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For 129 years, the Royal Society of Canada did not have a permanent head office. That changed in 2011, when William Leiss, President of the Society from 1999-2001 and Chair of the Committee on Expert Panels from 2008-2011, capped his decades of continuing service to the RSC with a commitment of $500,000 to be applied to the financing of a home for the fellowship. With Bill’s commitment, in September of 2011, the Society acquired a heritage home at 282 Somerset Street West, in Centre town, Ottawa. The building has been named Walter House in honour of Bill’s mother, Ethel Bertha Walter.