With more than 1,250 members, the United Kingdom is home to the largest and most active alumni branch outside of North America. On March 29, more than 120 of these enthusiastic McGill alumni, parents and friends, gathered at the High Commission of Canada in London for a cocktail reception with some of the University’s senior leaders, including Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum and Vice-Principal (Development and Alumni Relations) Marc Weinstein, BA’85, BCL’91, LLB’91.
The event marked the second stop on McGill’s new Passport to the Future Tour, which is touching down in some of the University’s key alumni regions over the coming months. The tour is an opportunity for alumni and friends to celebrate the achievements of Campaign McGill and to play a constructive role in helping to shape the University’s future.
Cynthia Price, BCom’82, President of the McGill Alumni Association, described the London event as a memorable evening rich with spirited conversation and great company. “It’s amazing how many wonderful memories are invoked when you bring McGill alumni together,” she says.
The event kicked off with a welcome speech from Douglas Scott Proudfoot, MA’96, Minister-Counselor (Political Affairs and Public Diplomacy) at the High Commission of Canada, and was followed by Vice-Principal Weinstein, who provided a brief update of the Campaign and introduced the new McGill 190th anniversary video.
The Hon. Michael Meighen, BA’60, who serves as one of Campaign McGill’s three Co-Chairs, then introduced Professor Munroe-Blum, who spoke passionately about the University’s future opportunities, its commitment to diversity and global citizenship, as well as the importance of philanthropy to the University.
“There was a tremendous turnout,” Price says. “It’s great to see how engaged and passionate our alumni are in the United Kingdom. It’s not only important for the University, but also for the alumni themselves and future McGill students.”
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