his excellency

his excellency

MAGIC Panel - Canadian Governor General David Johnston

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On Thursday, May 26, Miami Dade College welcomed His Excellency the Right Honorable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at the Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. His Excellency met with MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, among other leaders, spoke with students and toured the campus. His Excellency’s visit highlighted Canada’s strengths and priorities in innovation and technology, as well as facilitated a discussion of key issues and collaborative opportunities between Canadian and U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs. In addition, he toured the college’s acclaimed Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC), which recently partnered with Canada’s Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. His Excellency was sworn in as Canada’s 28th Governor General on October 1, 2010. His professional career began in 1966 as assistant professor in the Queen’s University law faculty. He moved on to the University of Toronto’s law faculty in 1968, and became dean of Western University’s law faculty in 1974. He was named principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University in 1979, serving for fifteen years before returning to teaching as a full-time professor in the McGill Faculty of Law. In June 1999, he became the fifth president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo, serving until 2010 when he was asked to serve as Canada’s governor general. Throughout his career, His Excellency has served on numerous provincial and federal task forces and committees, as well as on the boards of a number of public companies. He was president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (now Universities Canada) and of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec. He was also the founding chair of the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, and he chaired the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, the federal government’s Information Highway Advisory Council and was the first non-American to chair Harvard’s Board of Overseers. His Excellency is the author or co-author of more than 25 books, including new editions, and he holds honorary doctorates from more than 25 universities and learning institutions in Canada, China and India. He was invested as an officer of the Order of Canada in 1988 and promoted to companion, the Order’s highest level, in 1997.