Ray Ivany became the fifteenth President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia University in April 2009.
A native of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Ivany 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. He is also Vice-Chair of Nova Scotia Business Inc., and a board member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and Nova Scotia Power Inc. In November 2012, he was appointed Chair of the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy.
Ivany has a long history of executive leadership and community involvement in Nova Scotia and across Canada. During his tenure at NSCC, he led a period of transformation, rapid growth in enrolment, and major expansion of campus infrastructure. Ivany 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.
His achievements have earned Ivany several awards of distinction. He was granted an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University in 2006; named to Maclean's Honour Roll of Top Ten Canadians Who Made a Difference in 2004; and, that same year, was the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. In 2011, he was inducted into the Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame.