The celebrations in 2015 culminated in the 25th anniversary gala on September 18, 2015. The gala was well-attended by current Fulbright and Killam award recipients and alumni as well as university, government, and community partners. Remarks were given by U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman; Fulbright Canada CEO Dr. Michael Hawes (alum 1999-2000); Senior Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter Boehm; Deputy Director of Academic Exchanges, U.S. State Department Lana Muck (alum 1999-2000); and Vice President Aboriginal Banking for the TD Bank Group Clinton Davis (alum 2000-2001).
The keynote speaker for the evening, Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, is W.A. Macdonald Distinguished Fellow & Adjunct Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and Vancouver Island University Shqwi qwal for Indigenous Dialogue. Fulbright Canada has made indigenous issues a priority and looks forward to continued partnerships with indigenous leaders such as Chief Atleo. As a former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Chief Atleo spoke about the importance of expanding educational opportunities for indigenous youth and other underrepresented populations. His enthusiasm and candor had a great impact on our guests.
The gala guests left excited by seeing how far Fulbright Canada has come in 25 years, and knowing how far we can go.