Strong and free: Setting the tone for tough conversations
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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