Presentations by Désirée McGraw

President Désirée McGraw started her time at Pearson College UWC with three primary objectives to guide the collective work as Pearson College UWC builds its vision for the next 40 years:

  • To enhance Pearson College UWC’s public profile and engagement
  • To ensure Pearson’s program—both academic and experiential—is world-class and cutting-edge
  • To ensure the College is on a sustainable financial footing

“In my capacity as Chief Champion of Pearson College UWC, I am making it my mission to ensure potential students, prospective donors, government sponsors and our friends and supporters know about the kind of educational and life experiences we are providing here in Pedder Bay and the impact our alumni are having around the world.”
— Désirée McGraw, at Pearson College UWC Founders’ Celebration, 9 August 2015

May 2018

Farewell remarks to Year 43 & Year 44 at last Village Gathering of the Year 2017-18 – 18 May 2018

March 2018

Speaking Notes addressing the audience at One World 2018


60th anniversary of Lester B Pearson’s Nobel Peace Prize event remaks in Ottawa – 11 Dec 2017 
Welcome remarks at the Opening Reception of the Victoria Forum 2017 – 17 Nov 2017
Honouring of outgoing Board Chair at reception after the AGM 2017 — 03 Nov 2017
Remarks at the Annual General Meeting of the Board of Directors – 03 Nov 2017 (FRENCH VERSION)
Bilingual remarks at “Pearson’s Four Faces of Peace” Panel Discussion – 02 Nov 2017
Remarks at the official Opening Ceremony of the academic year 2017-2018 – 31 Aug 2017


Désirée McGraw speaks at the farewell Village Meeting on campus
SPEECH: Désirée McGraw’s remarks to students, faculty, staff and residents for the final Village Meeting — May 19, 2016

Désirée McGraw speaks at the Ottawa Peace Talks
SPEECH: Désirée McGraw’s Speech at Ottawa Peace Talks — 19 April  2016
VIDEO: See the recorded Ottawa Peace Talks here — 19 April  2016

Désirée McGraw speaks at the March luncheon of the Canadian International Council of Victoria
SPEECH: Désirée McGraw’s Remarks to CIC Victoria — 16 March  2016

Désirée McGraw speaks at One World Reception for patrons, donors, alumni and friends
SPEECH: Désirée McGraw’s Remarks to Pearson’s patrons, donors, alumni and friends (English) – 05 March 2016
SPEECH: Désirée McGraw’s Remarks to Pearson’s patrons, donors, alumni and friends (French)

Désirée McGraw gives a tribute to Maurice F. Strong at his celebration of life
A Celebration of the Life of Maurice F. Strong — 27 Jan. 2016Hommage à la vie de Maurice F. Strong — 27 janvier 2016VIDEO: Désirée McGraw gives remarks at the memorial held in Ottawa (speech at 35:55)


Désirée McGraw joins international environmental lawyer Johannah Bernstein to present an overview of the Paris climate negotiations for International Affairs
VIDEO: Livestream event of “The Precarious Road to Paris” — 1 December 2015

Désirée McGraw welcomes new and returning students to Pearson College UWC
SPEECH: Opening Assembly Remarks to the New Students — 31 August 2015

Désirée McGraw welcomes alumni from the last 40 years back to campus
SPEECH: Founder’s Celebration Presentation — 9 August 2015

Désirée McGraw is introduced as Pearson College UWC’s President and Head of College
SPEECH: Opening Remarks — 20 April  2015VIDEO: See the announcement and standing ovation for the appointment