Speeches, Publications & Events

A selection of Chancellor Wilson's speeches, publications, and events


  • 2016


  • Chancellor Wilson receives inaugural Rotman Lifetime Achievement Award

    October 13, 2014 The University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management will celebrate the contributions to Canadian business and society of Hon. Michael Wilson, 33rd Chancellor of the University and Rotman Bachelor of Commerce alumnus with a special award this evening. Read U of T News coverage of the event


  • University of Toronto Alumni Association Annual General Meeting

    May 28, 2016 The Hon. Michael Wilson, P.C., C.C., B.Com., LL.D. Chancellor of the University of Toronto Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a great privilege to serve as chancellor of this University, and I’m delighted to join you for today’s celebration. I know you’re all very loyal supporters and proud alumni of the University of Toronto. […]


  • Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research Inaugural Annual Symposium

    May 12, 2016 The Hon. Michael Wilson, P.C., C.C., B.Com., LL.D. Chancellor of the University of Toronto Ladies and gentlemen, the partnership between SickKids, UHN, and U of T has brought together pioneering researchers and clinicians who are pushing the boundaries of science. For U of T, being part of the Ted Rogers Centre for […]


  • MasterCard Foundation Scholars Dinner

    February 8, 2016 The Hon. Michael Wilson, P.C., C.C., B.Com., LL.D. Chancellor of the University of Toronto Good evening, everyone. It is a pleasure to be here and a privilege to welcome the University’s third group of MasterCard Foundation Scholars. I extend a special welcome to Ms Reeta Roy, President and CEO of the MasterCard […]


  • Citizenship Ceremony at Convocation Hall

    February 6, 2016 Chancellor Wilson greets a very new Canadian, at the Citizenship Ceremony held in Convocation Hall on Feb. 6, 2016. The Honourable Michael Wilson, Chancellor of the University of Toronto, took part in a Citizenship Ceremony for almost 500 new Canadians at Convocation Hall. Read U of T News coverage of the event



  • 2015


  • Closing remarks to Convocation

    June 2015 The Hon. Michael Wilson, P.C., C.C., B.Com., LL.D. Chancellor of the University of Toronto Ladies and gentlemen, as Chancellor I would like to conclude today’s proceedings with a few words to our graduates. As you proceed to the next chapter of your lives, I offer the following ingredients for success – things I […]


  • International alumni events – Photo gallery

    Among dozens of events hosted or attended by the Chancellor for alumni and friends of the University of Toronto, over the past year he has spoken at several gatherings abroad, including in London (April 9, 2014), Naples (Florida) (January 29, 2015), Tel Aviv (April 28, 2015), Seoul (April 23, 2015), New York City (May 19, […]


  • Varsity Athletes reception

    Photo credit: Martin Bazel March 27, 2015 The Hon. Michael Wilson, P.C., C.C., B.Com., LL.D. Chancellor of the University of Toronto Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased and honoured to join you this afternoon – members of Governing Council, faculty leaders, senior administrators, and most of all our outstanding Varsity athletes. I too was a […]


  • Chancellor Wilson opens North American Model United Nations conference

    February 19, 2015 The Honourable Michael Wilson, Chancellor of the University of Toronto, was the keynote speaker at the opening of NAMUN 2015, the 30th anniversary conference of the North American Model United Nations. Addressing some 200 delegates from across Canada, the United States, and other countries around the world, Mr. Wilson surveyed pressing, global […]



  • 2014


  • Rotman Commerce: 90 Years of Excellence

    May 28, 2014 The Hon. Michael Wilson, P.C., C.C., B.Com., LL.D. Chancellor of the University of Toronto Thank you, Professor Corts, for that kind introduction, and thank you for inviting me to speak. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m delighted to join you this evening. This is the ultimate homecoming event for me. As Chancellor of U […]


  • Chancellor Wilson honoured by Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians

    May 21, 2014 The Honourable Michael Wilson received a lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians, on May 21, 2014. His long-time friend and business partner, U of T honorary graduate Tony Fell, presented the award, saying the Association’s decision was “a home run”. Read U of T News coverage of the […]


  • The University of Toronto and Mental Health as We Age

    Address to the Annual General Meeting of the University Arts Women’s Club April 17, 2014 The Hon. Michael Wilson, P.C., C.C., B.Com., LL.D. Chancellor of the University of Toronto Thank you, Dr. Rudzik, for that kind introduction. And thank you to Sue Russell for inviting me to speak. It’s an honour to address the University […]


  • BrainStorm: Converging Ideas on Brain Health and the Global Economy

    April 10, 2014 London, UK The Hon. Michael Wilson, P.C., C.C., B.Com., LL.D. Chancellor of the University of Toronto From left: Mats Sundin, Moya Greene, Dean Catharine Whiteside, Chancellor Michael Wilson. Many thanks, Catharine, for that kind introduction. Thank you, Moya, for hosting us this evening. And thanks to everyone who made this event possible. […]


  • Federal government announces major new fund for Canadian research excellence

    February 19, 2014 Michael Wilson, Chancellor of the University of Toronto, hosted a major announcement of the Government of Canada at the Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, on Wednesday, February 19. Greg Rickford, Minister of State, Science and Technology, announced the Canada First Research Excellence Fund – $1.5 billion over the next 10 years […]



  • 2013


  • A Report to the Community, October 2013

    The following is a report on the remarkable progress of the University of Toronto since 2005, under David Naylor’s leadership as president. This report was conceived in a spirit of accountability to all those on whom we depend for our success – our university governors, faculty, staff, students, and alumni; our volunteers and donors; our government partners; taxpayers and the wider community. It is intended, not as an exhaustive summary, but as a concise review of selected highlights in the advancement of our core missions. […]


  • Boundless Campaign milestone celebration

    Ladies and gentlemen, earlier Professor Naylor spoke of “Boundless” as more than an aspiration. There’s another sense in which that’s true at U of T. I was on campus during Orientation Week. Now, I keep busy, and I like to think I’m pretty spry. But the energy and enthusiasm of our students! – “Boundless” is the word that leaps to mind.


  • The Impact of the University of Toronto on the Advancement of Mental Health

    Ladies and gentlemen, fellow alumni of the University of Toronto, I am honoured to speak to you today. I have been asked to speak on a topic close to my heart and of great importance to each of us, our families, our communities, and our society.

    There is a lot to say about the impact of U of T on the advancement of mental health – and a lot to be proud of, as U of T alumni. But before sketching the big picture, I would like to start with a few very local, recent illustrations. […]


  • Chancellor Wilson receives lifetime achievement award

    The Honourable Michael Wilson, Chancellor of the University of Toronto, is the recipient of the Canadian Club of Toronto’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. In presenting the award May 29, Dany Assaf, chair of the club’s awards committee, noted some of Wilson’s most famous accomplishments in his tenure as Canada’s Minister of Finance, and his outstanding volunteer work in the advancement of mental health.


  • Staff retirement reception

    Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be here, to honour your years of service as employees and as members of the University of Toronto community. It is wonderful that so many of you have been able to join us, together with your families and friends, as we celebrate this milestone.



  • 2012


  • Installation Address

    Professor Naylor; Mr. Nunn; distinguished members of the platform party; esteemed representatives of our sister institutions; faculty, staff, and alumni; graduands, family and friends; ladies and gentlemen:

    I would like to thank those who spoke before me here, for their generous words. This is a very exciting opportunity for me to interact with the students, faculty, and alumni of this great university, and to interact also with our sister universities across this province.[…]


  • Installation – Photo gallery

    On November 12, 2012, the Honourable Michael Wilson P.C., C.C., LL.D., was installed as the 33rd Chancellor of the University of Toronto. See photos from the event here.