Acadia's Libby Burnham among visionaries selected for Charlottetown conference

Wendy Elliott
Published on April 13, 2014

Acadia University Chancellor Libby Burnham

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Acadia University chancellor Libby Burnham has been selected as one of 23 Canadian leaders who are women  as part of the “A Bold Vision” initiative in Charlottetown aiming to create a vision for Canada.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, where the Fathers of Confederation came together to discuss a vision that led to the creation of Canada. A Bold Vision is a national project launched to select 23 women to come together in honour of the historic event and create their vision for the next 150 years.

Burnham is a Toronto-based lawyer who graduated from Acadia more than 50 years ago. She became the first female chancellor in 2011.

The 23 selected women from across the country include recipients of the Order of Canada, recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, PHDs., authors, a spoken word artist, a rocket scientist, a former Prime Minister, a former premier and a student.

Yarmouth's Irene d'Entremont is also among those selected.

Last November, A Bold Vision began its search for Canadian female visionaries with an open nominations process encouraging all Canadians to submit names. The response was extensive with nominations received from every province and territory in the country representing a wide range of women from diverse backgrounds.

The 23 visionaries will each craft their own vision for Canada that will be captured in a unique written anthology available for sale upon its completion.  As well, the visionaries will collaborate on a joint vision that will be shared with the public at the Confederation Center of the Arts.

The visionaries will also be presenters and participants at the A Bold Vision Leadership Conference taking place Sept. 24 to 26 in Prince Edward Island. More than 150 women from across Canada will join the visionaries and take part in a unique leadership learning experience – learning both from and with other women leaders about creating and achieving their own visions.

This national project was brought together by a coalition of women’s organizations.