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The Margaret Norrie McCain Centre

The Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research will have a tremendous impact on the Mount’s core mission of educating future generations of leaders committed to creating positive change in the lives of those around them.

The first new academic building in 40 years, the McCain Centre will provide Mount students with a learning environment that is contemporary and interactive. Designed for collaboration and the use of technology, it is equipped with learning and instructional spaces to enable Mount faculty to adapt instructional methods to suit students and disciplines, and not be confined by the limitations of traditional classrooms.

An exciting feature of the McCain Centre is the connection it provides between the upper and lower campuses of the University. The RBC West Link connects the McCain Centre with the E. Margaret Fulton Communication Centre. The Student Legacy Lane links from the fourth floor of the McCain Centre and allows for direct access to the Rosaria Student Centre.

In recognition of the Mount’s history in the advancement of women, the Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research is dedicated throughout to celebrating the accomplishments of women. The McCain Centre is the only building on a Canadian university campus to recognizing women in this way.

In addition to showcasing the stories of 18 Inspiring Women, many named spaces throughout the building have been sponsored by companies, foundations and individuals in honour of women. Located near the entrance of the McCain Centre, the Riva Spatz Women’s Wall of Honour, the only Wall of its kind in Canada, will display the names of 700 women. 

About Margaret Norrie McCain, CC, ONB

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A tireless advocate, The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain has dedicated her life to the advancement of women, early childhood education, social equality and the arts. Mrs. McCain spent much of her childhood in Nova Scotia. She holds a bachelor of arts from Mount Allison University and a bachelor of social work from the University of Toronto. While living in New Brunswick, she became concerned about family violence. She is a founding member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation which is dedicated to the prevention and elimination of family violence through research and education. In 1994, Mrs. McCain became the first female Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick and was invested as Dame of Grace in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. Mrs. McCain’s focus on prevention led her to advocate for comprehensive, community-based early childhood education services.

In 1999, she co-chaired The Early Years Study: Reversing the Real Brain Drain and was the Children's Champion of the Voices for Children initiative. She also co-chaired the City of Toronto’s Commission for Early Learning and Child Care in 2002. Mrs. McCain has further dedicated her time to not-for-profit organizations including the Canadian Women's Foundation, the National Ballet School, the Canadian Policy Research Network, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Learning Partnership, and the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development. Her multiple honorary degrees include an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Mount Saint Vincent University (2005). Her awards are numerous, including the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Award for Work in the Field of Family Violence, the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Award, the Centre for Excellence for Early Child Development Award, the 100 Most Powerful Canadian Women Award, and the YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award for Philanthropy and Volunteerism. In 1998, Mrs. McCain was made officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to companion in 2013. She also became member of the Order of New Brunswick in 2004. Mrs. McCain continues to play an influential role in the development of early childhood education public policy and in the advancement of women in Canada.

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