Sandy Auld Mactaggart (1990–1994)
Sandy Auld Mactaggart was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1928. During World War II, he was evacuated to Canada, where he attended school at Lakefield College School in Ontario and Choate School in New England. In 1950, he graduated from Harvard College with a BA in architecture. In 1952, he received an MBA from Harvard Business School. That same year, he came to Edmonton. Two years later, he incorporated Maclab Enterprises Ltd, which engages in property development and venture capital activities in Western Canada, the United States, and other countries around the world.
Mactaggart has supported post-secondary education by acting as a member of the Harvard Resources Committee, trustee emeritus and former treasurer of the American University of Beirut, and Director and Vice-President of the Harvard Alumni Association. From 1983 to 1994, Mactaggart was a member of the University of Alberta Board of Governors and chaired the University's Real Estate Advisory Committee. He was the first Chair of the University of Alberta Foundation and was Chancellor of the University from 1990 to 1994.
A strong supporter of the arts, Mactaggart was one of four founders of the Citadel Theatre, Edmonton's first professional theatre. He has continued to be active with the Citadel as a governor and by sponsoring one production each year on the Maclab Stage, named in recognition of Mactaggart's company's contributions to its construction.
Mactaggart has also served on the founding boards of numerous organizations, including the Art Gallery of Alberta and Tempo School. In 1993, Mactaggart was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Royal Society of Canada.
In 1997, Mactaggart was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada; he became a Member of the Alberta Order of Excellence in 1998. He has also received the James L. Fisher Award for Distinguished Service to Education from the Washington DC-based Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Mactaggart is married to Cécile Erickson.