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Scott Brison to become Dalhousie University's next chancellor

Brison will officially be installed as Dalhousie’s eighth chancellor as part of spring convocation in 2020
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Dalhousie University is pleased to announce that the Honourable Scott Brison will become the university’s eighth chancellor. A prominent Canadian politician and accomplished business leader, Scott has deep family roots in Nova Scotia and strong ties with Dalhousie.

“Scott Brison brings a breadth of experience and perspective to the role of chancellor that will greatly benefit the Dalhousie community here in our region, across North America and globally,” says Teri Balser, interim president and vice-chancellor Dalhousie University. “Scott is a respected and accomplished leader and the university is extremely pleased to have his counsel and support in the years to come.”

Mr. Brison earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Dalhousie University in 1989 and is well known for his service in public life. As a Member of Parliament for Kings-Hants in Nova Scotia, Mr. Brison was elected to Canada’s House of Commons seven consecutive times over 21 years.

During that time, he served in government in key roles, most recently as President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government from 2015 to 2019. He was the Minister of Public Works and Government Services from 2004 to 2006, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with special emphasis on Canada-U.S. relations from 2003 to 2004. Currently Mr. Brison is the Vice-Chair, Investment & Corporate Banking with BMO Capital Markets, based in Toronto.

“Though I’ve chosen a new chapter in my life, in terms of my career, I continue to feel just as passionately about public service now as I ever did, and I’ve been actively thinking about the right opportunities to serve not just my country, but my region,” says Scott Brison. “I’m a passionate Canadian, but Atlantic Canada is part of my DNA. I really believe that a strong, vibrant Atlantic Canada is important for Canada, and Dalhousie plays a central and critically important role to the future of Atlantic Canada.”

The chancellor is the titular head of Dalhousie University, carrying out the ceremonial and official duties of the university. Under the statutes governing Dalhousie, the Board of Governors has the power to appoint and determine the tenure and duties of the Chancellor. The position is a voluntary one and serving as the Chancellor constitutes significant public service.

“The role of chancellor is both a ceremonial and an ambassadorial one: advocating for the university across the region, country, and as available, globally; serving as a member of Dalhousie’s Board of Governors; and overseeing spring and fall convocation ceremonies,” says Candace Thomas, chair Dalhousie Board of Governors. “Mr. Brison has long been a champion of Dalhousie University. He has been an ardent supporter of our people and the work of the university and recognizes the impact it has on our province, region and country.”

The university also thanks the Honourable A. Anne McLellan, the university’s current chancellor, for her continued insight, passion and commitment to the university. Ms. McLellan’s term will end at the end of May 2020. As an esteemed Canadian leader, a prominent alumnus and one of the Dalhousie’s strongest advocates, she will continue to be an important part of the university community in the years to come.

“Scott’s passion for Dalhousie is matched only by his commitment to this region and to his country,” says Anne McLellan. “He has been a devoted public servant and will be an outstanding ambassador for this great university. To have him succeed me as chancellor fills me with pride – as a fellow Dalhousian, a former colleague and a dear friend.”

Mr. Brison will officially be installed as Dalhousie’s eighth chancellor as part of spring convocation in 2020. The specific date is yet to be determined. His term as chancellor will be for three years.

For more on Mr. Brison, visit Dal News,


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