PRESIDENT & VICE-chancellor

Annette Trimbee

Dr. Annette Trimbee is the sixth president and vice-chancellor of MacEwan University, having previously served as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Winnipeg.

Dr. Trimbee brings to MacEwan a wealth of experience and knowledge as a leader in both the post-secondary and the public sector. As an accomplished academic, Dr. Trimbee holds a PhD (Ecology) from McMaster University, a M.Sc. from the University of Manitoba and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta.

In addition to her time as a postdoctoral student at the University of Alberta, Dr. Trimbee spent over 25 years in Edmonton building a distinguished career with the Government of Alberta. During this period, she held several senior leadership positions, including appointments as deputy minister with Advanced Education and Technology and with Treasury Board and Finance.

Dr. Trimbee currently serves as the chair of the Alberta Post-Secondary Network. She also recently chaired the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, a partnership of universities dedicated to expanding digital content for the academic research and teaching enterprise in Canada. She serves on the board of The Conversation Canada and is a member of the International Red River Board that provides assistance to the International Joint Commission in matters related to the water management along the Canada-U.S. boundary.

Dr. Trimbee has recently been appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Indigenous Teacher Education (NACITE), bringing together First Nations, Inuit and Metis representative experts in the field of teacher education and diverse knowledge experts from across Canada to support and grow the number of Indigenous teachers. In 2022, Dr. Trimbee received the Indspire Award in Education, the highest honour bestowed by the Indigenous community, for her commitment to advancing Indigenous equality in society and in higher education.

Previously, Dr. Trimbee served on the board of Universities Canada, the voice of Canadian universities at home and abroad, chaired USports, which oversees sports at 56 Canadian universities and served on the board of Manitoba Hydro where she shared her knowledge and expertise in water management and energy policy. In 2015, Dr. Trimbee was appointed to Alberta’s royalty review panel, which studied the province’s oil and gas sector with a focus on the royalty rate structure.

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

The President’s Office kicks off the Fall term each year by reflecting on the progress we’ve made as a university community and the future we continue to 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

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