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Carole (Goss) Taylor, O.C., Vic 6T7, Hon. 1T2 has been conferred with many honours, among them the Officer of the Order of Canada and Victoria University’s Honorary Degree (2012) and a Distinguished Alumni Award (2004). Taylor graduated from Victoria College in 1967 with a B.A., and went on to enjoy successful careers in both broadcasting and politics.

After working as an award-winning journalist for two decades, Taylor went into provincial politics in 2005. She was elected to the B.C. Legislature and was subsequently named Minister of Finance. In her final budget, she introduced B.C.’s successful, revenue-neutral, carbon tax. In 2008, Canada’s Finance Minister named her Chair of the Economic Advisory Council.

She has held many directorship roles at institutions including TD Bank, BCE, HSBC, B.C.’s Children’s Hospital and CP Rail. She has also served as chair of CBC/Radio-Canada, the Vancouver Board of Trade, Canada Ports Corporation and the Vancouver Port Corporation.

She is currently a member of the Trilateral Commission, governor of the Vancouver Board of Trade, special adviser on public policy to the Premier of B.C. and Chancellor Emeritus of Simon Fraser University.

Past University Chancellors

Samuel Sobieski Nelles 1884–1887

Nathaniel Burwash 1887–1913

Richard Pinch Bowles 1913–1930

Edward Wilson Wallace 1930–1941

Walter Theodore Brown 1941–1944

Alexander Spencer 1944–1952

Lester Bowles Pearson 1952–1959

Louis Breithaupt 1959–1960

Chancellorship vacant 1960–1978

H. Northrop Frye C.C., 1978–1991

Sang Chul Lee 1992–1998

Kenneth Douglas Taylor 1998–2004

Norman Frederick Jewison 2004–2010

Wendy Marion Cecil 2010–2017

Carole (Goss) Taylor 2017–