Linda Hughes served as the 19th Chancellor of the University of Alberta and Chair of the Senate. She has been a leading figure in Canadian media for over twenty years and continues to be one of Canada’s most influential communicators.
Ms. Hughes was the first woman in Canada to hold the position of publisher of a major newspaper. For 15 years, from 1992 to 2006, Ms. Hughes was Publisher and CEO of The Edmonton Journal. From 2003 to 2005 Ms. Hughes held the role of General Manager Alberta for CanWest Media Works, which included responsibility for the CanWest newspapers and television operations in Alberta. Her career at The Edmonton Journal spanned 30 years and included serving as Editor-In-Chief, Editor of various departments and Parliamentary Reporter.
She has served on the boards of the National Newspaper Awards, the Journalism Foundation of Canada and the Committee to Protect Journalists. In 2007, she spent two months as a volunteer in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, helping a daily newspaper to prepare for its role in a new democracy. She was a member of the board of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada from 2002 to 2008.
Deeply committed to her community, she is a founding member of the NorQuest College Foundation and a former chair of the board of the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region. She has formerly served as a member of the Edmonton Homeless Commission, and on the boards of the Edmonton Community Foundation and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation. She also serves on the board of the Torstar Corporation. In 2014 she was appointed to the Premier's Advisory Committee on the Alberta Public Service.
Ms. Hughes graduated with an Honours BA from the University of Victoria. She has received honorary doctorates from Athabasca University, the University of Alberta, and the University of Victoria, and has been awarded Alberta's Centennial Medal, the Arthur Kroeger College Award for Public Affairs (Carleton University), a Lifetime Achievement Award from the YWCA and membership in Alberta's Business Hall of Fame.
In 2016, Ms. Hughes received Alberta's highest honour - the Alberta Order of Excellence.