Gretta Chambers

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Gretta Chambers
16th Chancellor of McGill University
In office
Personal details
Born ( 1927-01-15) January 15, 1927 (age 89)
Awards Order of Canada
National Order of Quebec

Gretta Chambers, CC OQ (born January 15, 1927) is a Canadian journalist and former Chancellor of McGill University.

Life and career[edit]

She received a B.A. in political sciences from McGill University in 1947. She has worked in radio and television and has written for several newspapers and magazines. From 1966 until 1980, she was the host of the weekly CBC radio show called The Province in Print. From 1977 to 2002, she had a weekly column in the Montreal Gazette.

Since its inception in 1991, she has been involved with the Montreal Consortium for Human Rights Advocacy Training (MCHRAT) at McGill University. When a MCHRAT project, the McGill Middle East Program (MMEP), took off in 1997, Chambers became a Co-Chair of its Executive and Management Committees. Committed to public service and human rights, Chambers continues to hold her position as MMEP Co-Chair.

She was Chancellor of McGill University from 1991 to 1999, the first woman to serve in this position. In 2003, Martin Cauchon, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, appointed her to the Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission, effective until August 31, 2007.

Her brother is McGill University philosopher Charles Taylor.[1] Her late husband was Egan Chambers, former Canadian member of parliament.

Honours and awards[edit]

In 1993, she was named an Officer of the National Order of Quebec. In 1994, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada, and she was promoted to Companion in 2000.


Academic offices
Preceded by
A. Jean de Grandpré
Chancellor of McGill University
Succeeded by
Dick Pound