University of Calgary's 15th Chancellor

Jon Cornish – The University of Calgary’s next chancellor

Dear members,

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Calgary football legend Jon Cornish has been selected by the University of Calgary Senate to serve as the university’s 15th Chancellor.

Members of University of Calgary’s Senate selected Cornish for the position on April 21st, and his four-year term as chair of Senate and most senior volunteer leader will begin on July 1st.

No stranger to the campus sports field, Cornish spent nine seasons with the Calgary Stampeders and led the McMahon Stadium team to two Grey Cup championships. While playing in the CFL, his football achievements were numerous – including three-time Top Canadian Player, Most Outstanding Player, and recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s Top Athlete – all leading to his induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

It is Cornish’s personal commitment to using his voice to foster respect, awareness and inclusion and his passion for community-building that make him an ideal candidate for this volunteer leadership position at the University of Calgary.

Cornish is a co-founder, president and chair of the Calgary Black Chambers – a non-profit that aims to make Calgary the best place to live and work for the BIPOC community.

He has been a champion of LGBTQ2+ community by encouraging sports organizations to ensure all athletes feel safe in playing through the You Can Play Project.

Deeply invested in the Calgary community, Cornish also continues to work with various non-profits and charities including the Alberta Children’s Hospital and The Calgary Foundation.
Every four years, the Chancellor Search Committee is tasked with selecting a new university representative from a strong group of candidates. This prestigious volunteer role embodies the spirit of the university, and how the University of Calgary connects to the greater community.

With Advocacy as one of our four key pillars, the installation of Jon into the Chancellor role will allow the Black community to have a more prominent voice in Calgary than ever before. To have Jon Cornish as the university’s next chancellor, University of Calgary’s first Black Chancellor and the youngest Chancellor in Canadian history is a testament to how far the Calgary Black Chambers has come and will open numerous opportunities in the future.

Jon has made it very clear that, although he is committed to working tirelessly in his new role as Chancellor, he “is not abandoning the Calgary Black Chambers and all it stands for”. With that in mind, Jon will be assuming the role of President Emeritus and the CBC Board will be announcing our new leadership structure in the coming weeks

Thank you for your continued support for the Calgary Black Chambers.