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September 28, 2017

2017-2018 Board of Governors

September is a time of new beginnings not just for students, faculty and staff at Mount Saint Vincent University, but also for the University’s Board of Governors. The Mount’s Board of Governors recently welcomed a new Chair, a new President and Vice-Chancellor, and several new members (since May 2017), including:

Chair
Colleen Keyes, Partner, Stewart McKelvey

President
Dr. Mary Bluechardt, President, Mount Saint Vincent University

Community-at-large representatives
Mary Dable Arab, President and Co-founder of BARA Management Group 
David Gardam, CEO, Gardam Consulting Inc. 
Leslie McLean, Health Care Consultant and Community Leader

Alumnae representatives
Alison MacDonald, Communications Manager, Halifax Harbour Bridges 
Christine Yang, International Relations Officer, Nova Scotia Department of Intergovernmental Affairs 

Student representatives
Alex Cuming, President, Students’ Union, Mount Saint Vincent University (as of May 2017)
Note: another new student representative will be added to the Board once fall Student Representative Council elections have taken place.

“My time on the Mount board has highlighted for me what a special and impressive institution this University is,” said Colleen Keyes. “For many years, the Mount has demonstrated a fiscally-responsible, student-centred approach to delivering a quality educational experience to a diverse student body. I look forward to continuing my work with the Mount in the role of Board Chair.”

The Mount Board of Governors includes community, alumnae, faculty, student, administration and Sisters of Charity representatives. View the full list of 2017-2018 members below.

Mount Saint Vincent University is governed using a bi-cameral governance structure consisting of the Board of Governors and the Senate (responsible for academic affairs). The Mount’s Board is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the University, including governance and oversight of the University generally, its property, revenues, expenditures, business and affairs. [Read more about the Mount’s current strategic plan here.]

About Mount Saint Vincent University
As a leader in distance and experiential learning, and based on a strong tradition of social responsibility, Mount Saint Vincent University takes a personalized approach to education to nurture socially responsible global citizens. Founded in 1873, the Mount has been nationally recognized for having one of the lowest student-to-professor ratios, for providing students early access to valuable research opportunities, for its legacy in the advancement of women, and for facilitating critical advancements in food security, healthy aging, literacy, and childhood development. 

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For more information:
Gillian Batten
Manager, Communications
Mount Saint Vincent University
902-457-6439
Gillian.Batten@msvu.ca 
Full list: 2017-2018 Mount Board of Governors

Chair, Board of Governors
Colleen Keyes, Partner, Stewart McKelvey

Chancellor
S. Joan O’Keefe, Congregational Leader, Sisters of Charity, Halifax

President 

Vice-President Academic and Provost

Vice-President Administration

Governors Appointed by the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity
Joan McMullin, Retired Educator, Community Volunteer
Martha Norris, Retired Educator ** 
Marie Scagliola, Community Volunteer
Catherine (Cathy) Ward, Executive Assistant/Benefits & Pension Coordinator, Sisters of Charity, Halifax
S. Pat Wilson, Chaplain, Caritas Residence

Governors Appointed by the Governor in Council
Shelley Rowan, VP Prevention and Service Delivery, Workers' Compensation Board of Nova Scotia

Governors Selected by and from the Alumnae
Tanya Lorimer-Charles, Regional Marketing Manager, Aramark Higher Education 
Alison MacDonald, Communications Manager, Halifax Harbour Bridges *
Christine Yang, International Relations Officer, Nova Scotia Department of Intergovernmental Affairs *

Governors Selected by and from the Faculty
Dr. Robert Farmer, Associate Professor, Information Technology / Business Administration, Mount Saint Vincent University **
Dr. Robert Berard, Professor, Education, Mount Saint Vincent University **
Dr. Amy Thurlow, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University **

Governors Selected by and from the Students
Alex Cuming, President, Students’ Union, Mount Saint Vincent University *
Erin Murray, BA Candidate and VP Communications, Students’ Union, Mount Saint Vincent University
(One student TBC)

Governors Selected by the Board from the Community at Large
Sharon Avery, Will and Estate Consultant, Atlantic Region, Wealth Management Services, RBC Dominion Securities
Brenda Belliveau, Managing Partner and Tax Leader, Atlantic Canada, PwC **
Anne Campbell, Owner, NovaScotian Crystal
Mary Dable Arab, President and Co-founder of BARA Management Group *
Amanda Dean, Vice-President, Atlantic, IBC
Doug Doucet, President, rcs construction
John Flemming, President,  Ocean Contractors Limited
The Honourable Myra Freeman, Former Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
David Gardam, CEO, Gardam Consulting Inc. *
Roger Howard,  Regional President, Atlantic Canada, RBC Royal Bank 
Leslie McLean, Health Care Consultant and Community Leader *
Jolene Mahody, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Chorus Aviation Inc.
Anne McGuire, Community Volunteer 
S. Dorothy Moore, Mi'kmaq Elder and Educator from Membertou
Corrine Sparks, Family Court Judge, Province of Nova Scotia
Darrin Talbot, Associate Partner – Business Tax Advisory, Ernst & Young LLP

* Denotes new Board Member in 2017
** Denotes new Board Member in 2016