Suzanne Mackenzie Memorial Lecture Series

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Every second year, the Canadian Women and Geography Study Group (CWAG) of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) is honoured to sponsor the Suzanne Mackenzie Memorial Lecture.

Sarah De Leeuw lecture


Dr. Sarah De Leeuw

Dr. Sarah de Leeuw

Associate Professor Sarah de Leeuw, appointed in the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), is the 2016 nominee for the Suzanne Mackenzie Memorial Lecture. Dr. de Leeuw delivered the lecture entitled “Writing as a Form of Righting: Practicing Feminist Anti-Racist Literary Geo-graphing in Colonial Canada” at Dalhousie University on June 1, 2016. See:


Dr. Linda Peake

Dr. Linda Peake

Professor Linda Peake, appointed in the Department of Social Science at York University, was the 2014 nominee for the Suzanne Mackenzie Memorial Lecture. Dr. Peake delivered the lecture entitled “Rethinking Feminist Interventions into Geography” at Brock University on May 27, 2014


Dr. Audrey Kobayashi

Dr. Audrey Kobayashi

Professor of Geography at Queen's University was the 2012 nominee for the Suzanne Mackenzie Memorial Lecture. Dr. Kobayashi delivered the talk: "Coming to the Intersection: Impossible Conversations on Race and Gender along the Road " at Wilfrid Laurier University on May 29, 2012.

Dr. Kobayashi's presentation is available to view on line: Coming to the Intersection [1 hour]


Dr. Catherine Nolin

Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), was the 2010 nominee for the Suzanne Mackenzie Memorial Lecture. Dr. Nolin delivered the talk "Geography That Breaks Your Heart: Feminist Geography To/From the Peripheries" at the University of Regina on June 2, 2010.

The full presentation, along with introductions from Drs. Sarah de Leeuw & Damaris Rose, is now available to view on line: Geography That Breaks Your Heart [1 hr, 20 min]

Previous Lectures



Dr. Maureen Reed

University of Saskatchewan

Seeking red herrings in the wood: Tending the shared spaces of environmental and feminist geographies
delivered at Lakehead Univeristy



Dr. Evelyn Peters 

University of Saskatchewan

Conceptually unclad: Feminist geography and Aboriginal peoples
delivered at the University of Toronto


 Dr. Jennifer Hyndman

SFU, at the time

Towards a feminist geopolitics
delivered at Brock University


Who is Suzanne Mackenzie?

Suzanne Mackenzie was a much beloved member of the geographical community, both in Canada and around the world. A pioneer in feminist urban geography, she contributed actively to discussions and research about women and geography and continues to be remembered for her courage, her commitment to feminism, her deep sense of caring for friends, family and students, her sense of justice and her irrepressible humour. These characteristics were all bound up in a generous spirit. She died on October 24, 1998 in her home in Nelson, B.C., at the age of 48. (Please see “Tributes to Suzanne Mackenzie”, Gender, Place and Culture 6 (4), 2009: 401-415;

Sample of Suzanne's early Women & Environments teaching material, McGill University, 1980

What is the Suzanne Mackenzie Memorial Lecture?

The next Suzanne Mackenzie Memorial Lecture will be delivered at the 2018 CAG Annual Conference. A reception will follow. With the memory of Suzanne in mind, the Memorial Lecture Subcommittee of CWAG will soon start soliciting nominations from CWAG and from the CAG membership at large for the 2018 lecturer. We encourage nominations of women in all stages of their careers, whose involvement in geography bears some significant correspondence with Suzanne’s interests and passions.*

We will announce the deadline for the nomination process in the coming months as well as the membership of the Suzanne Mackenzie Memorial Lecture Subcommittee of CWAG. For now, if you have questions or suggestions, please contact:

Dr. Ebru Ustundag, CWAG Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Geography and Tourism Studies
Brock University

For example, please see:

  • Suzanne Mackenzie, “Women in the City”. In Richard Peet and Nigel Thrift (editors) New Models in Geography, Volume Two, London: Unwin Hyman, 1989, pp. 109-126;
  • Suzanne Mackenzie, "Restructuring the relations of work and life: Women as environmental actors, feminism as geographic analysis." Gender, Place & Culture 6(4): 417-430, 1999 [first published in 1989]
  • Suzanne Mackenzie, “Restructuring the relations of work and life: women as environmental actors, feminism as geographic analysis”. In Audrey Kobayashi & Suzanne Mackenzie (editors) Remaking Human Geography, Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1989, pp. 40-61;
  • Suzanne Mackenzie, Visible Histories: Women and Environments in a Post-War British City. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press.
  • Suzanne Mackenzie, “Women’s Responses to Economic Restructuring: Changing Gender, Changing Space”. In Roberta Hamilton and Michele Barrett (editors) The Politics of Diversity: Feminism, Marxism and Nationalism, Montreal: Book Center Inc., 1986, pp. 81-100;
  • Suzanne Mackenzie, “The Status of Women in Canadian Geography”, The Operational Geographer, 7.3, pp. 2-8.