MRU General Counsel and University Secretary Amy Nixon inducted into Canadian Curling Hall of Fame

Accomplishments on the rink followed by dedication in boardroom
Michael Szajewski and Amy Nixon.
Michael Szajewski, left, Chair of the Curling Canada Board of Governors, and MRU General Counsel and University Secretary Amy Nixon. Photo courtesy Curling Canada/Andrew Klaver.

Mount Royal General Counsel and University Secretary Amy Nixon was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame (Executive Honour Roll) during an on-ice ceremony Feb. 19 at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary.

The WinSport Event Centre setting was ideal, as Nixon is serving as the event’s organizing committee vice-chair, another chapter in her steadfast support for the sport she has had a profound impact on.

“I am so grateful for all that I’ve learned from the sport of curling and for all the support I’ve had at MRU to pursue my passion for the sport. It was truly an honour to be recognized by Curling Canada, but the true honour for me has been the people and places that I’ve met and travelled to and learned so much from,” Nixon said.

Nixon served five years on the Curling Canada Board of Governors and also was elected chair of the Board of Governors in June 2021. She stayed in that role until the fall of 2022 — the completion of her four-year term, but subsequently agreed to rejoin the Board for the 2022/23 season to help with the orientation process for governors who had newly joined.

During her time as chair of the Curling Canada Board, Curling Canada held its highly successful Bubble events in Nixon’s hometown of Calgary and she volunteered often as a scorekeeper during those three months — all the while contributing to the Board’s oversight of the events and risk evaluations.

As a player, Nixon was the vice-skip for Shannon Kleibrink’s Canadian team that won bronze at the 2006 Winter Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Scotties Tournament of Hearts. She played the same position for Chelsea Carey’s 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts championship team and was the alternate for Heather Nedohin’s 2012 Scotties champs.

Nixon came to MRU in 2011 and is currently the University’s first General Counsel and University Secretary, a member of the executive team responsible for governance, legal, privacy, safe disclosure, and risk, safety, and employee wellness functions.

“We are very proud of Amy as she receives this honour,” said Tim Rahilly, PhD, president and vice-chancellor at Mount Royal. “She brings that Olympic drive, energy and spirit every day to her work at MRU and we applaud this recognition for all she has accomplished and given back to the sport of curling in Canada.”