Alastair James Scott Summerlee


Alastair Summerlee served as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Guelph from 2003 to 2014, interim president and vice-chancellor Carleton University from 2017 to 2018, and professor of Biomedical Sciences from 1989 to 2017. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Sprott Business School at Carleton and a professor emeritus of biomedical science at Guelph. He spent six years on the World University Service of Canada board, where his work there attracted international investment from the governments of Canada, the United Kingdom, and from private individuals. He is part of the global movement to unite universities worldwide in fighting hunger and poverty known as the PUSH Initiative and was the International Quality of Life Laureate at the United Nations in 2012. He has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters, written about teaching and teaching practice, advocated in the media for better conditions for people in refugee camps, and is regularly invited to speak on education, research, accountability, fundraising, and sustainable business. His current research focuses on iron deficiency and simple innovation, known as the Lucky Iron Fish®, which can alleviate the condition for almost 2 billion people worldwide. He is also serving as a special advisor to Carleton on the capital campaign and the interim leader of Education City, which provides educational innovation in the Ottawa region.