Maude Barlow named Chancellor of Brescia

Photo of Maude Barlow by Michelle Valberg.

Activist and author Maude Barlow has been named the third Chancellor of Brescia University College.

Brescia announced on Tuesday that Barlow will serve a three-year term in the honorary position. According to a statement from Brescia, Barlow will act “as an ambassador for Brescia and an inspirational leader for the Brescia community.” She will also preside over Brescia’s graduation ceremonies and support the school’s efforts in educating women leaders of the future.

“Maude’s accomplished career and unwavering commitment to social justice initiatives to improve the lives of others qualifies her as an ideal role model for Brescia’s students,” said Karen McKay, board chair of Brescia University College in a statement released Tuesday. “We are thrilled she has accepted the Chancellorship and welcome her as a valued member of the Brescia community.”

In addition to her writings, Barlow is also well known for her work in protecting Canada’s water. She is the Honourary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which supports the case for access to clean water as a human right. She is also Chair of the Board of the Washington-based organization Food & Water Watch, and served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 and 2009.

“Maude’s commitment to activism and dedication to women’s leadership initiatives are especially aligned with the values of Brescia’s foundresses, the Ursuline Sisters,” Brescia Principal Dr. Susan Mumm said. “Maude leads with wisdom, justice and compassion, inspiring others to respond to critical issues facing the world today. As Brescia embarks on our next century, we know Maude’s influence will help us continue to empower young women leaders.”

Brescia also announced Tuesday that Barlow will be the keynote speaker at the annual Dr. Hanycz Leadership Lecture on Thursday, March 5.