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Inspiring and Connecting People Around the World through the Power of Basketball

An uplifting talk by alumna Dawn Smyth (BSc ’04 in Human Kinetics from the Faculty of Health Sciences; Gee Gees Women’s Basketball assistant coach ’03-’04) team leader of international basketball development at the National Basketball Association (NBA). Join us for this special evening with University of Ottawa President and Vice-Chancellor Jacques Frémont at an alumni and friends reception in New York!

Welcoming Remarks

Jacques Frémont was appointed President and Vice‐Chancellor of the University of Ottawa in 2016 and his mandate was renewed in 2021. Prior to this, he was chair of Quebec’s Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission, and director of the International Higher Education Support Program at Open Society Foundations in New York. He also served at the University of Montreal in various roles including provost and vice‐rector (academic affairs), and dean and professor (Faculty of Law). Mr. Frémont has advised international organizations on issues of human rights, good governance and democracy, and directed several important international cooperation projects in the fields of human rights and judicial training.


Dawn Smyth (BSc ’04 in Human Kinetics; Gee Gees Women’s Basketball assistant coach ’03-’04) is a trailblazing figure in the global basketball arena, currently serving as the team leader for international basketball development at the National Basketball Association. Her remarkable journey began in the fall of 2019, when she assumed the pivotal role of guiding Basketball Operations strategy in the NBA’s 15 international offices, shaping the future of the game for millions of basketball enthusiasts around the world.

Registration is free. Refreshments and appetizers will be served. Space is limited.

For any questions, contact Danika McDonald, Intermediate Specialist, Global Alumni and Community Engagement at [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you require accommodation, please contact the event host as soon as possible.
Date and time
Nov 13, 2023
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Format and location
In person
Off campus
White & Case, 1221 Avenue of the Americas (entrance on 48th Street) New York, NY 10020 United States
Alumni, Young Alumni