Ann McCaig – Honorary Chair
As the Honorary Chair of Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, Ann is committed to continuing the work of her late husband, J.R. (Bud) McCaig, who founded ABJHI in 2004 with a donation of $10 million. Ann and Bud were married for 21 years and shared a vision to build a world-class health and medical system in Calgary.
Ann is well-known for her commitment to the not-for-profit sector and, in particular, her passion for youth, education and health. She serves as Chair Emeritus of the Calgary Health Trust and the Calgary Stampede Foundation and as Chair of the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC). She is also Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Calgary, a Director of the Gairdner Foundation, and a former Trustee of the $400-million Killam Estate.
Over the past two decades, Ann has led several large capital campaigns for major institutions in Calgary. She was Co-chair of the Alberta Children’s Hospital campaign, helping to raise more than $52 million to build a state-of-the-art pediatric facility in Calgary, and chaired a campaign that raised $9.6 million for AARC.
Ann is a Member of the Order of Canada and has received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. She is one of the inaugural recipients of the University of Calgary Education Partnership Award and was recognized by the University of Saskatchewan with an Alumni Humanitarian Award. She has received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Award, the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Award, the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Alberta Centennial Award, the Rotary Integrity Award, the Paul Harris Fellowship Rotary International Award, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Award of Exceptional Recognition from Calgary’s Chief of Police. In June 2012, Ann received the Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of Calgary in honour of her contributions to the community.