The launch of the University’s major fundraising campaign took place May 9, as part of the Defy the Conventional Gala, the crowning event of Alumni Week.
It was also an opportunity to highlight the 50th anniversary of the modern University of Ottawa. On June 21, 1965, the Ontario Legislative Assembly passed Bill 158, the University of Ottawa Act, 1965.
The law came into effect on July 1 of that year, giving full powers to the Board of Governors and the Senate. It made the University of Ottawa a public institution. With funding from government, but also the private sector and the community, the University has experienced remarkable growth over the past 50 years.
For the gala, a visual timeline was installed on the walls of the hallway between InfoService and the Tabaret Hall Rotunda. The pictures and the lists of highlights allowed visitors to learn more about our university’s 50-year history as a public institution.