John McLaughlin

Professor Emeritus in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering and President Emeritus

Encaenia Ceremony D, May 19, 2011

The word transformative echoes through everything John McLaughlin has accomplished.

As professor and chair of the department of geodesy and geomatics engineering, he introduced the first program in land information management in the world.  He has supervised and co-supervised nearly 100 graduate students, and authored or co-authored more than 200 publications.

With international agencies such as the World Bank and the UN, he has worked in more than 40 countries on the development of property systems.

During the 1990s, Dr. McLaughlin helped to redefine the geomatics industry in Canada, chairing two national geomatics studies.  He was a driving force behind the establishment of UNB’s Centre for Property Studies, and co-founded two successful companies.

His accomplishments and outstanding record of professional service at the provincial, national and international level led to his being named a Fellow of the Instituto Libertad y Democracia in Peru and of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

As president and vice-chancellor of UNB from 2002 to 2009, he was successful in raising the bar for UNB and changing the way that we – and others – view this university.

During his presidency, UNB undertook the largest fund-raising campaign in the history of Atlantic Canada, had one of the largest increases in research funding of any comprehensive university in the country, dramatically strengthened its standing in national rankings, and significantly enhanced the quality of its academic programs and student experience.

Under his leadership UNB also played a key role in building a new culture for innovation and creativity in the region:  through the 21 Inc Young Leaders program, the formation of the NB Business Council, the creation of the Wallace McCain Leadership Institute and a series of related initiatives.

He was twice recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s top CEOs, and received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration, the Order of New Brunswick and the Order of Canada.

Today, we are pleased to honour him as professor and president emeritus.