Ray Ivany became the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia University in April 2009. A native of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Ray was previously Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and a Principal of the consulting firm, Ivany and Associates. Between 1998 and 2005, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and, prior to that, served as Executive Vice-President at the University College of Cape Breton. In November 2012, he was appointed Chair of the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy, and he currently Chairs the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust, is Past-Chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents, Vice-Chair of Nova Scotia Business Inc., former Council Member of the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, former Director of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and, Director Nova Scotia Power Inc., Governor, Rothesay Netherwood School and is an Advisor of Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre, of the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq.
Ray has a long history of executive leadership and community involvement in Nova Scotia and across Canada.
Ray has also advised various levels of government through appointments to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, Ontario Investing in Students Taskforce, and the Nova Scotia Premier’s Fiscal Management Taskforce, and the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy. His achievements have earned Ray several awards of distinction.