Friday September 20, 2013 – 7 p.m.
Coast Edmonton East, 2100 Premier Way, Sherwood Park
The official Installation of the Honourable Allan Wachowich, Q.C., Hon. LL.D. – Concordia's First Chancellor.
The Chancellor is the titular head of the university. The Chancellor confers all degrees, presides over the Convocation ceremonies, and is a member of the Board of Governors. The Chancellor represents the public interest in Concordia University College of Alberta. Where possible, the Chancellor accepts invitations to speak or attend functions on behalf of Concordia.
The Chancellor can be contacted through the Office of the University Secretary.
The Honourable Allan Wachowich, Q.C., Hon. LL.D. is Concordia University College’s first official serving chancellor as chosen and appointed by the Board of Governors of the university. Acting as a voting member of the Board, he represents the public interest of the university, and presides over the annual convocation and conferring of all degrees.
Born the seventh child to Polish immigrants, His Honour spent the first decade of his life living in rural Opal, Alberta and moved to Edmonton in 1944. “The motivation of my parents coming to Canada was to ensure that their children and grandchildren received an education,” he explains.
After graduating from St. Joseph’s High School, where he played for the basketball team and served as class president, Wachowich completed his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Alberta.
He was first admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1959, appointed a Judge of the District Court of Alberta in 1974, before becoming Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in 1979. His Honour acted as Alberta’s Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench, starting in 2000 and tendered his resignation officially on October 1, 2009. Most recently, he received an honourary doctorate degree (LL.D.), from the University of Alberta in 2012.
Throughout his judicial career, Wachowich dealt with most areas of law and received multiple recognitions for his pro bono work. His numerous charity and community involvements include acting as Director for the Task Force on Community Safety, Arbitrator for the Canadian Football League and Chair of the Singer Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The Honourable Allan Wachowich currently lives in Edmonton, with his wife Elizabeth. He is a proud father of four and grandfather of eight.