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Installation ceremony - October 22, 2019 Installation ceremony - October 22, 2019

Installation of Western’s Chancellor and President & Vice-Chancellor

On October 22, 2019, we celebrated a unique and exciting moment in Western’s history. The simultaneous installation of both Linda Hasenfratz, as Western’s Twenty-third Chancellor and Alan Shepard, as Western’s Eleventh President.

First dual ceremony welcomes Shepard, Hasenfratz, From Western News

An Eagle Staff and a song sung on a Big Drum lead the academic procession at the installation ceremony. Thank you to elders Dan and Mary Lou Smoke, and Eagle Flight Singers.

Eagle staff
Dan and Marylou Smoke

"It’s people. People with great ideas, who are great leaders, are an important part of achieving a vision and a goal. It builds a culture. That kind of team, that kind of culture, is what Western has. I’m thrilled to be part of it."

- Linda Hasenfratz

Linda Hasenfratz accepting the ceremonial mace
Linda Hasenfratz

Hasenfratz brings fire to Chancellor role
From Western News

Linda Hasenfratz built her career by paying her dues. As the daughter of Linamar Corporation founder Frank Hasenfratz, LLD’16, she was eager to begin her working life at the family business, one of the world’s most successful manufacturing companies.

Hasenfratz: Love finding ways to connect
From Western News

Chancellor Linda Hasenfratz' speech from October 22, 2019.

Alan Shepard giving a speech
Linda Hasenfratz

Find a Way
From the Western Alumni Gazette

Western’s President & Vice-Chancellor talks to the Western Alumni Gazette about the power of education and the challenges and opportunities facing universities.

Shepard: Meet challenges of future together
From Western News

President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shepard's speech from October 22, 2019.

"Every day I come to work I think how powerful universities are in terms of the transformational impact they can have, not only for the students here today, but for their children and grandchildren. Education can change the trajectory for an entire family for generations to come. It builds people and it builds the country."

- Alan Shepard

Linda Hasenfratz

Linda Hasenfratz

Noted Canadian industrialist and philanthropist Linda Hasenfratz was named Western University’s 23rd Chancellor on May 23, 2019 and officially began her four-year term on July 1.

As CEO of Linamar Corporation, one of the world’s most successful manufacturing companies, Linda brings a wealth of international experience and a dynamic, energetic leadership to Western.

A Western graduate, Linda, BSc’89, MBA’97, became head of Linamar in 2002, after working at the company for 12 years, starting as a machine operator. Her father founded the business in 1964 from the basement of the family home. Today, under her leadership, Linamar employs more than 29,000 people at 60 manufacturing facilities in 17 countries around the world.

Linda is a member of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and worked as part of a group of executives from Canada, the United States and Mexico to advise on key recommendations regarding enhancement of the NAFTA. She has been widely recognized for contributions to Canadian business and for her commitments to the community.

She and her husband, Ed Newton, are long-time advocates for encouraging women to pursue careers aligned with her professional fields. They, along with Linamar and its founder Frank Hasenfratz, established the Linamar Scholarships for Women in Engineering and Business at Western in 2017. The scholarships support up to 10 female students annually in the Faculty of Engineering/Ivey Business School dual-degree program.

Alan Shepard

Alan Shepard

Professor Alan Shepard was named Western University’s 11th President & Vice-Chancellor on November 29, 2018. He arrived at Western in July 2019 after serving as President & Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University in Montreal.

Prior to Concordia, Alan was Provost and Vice-President (Academic) of Ryerson University in Toronto. He has also held senior academic leadership roles at the University of Guelph, Texas Christian University, and the University of Virginia.

American-born, Alan was the first of his family to attend university when he enrolled in St. Olaf College in Minnesota. At the end of first year he realised academia was the life he wanted. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate, he earned a PhD in English from the University of Virginia, and his scholarship has since been supported by the University of Toronto and the Folger Library in Washington. He is author or editor of three books and many articles focused on the culture of early modern England, early modern literature and science, modern theatre, the future of innovation and the future of universities.

Beyond his university leadership roles, Alan is also actively involved in the community. He has served as a volunteer for organizations including Universities Canada, Stratford Festival of Canada, and the Montreal Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Alan is a member of the Board of Directors of the London Economic Development Corporation and he is Chair of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.