Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin
On April 3, 1993, UBC gained worldwide attention when two world leaders, US President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin, converged on campus for their two-day Vancouver Summit. The first formal meeting between the two leaders was held at Norman MacKenzie House, the residence of then UBC president David Strangway. Today, two brown-leather wingback chairs used by the two leaders serve as a lively topic of conversation for visitors to the house. “The beauty of Vancouver has inspired our work here, and this weekend I believe we have laid the foundation for a new democratic partnership between the United States and Russia,” said Bill Clinton at a news conference following the summit.