Founder of the RBC Taylor Prize Noreen Taylor installed as Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Looks forward to linking university's proud history to an inspiring new future

OSHAWA, ON, May 6, 2016 /CNW/ - Canadian cultural leader and philanthropist Noreen Taylor, CM, has been installed as third Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Local dignitaries joined university academic leaders, faculty and staff for the official ceremony at the university's Regent Theatre in downtown Oshawa.

Chancellor Taylor is an artist, teacher and philanthropist, renowned for her leadership in Canada's health-care, cultural, educational and horse racing communities. She founded the RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction, and is the current Chair of the Board of Canadian Stage and Chair of the Board of Saint Elizabeth Health Care.

She is the wife of the late Charles Taylor and daughter-in-law of the late E.P. Taylor; she is also the President of Windfields Farm Limited. She is a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and is a Member of the Order of Canada.

The Chancellor serves as the titular head of the university, presiding over Convocation and conferring all degrees, honorary degrees, certificates and diplomas on behalf of the university. Chancellor Taylor will preside over her first Convocation ceremonies on June 9 and 10 at the General Motors Centre in Oshawa.

Quote:  "I have complete and unwavering faith that in the exposure to education, and through the rigours of academic and practical challenges, we do have the ability to overcome obstacles, to address and solve problems that face us, and to create the new and future world we will all live in. I know that the University of Ontario Institute of Technology is the place for young people to find the cross-currents of discipline and expansive creativity necessary to address the challenges of today. I have complete faith that they will continue on the path of excellence they have chosen to walk along – and I am incredibly proud to serve as Chancellor."
-Noreen Taylor, Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

About UOIT
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) advances the discovery and application of knowledge through a technology-enriched learning environment and the delivery of innovative market-driven programs responsive to the needs of students and industry. With more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in more than 75 programs, UOIT promotes social engagement, fosters critical thinking and integrates outcomes-based learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. UOIT's commitment to accelerating economic growth and social innovation is realized through faculty research collaborations with leading organizations such as Ontario Power Generation, IBM, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Durham Regional Police Service. To find out more, visit

About the RBC Taylor Prize
Established biennially in 1998 by the trustees of the Charles Taylor Foundation, 2016 marks the fifteenth awarding of the RBC Taylor Prize, which commemorates Charles Taylor's pursuit of excellence in the field of literary non-fiction. Awarded to the author whose book best combines a superb command of the English language, an elegance of style, and a subtlety of thought and perception, the Prize consists of $25,000 for the winner and $2,000 for each of the remaining finalists, as well as promotional support to help all of the nominated books to stand out in the media, bookstores, and libraries.

The presenting sponsor of the RBC Taylor Prize is RBC Wealth Management. Its media sponsors are The Globe and Mail, CNW Group, The Huffington Post CanadaMaclean's magazine, Quill & Quire magazine, and SiriusXM; its in-kind sponsors are Ben McNally Books, Event Source, IFOA, The Omni King Edward Hotel, and the Toronto Public Library Board.

SOURCE RBC Taylor Prize

Image with caption: "Noreen Taylor (CNW Group/RBC Taylor Prize)". Image available at:

For further information: Media contact: Bryan Oliver, Communications and Marketing, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), 905.721.8668 ext. 6709,; Stephen Weir, RBC Taylor Prize, 416-489-5868,

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