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Cheryl Stewart

Cheryl Stewart-WalshCheryl Stewart completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Sociology at Dalhousie University, graduating as class valedictorian. She subsequently earned her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. She began her career in Intergovernmental Affairs at the Privy Council Office in Ottawa and has worked in strategic policy and planning in several Federal government departments including Immigration, Health, and the RCMP.  

Cheryl spent three years as a Senior Parliamentary Advisor to the Minister of Public Health, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the Prime Minister of Canada. In these roles, she was responsible for advising the most senior levels of both elected and public servant leadership on a wide variety of issues facing Canadians.

Returning to Nova Scotia in 2006, Cheryl joined Nova Scotia Business Inc. as the Director of Policy and Planning, where she worked with many other business and economic development organizations on Nova Scotia’s Competitiveness Agenda.  Prior to the recent Municipal Mayoral campaign, she was the Provincial Project Manager for Entrepreneurship at Nova Scotia Community College.  Cheryl is an active member of several community groups and a former member of the United Way Funding Panel, Founding Vice Chair and Past Chair of FUSION Halifax, and Board member of 21 Inc., Neptune Theatre, and the Halifax Mayor’s Economic Advisory Committee. 

Most recently, Cheryl led a successful multi-partisan team of volunteers as the Campaign Director for Mike Savage in his bid for the Mayoralty of Halifax Regional Municipality.  She subsequently led the transition team as our new Mayor's Principal Advisor. As AVP, University Advancement, Cheryl will establish the University’s broad fundraising strategies, design and evaluate alumnae programs and launch campaigns to support university priorities.