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About Margaret

Proceeds from the Margaret McCain Lecture Series go to the Upstream Endowment Campaign.


The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain received her early education in Quebec, Nova Scotia and Ontario, where she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees from Mount Allison University and the University of Toronto. She has also received honourary doctors of law degrees from several Canadian universities. In October of 1994, she was invested as Dame of Grace in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. Throughout her career, Mrs. McCain has been active in organizations that promote women's rights, social equality, education and the arts. She is the founding member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation in New Brunswick whose mission is the elimination of family violence through public education and research. In 1994, Margaret was appointed the first female Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick. Since moving to Toronto, Mrs. McCain has been involved with a number of organizations including the National Ballet and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Mrs. McCain has also involved herself in many educational and youth-oriented pursuits such as Ontario's Promise, a non-partisan initiative for children and youth.

Mrs. McCain was co-chair with Dr. Fraser Mustard of the highly regarded The Early Years Study: Reversing the Real Brain Drain (1999) and was the Children's Champion of the Voices for Children initiative.

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