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Current Affairs and Commentary

As the leader of a public institution, President MacLatchy adds her voice to the conversation surrounding contemporary issues and events.


Celebrating International Day of the Girl in the era of COVID-19

Oct. 9, 2020

Dr. MacLatchy reflects on how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women and girls and celebrates Laurier's work in elevating the voices of young women.

A fall unlike any other: Building a thriving community while physically apart

Sept. 3, 2020

President Deb MacLatchy shares her thoughts on building a thriving community in the time of COVID-19.

Racism and Violence: A message of support for the Laurier community

June 1, 2020

President MacLatchy shares a message of support for the Laurier community in the wake of racial violence and subsequent protests in the United States in Canada.

Update on planning for the Fall term

April 8, 2020

President MacLatchy provides an update on the planning taking place to ensure a successful Fall term.

We'll get through this, together

March 19, 2020

President MacLatchy shares a video message of encouragement with the Laurier community.

Many thanks to a great community

March 17, 2020

President MacLatchy recognizes the contribution of the Laurier community and its partners during the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

President MacLatchy's statement on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752

Jan. 8, 2020

The Laurier community offers its sincere condolences to the friends and families of those who were lost in the crash of UIL Flight 752. This tragedy has been particularly difficult for the Canadian universities who lost members of their communities.

New year, new pathways to success

Jan. 8, 2020

President MacLatchy's article in The Cord outlines the newest student support initiatives available at Laurier.



Government of Ontario's tuition reduction announcement

Jan. 17, 2019

The Government of Ontario has announced changes that will impact post-secondary students, and universities and colleges, across the province.



We must encourage young women to defy normal 

Oct. 10, 2018

President MacLatchy's statement of support for the International Day of the Girl.

Message from President MacLatchy regarding Milton

April 19, 2018

An update on the plan to expand Laurier into the Town of Milton.

Message from President MacLatchy regarding the Statement on Freedom of Expression

May 30, 2018

President MacLatchy announces the Senate has approved the Statement on Freedom of Expression.

Message re: controversial speaker at Laurier

March 20, 2018

A statement regarding the campus event featuring speaker, Faith Goldy.

A university education should be accessible for all

February 4, 2018

President MacLatchy moderated a panel on Innovations to Improve Student Access and Success.

External Community Events

Speeches and remarks from President MacLatchy from events and ceremonies held in our host communities and beyond.


Third Annual International Women's Day Luncheon

Mar. 5, 2020

The topic of discussion was "Women Building Thriving Communities: Food, Nutrition, and Sustainable Practice".

Laurier's Milton Campus Will Be STEAM-Powered

Feb. 28, 2020

President MacLatchy shares her vision for Laurier's Milton campus at the Annual Mayor's Breakfast.



Waterloo Regional Police Service Badge Ceremony

Dec. 12, 2019

President MacLatchy welcomes Class #101 to Lazaridis Hall to celebrate their official induction into the Waterloo Regional Police Service.

Elevating Laurier Leaders: Self-Care

Nov. 26, 2019

President MacLatchy welcomes guest speaker Sarah Syrett, MSW '13 to lead her workshop on self-care techniques.

Recognizing the ELI

Nov. 7, 2019

President MacLatchy recognizes the ambitious work of the Educator and Leadership Institute.

New Donor Event Featuring Dr. Darrell Bricker

Sept. 24

A celebration of recent donors to Laurier featuring political analysis on the federal election by the president of Ipsos Public Affairs, Dr. Darrell Bricker.

Party Like It's 1999

Sept. 21

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Laurier's presence in Brantford.

President's Town Hall Address

Sept. 13, 2019

President MacLatchy delivers here annual Town Hall address to the Laurier community.

Elevating Laurier Leaders: Entrepreneurship

June 25, 2019

President MacLatchy introduces a panel of Laurier alumni who speak about how entrepreneurship can empower women to succeed.

Milton Farmer's Market

June 8, 2019

President MacLatchy addresses the vendors and patron's of Milton's Famer's Market to build awareness of Laurier's plans to expand into the Milton community.

Elevating Laurier Leaders: Imposter Syndrome

May 23, 2019

President MacLatchy introduces a panel of Laurier alumni who discuss the phenomenon of feeling ill-equipped or underqualified when success is achieved.

Elevating Laurier Leaders: Mindfulness

May 13, 2019

President MacLatchy introduces a workshop delivered by Nina Purewal, author of Let That Sh*t Go.

Advancing women in STEAM requires data-based policy and intentional mentorship

March 8, 2019

Read an excerpt from President MacLatchy's keynote address at the Laurier-International Womens' Forum luncheon Advancing Women in STEAM in honour of International Womens' Day.

International Womens' Day 2019

March 8, 2019

President MacLatchy delivers the keynote address at the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce for International Womens' Day.



Alumni are spreading the spirit in Western Canada

July 4, 2018

President MacLatchy reflects on the connections she made with Laurier alumni in Western Canada.

Internal Community Events

Speeches and remarks from President MacLatchy from academic, research, ceremonial and other internal events at Laurier.


Staff Development Day 2020

Aug. 10, 2020

President MacLatchy brings greetings to the 10th Annual Staff Development Day opening event.

Scotiabank Gift Announcement for UXD Program

Jan. 21, 2020

President MacLatchy acknowledges the tremendous impact that Scotiabank's investment will have in the lives of our User Experience Design program students.



Annual Retirees' Dinner

Dec. 9, 2019

President MacLatchy welcomes the newest members of the Wilfrid Laurier University Retirees' Association and celebrates the end of a remarkable year at Laurier at the Annual Retirees' Dinner.

Lazaridis Institute's Grand Opening

Nov. 5, 2019

The Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises official opened it new office in downtown Kitchener on Nov. 5 and President MacLatchy delivered greetings on behalf of the university.

Fall 2019 Convocation Address: Brantford

Oct. 29, 2019

President MacLatchy's address to the Class of 2019.

"Writing Canada" with Dave Bidini

Oct. 28, 2019

Noted Canadian author and musician Dave Bidini was the 2019 Laurier Visiting Writer. President MacLatchy welcomed him to his first engagement, a public lecture on 'Writing Canada'.

Fall 2019 Convocation Address: Waterloo

Oct. 25 and 26, 2019

President MacLatchy's address to the Class of 2019.

Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Announcement

Aug. 22, 2019

President MacLatchy celebrates the federal government's Women Entrepreneurship Strategy.

Staff Development Day 2019

June 19, 2019

The 9th annual Staff Development Day at Laurier focused on inspiring Laurier staff to have the courage to take risks and develop new resilience to navigate challenges.

Celebrating Philanthropy

May 21, 2019

President MacLatchy celebrates the generosity of Laurier's donor community.

Making Space for Music

May 14, 2019

The official kick-off the Making Space for Music fundraising campaign.

Outstanding Women of Laurier

March 28, 2019

Celebrating this year's OWL winners who have demonstrated a commitment to athletics, academics and leadership in our community.

Strategic Investment Fund Celebration

March 11, 2019

President MacLatchy joins other Laurier leaders in recognizing the results of the federal government's Strategic Investment Fund.



Fall 2018 convocation address

Nov. 5, 2018

President MacLatchy's convocation address to the Class of 2018.

Spring 2018 convocation address

June 15, 2018

Celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2018.

Celebrating Laurier's outstanding women

April 2, 2018

Highlights from the Outstanding Women of Laurier event.

Spreading the Laurier spirit

Feb. 7, 2018

President's MacLatchy's reflections on Laurier Cares Week.



Installation speech

Oct. 27, 2017

President MacLatchy's installation address.

Recognition and Acknowledgements

President MacLatchy recognizes and pays tribute to the groups and individuals who help make Laurier an outstanding institution of higher education.


UNESCO Chair in Food, Biodiversity, and Sustainability Studies

Jan. 28, 2020

President MacLatchy recognizes the research contributions of Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer as she is named the UNESCO Chair in Food, Biodiversity, and Sustainability Studies.



Edna Staebler Award 2019

Nov. 7, 2019

Kate Harris, author of Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road is the winner of the 2019 Edna Staebler Award.

Tribute to Leanne Holland-Brown

Oct. 23, 2019

The Laurier community gathered on Oct. 23 to pay tribute to former Dean of Students, Leanne Holland-Brown.

Golden Hawks Hall of Fame Dinner

Sept. 27, 2019

An annual dinner celebrating the athleticism, sportsmanship, leadership and character of the Laurier Golden Hawks.

Farewell to Rob Gordon

July 4, 2019

Provost and Vice-President Rob Gordon has been named the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Windsor. The Laurier community came together to celebrate his contributions to the university before he left for his new appointment.

Teaching Awards 2019

May 31, 2019

President MacLatchy acknowledges the dedication to excellence of this year's teaching award recipients.

Laurier mourns passing of beloved colleague

April 25, 2019

It is with deep sorrow that I share the news that our dear colleague Leanne Holland Brown, dean of students for the Waterloo campus, passed away Wednesday evening as the result of a traffic accident earlier in the afternoon.

A new year is a time for setting goals

Jan. 4, 2019

At Laurier, this January is particularly notable as we launch the consultation phase of our strategic planning process



President MacLatchy's tips for a successful school year

Sept. 3, 2018

Marking the return of the school year with some helpful tips from President MacLatchy.

Alumni Awards of Excellence is a reminder of Laurier's influence


Recognizing the achievements of Laurier's outstanding alumni community.


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