Peter Mansbridge’s association with Mount Allison spans more than 20 years.
He first visited campus in the 1980s as part of the Students Administrative Council’s Speakers Series. He delivered the inaugural lecture in Canadian Studies in 1997 and has served on the University’s National Advisory Council.
He received an honorary degree from Mount
Allison in 1999 and was named Chancellor in 2009. He was appointed to a
second term in February 2013. His current term extends to December 2017.
Mansbridge’s journalism career spans 45 years. He is currently chief correspondent and anchor of CBC’s The National, and host of CBC News Network’s Mansbridge One-on-One.
He has covered many significant stories in Canada and internationally and interviewed many Canadian and world leaders. He has received 12 Gemini awards, nine honorary degrees, and was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.
In 2011 Mansbridge established the Mansbridge Internship Program at Mount Allison.
Valued at $10,000 annually, the internship is a unique opportunity for third-year students, allowing them to develop attitudes, abilities, and skills essential to active participation in an increasingly globalized and interconnected society.
Past recipients include Monica Jepson
(’12), who travelled to Kenya with the organization Medics to Africa in
2011; Lia D’Abate (’14), who carried out stem cell research at Stanford
University; Sarah McNeil (’15) who travelled to Indonesia to work
with the Dejavato Foundation, an Indonesian-based NGO that provides
social services through an international volunteer network in 2013;
Margaret Kromminga (’15), who volunteered in Zambia
with a focus on HIV/AIDS education and awareness, youth leadership and
development, and practical skills training for youth in 2013; and Graham May (’15) , who travelled to Greenland and
Canada’s Artic to study resource management, development, and practices in 2014.
Mansbridge also established the Cynthia Dale Fine Arts Scholarship, and during the fall of 2012, with his support, Mount Allison launched the first Mansbridge Summit, an annual exercise of immersion and discovery for students on a topic of current interest.