The University of King’s College is pleased to announce that the first annual Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture will be delivered by the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 7pm in Alumni Hall, New Academic Building, 6350 Coburg Road, Halifax.

Madame Jean was the 27th Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, serving from 2005 to 2010. Currently the UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti and Co-President of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, she is known as an articulate and impassioned speaker who advocates for national solidarity, equality and empowerment for young Canadians. Her lecture “Building Social Change Locally and Globally” will be an exploration of her belief that young people must lead the way in promoting an ethic of solidarity in Canada and across the globe.

Alex Fountain was a student at King’s who died tragically on August 22, 2009 at the age of 20. He was a well-loved member of the King’s community and the Halifax music scene; a thoughtful student who loved to discuss and share his passion for music and ideas. In this spirit of engagement, his family – parents Fred and Elizabeth Fountain and sister Katharine – established the Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture in 2011. Through their gift, the King’s student body is now able to vote for a speaker of their choosing every year and hear them deliver a lecture at King’s that will challenge, provoke and delight.

This lecture is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a short question and answer period.

For more information about the Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture, please contact Alison Lang at (902) 422-1271 ext. 136 or through email at

For information about the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, please contact Peter Flegel at (613) 562-5468 or through email at


About the University of King's College: Established in 1789, King's College is Canada's oldest chartered university. A small and extraordinarily lively academic community located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, King's is known nationally and internationally for its highly acclaimed interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and journalism.

About the Michaëlle Jean Foundation: Founded in 2009, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation supports young people who use the arts to better their communities and create a better society. The Foundation is the legacy of Madame Jean’s mandate as 27th governor general and Commander-in-Chief of Canada.