Chancellor Ralph Young
The Chancellor is elected by the Senate for a four year term. In addition to chairing the Senate, the Chancellor also serves on the University's Board of Governors.
The Chancellor shall preside over all degree-conferring ceremonies of the University and confer the degrees, and represent the University at ceremonial occasions. The Chancellor shall also represent the public interest in the University.
Ralph Barclay Young of Edmonton, Chief Executive Officer of Melcor Developments Ltd., has earned a distinguished reputation for exemplary leadership in business, industry associations, education, arts and culture, sports, health and wellness, charitable support, religion, governance and community service.
Mr. Young holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1967 and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Alberta in 1973. He earned a certificate with the Executive Program at Queen’s University in 1996.
He started at Melcor in 1971 as Assistant to the Manager, Land Development Division and rose to President in 1997 and Chief Executive Officer in 2000. Mr. Young has played an integral role in the leadership teamthat transformed Melcorfrom a real estate brokerage business with assets of $7.4 million to an influential western Canadian real estate development business with revenues of $220 million and assets of $1.2 billion.
Mr. Young has served as president and a director of the Urban Development Institute of Edmonton, Alberta and Canada. He chaired the Edmonton Centennial Celebration Committee and Carillon Clock Tower Foundation, and served on the board of directors of the Edmonton Police Foundation and the Edmonton Regional Airports Authority.
His extensive community engagement also includes service on the boards of the Winspear Concert Hall Society, the Citadel Theatre, the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club, the Minerva Foundation and the Rotary Club of Edmonton. He and his family have hosted nine Rotary international exchange students. He has shared his governance expertise as a director or trustee with the Caritas Health Group, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and most recently Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions.
Deeply committed to expanding educational opportunities thatallow individuals to reach their personal potential, Mr. Young has served on the boards of MacEwanUniversity and Alberta College.His varied leadership roles at the University of Alberta include the School of Business Advisory Council, the Alberta Business Family Institute, past president of Alumni Counciland Alumni Council representative on the Senate and Board of Governors.
Mr. Young has received a University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award, MacEwan University Distinguished Citizen Award, City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Award, the Alberta Centennial Medal and Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. In 2004 he was named by Alberta Venture as one of the 50 most influential people in Alberta.
Widely respected for his gentle spirit, strength of character and passion for education, Ralph Young is an inspiring example of the power of one individual to make an enduring contribution to the public good.