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Dr. Mary Bluechardt

Dr. Mary BluechardtDr. Mary Bluechardt joined Mount Saint Vincent University as its 13th President and Vice-Chancellor on July 1, 2017 and now leads a community of over 600 faculty and staff in delivering an excellent academic experience to more than 4,000 students from more than 50 countries around the world.

Dr. Bluechardt is an experienced academic and administrative leader, with more than 25 years in the post-secondary sector. Before joining the Mount, she was the Vice-President (Grenfell Campus), Memorial University of Newfoundland, located in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. She was first appointed to this role in 2011 and re-appointed in 2016. As Vice-President of Grenfell Campus, Dr. Bluechardt was the senior administrator with oversight of the campus. She was also engaged in University-wide endeavours as a member of Memorial’s senior management team and Vice Presidents Council.

At the Grenfell Campus, Dr. Bluechardt bolstered its teaching and learning, student health and wellness, research, supports for Aboriginal students, recruitment, public engagement and internationalization activities. She oversaw the opening of a new Aboriginal Student Centre and appointment of an Aboriginal Student Services Officer, enhanced partnerships and relationships with the Grenfell Campus Students’ Union, and increased student support centres and spaces.

Prior to her role at Grenfell Campus, Dr. Bluechardt served as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and also Dean of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University. She was also with Special Olympics Canada for five years as National Director of Coach Development. She holds a PhD in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the University of Toronto and is an active community leader, having been a volunteer with Special Olympics Canada for many years.

Born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario, Dr. Bluechardt earned her Bachelor of Physical and Health Education and a Master of Science in Coaching from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. She obtained her PhD in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the University of Toronto (Faculty of Medicine – Department of Community Health). She was a professor at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan for 17 years, in both the faculties of Kinesiology and Health Studies, and Education, with expertise in Adapted Physical Activity. Dr. Bluechardt has worked tirelessly to advance the lives of people with disabilities and inclusive environments.

Dr. Bluechardt has been the recipient of several awards, including the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Health and Wellness; University of Regina Alumni Award of Excellence in Public Service and Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport Award for the Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity. She was appointed to the National Board of Directors for Canadian Sport for Life and was the first female appointment to the expert group responsible for Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Framework. On a number of occasions, she has been an honoured guest of Team Canada for Special Olympics World Games.

Dr. Bluechardt has worked closely Dr. Ramona Lumpkin, the Mount’s previous President and Vice-Chancellor, along with the Mount’s leadership team and the Board of Governors to ensure an effective and smooth transition of responsibilities.

If you wish to speak with Dr. Bluechardt, please contact Cindy Reardon, Executive Assistant: