremony Program

Read a transcript of the installation address

Watch the live stream of the ceremony

Office of the President contacts