Pioneering spirit: A legacy of boundary breakers at McGill University

C2 Editorial Team
Pioneering spirit: A legacy of boundary breakers at McGill University

Where can you find researchers who change the course of medicine, award-winning physicists who identify the building blocks of the universe, iconic urban architects and the next generation of astronauts? On the side of a mountain in Montreal, where innovation has been woven into the DNA of McGill University for nearly two centuries. This rich environment is where you’ll find C2 Montréal taking root in 2020.

Just as C2 Montréal brings bright minds and diverse thinkers together in unexpected ways, McGill continues to expand on its storied history of encouraging curiosity and discovery across disciplines in ways that have a tangible impact on the way we live in, and think about, the world today. It’s a place where, from its inception to the present day, exploration has known no limitations.


Multidisciplinary luminaries

Among the many boundary pushing pioneers schooled at McGill in a broad range of disciplines, you’ll find world-renowned architects Arthur Erickson (who designed, for example, Vancouver’s Robson Square, the Canadian Chancery in Washington, D.C.) and Moshe Safdie (the creator of the National Gallery of Canada and Montreal’s iconic Habitat 67 housing complex).

In terms of revolutionary tech, computer scientist (and Internet Hall of Fame inductee) Alan Emtage created the world’s first internet search engine, while nuclear physicist Robert Bell discovered proton radioactivity and invented a method for measuring nuclear processes in less than billionths of seconds.

While McGill grad and Star Trek captain William Shatner showed us the furthest reaches of an imagined universe, several McGill graduates have followed their research and their dreams directly into space. Julie Payette, Robert Thirsk, Dave Williams and David Saint-Jacques have travelled to the International Space Station as astronauts with the Canadian Space Agency, and another grad, Jennifer Sidey-Gibbons, is on her way.

 In its two centuries of championing knowledge that leads to new ideas, McGill University remains at the forefront of future-shaping higher education, a place where a culture of innovation sparks inspiration, and where, without a doubt, many of the next generation of groundbreaking pioneers and change-making leaders are getting ready to make their mark.


Take your business to school

You and your team can see McGill like you’ve never seen it before at C2 Montréal, May 27-29, 2020.



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