Office of the President

Portrait of MacEwan University President Deborah Saucier

The energy of Edmonton's downtown university shines through in its people—people who are focused on making transformational change in the many communities of which we are a part and we serve.” –Dr. Deborah Saucier, President

About Dr. Deborah Saucier

Dr. Deborah Saucier became the fifth president of MacEwan University on July 1, 2017. An accomplished academic and successful university administrator, she is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion—and truly believes that education has the power to transform lives.

Deborah is strongly committed to maintaining the university’s student focus, implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and exploring what it really means to be Edmonton’s downtown university.

Deborah was previously the provost and vice-president, academic at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario, where she was also the former dean of science.

Before joining UOIT in 2011, she was the chair of the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge and a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in behavioural neuroscience, with a specialty in spatial cognition.

Originally from Saskatoon, Deborah is a member of the Central Urban Métis Federation. She and her husband Chai Duncan, a curator and contemporary artist, have a nine-year-old daughter who is the light of their lives.

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Changes ahead 

MacEwan is now an undergraduate university under the Post-secondary Learning Act, legislation that passed on December 11 and will take effect on February 1. That might leave you asking, ‘But weren’t we already?’ The answer is yes – and no.

New beginnings

The excitement of a new academic year is something I’ve always enjoyed. It’s an optimistic time of such promise – fresh starts, new beginnings and endless possibilities.

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Leading the way

Meet MacEwan President Deborah Saucier and hear what she has to say about life/work balance, the positive energy at MacEwan and our role as a downtown university.

Office of the President

Veronica Izsak
780-497-5111 |

Marg Leathem
780-497-5406 |

Sumiko Yip
780-633-3166 |