Alan Shepard in Conversation with The Right Honourable David Johnston
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Zoom Webinar

Join Us - The Right Honourable David Johnston
Presented by the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, the Western community is invited to join Alan Shepard, President & Vice-Chancellor, in conversation with The Right Honourable David Johnston, 28th Governor General of Canada, as they discuss important topics around building relationships and serving our communities as Western sets a course for the University’s bold future. Mr. Johnston will also share anecdotes from his latest book, Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country.

This is a complimentary virtual event that begins at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (find your local time zone). A Zoom link will be emailed to you upon registration.


  • Welcome & Introductions (5 min)
  • Moderated Discussion (35 min)
  • Western Community Q&A (15 min)
About The Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C.
The Right Honourable David Johnston was Canada’s 28th Governor General. During his mandate, he established the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), a registered charity that supports and amplifies the Office of the Governor General in its work to connect, honour and inspire Canadians. Today, he is actively involved as Chair of the RHF Board of Directors. In 2018, he was appointed Colonel to the Royal Canadian Regiment.
Prior to his installation as governor general, Mr. Johnston was a professor of law for 45 years, and served as President of the University of Waterloo for two terms, Principal of McGill University for three terms and Dean at Western Faculty of Law from 1974 to 1979. He was president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and of the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec. He was the first non-U.S. citizen to be elected chair at Harvard University’s Board of Overseers from which he graduated in 1963 magna cum laude and was twice named all-American in hockey and was named to Harvard’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He holds degrees from Harvard, Cambridge and Queen’s and has received more than three dozen honorary degrees or fellowships, including a Doctor of Laws from Western University in 1991. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 books. He was named Companion of the Order of Canada in 1997. He has chaired or served on many provincial and federal task forces and committees, and has served on the boards of more than a dozen public companies. He has been married for 56 years to Sharon and they have 5 daughters and 14 grandchildren.

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