Ralph Pickard Bell (1960-1968)
Ralph Pickard Bell was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 28, 1886, the son of Andrew Mackinlay Bell (1847-1918) and Mary Emerancy Pickard Bell (1847-1918). He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Mount Allison in 1907. After graduation he worked with the Fairbanks Company in western Canada, returning to Halifax in 1910. After the Halifax Explosion on Dec. 6, 1917, he became secretary of the Halifax Relief Commission. At the outbreak of the Second World War, he was called to Ottawa to assist the minister in the Department of Munitions and Supply, C.D. Howe. He ultimately became the Director-General for Aircraft Production in Canada, holding the post between 1940-1944. In 1943 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his war service and in 1944 was awarded an honorary degree by Mount Allison. He served as the first President of National Sea Products Limited from 1945 to 1953 and President of Halifax Insurance Company from 1954 to 1959. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1971. In 1960 he was chosen and installed as the first Chancellor of Mount Allison University and served in that capacity until he retired in 1968. During his tenure Bell oversaw the construction of numerous buildings on campus and was pleased when the University named the new library building in his honour. Ralph Pickard Bell passed away on March 31, 1975.
Harold Roy Crabtree (1968-1977)
Harold Roy Crabtree was born on March 2, 1918 in Montreal, Quebec. He graduated from Lower Canada College and received his BSc from McGill University in 1939. During the Second World War he joined the Canadian Army and served as an officer overseas. He was appointed an honorary colonel of the Royal Canadian Hussars of Montreal. Crabtree began his business career in 1956 with the Woods Manufacturing Company and within the space of ten years was elected chairman and president of that company. He was chairman and president of Wabasso Cotton Company Limited and subsidiaries, chairman of Fraser Companies Limited, and held a number of directorships, including in the Bank of Montreal, Sun Life Assurance Company, Dominion Glass Company, and Domtar Limited. He received an honorary doctor of laws from Mount Allison in 1963 and from Concordia University in 1967 and served on Mount Allison’s Board of Regents. He was installed as Mount Allison’s second chancellor on Oct. 17, 1968 and served in that capacity until 1977. Dr. Crabtree died on June 2, 1986.
Angus James MacQueen (1977-1985)
Angus James MacQueen was born in Port Morien, Cape Breton, NS on July 3, 1912. He received his Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in philosophy in 1933, a Licentiate in Theology in 1935, and a Bachelor of Divinity with first class honours in systematic theology from Pine Hill Divinity Hall in Halifax, NS in 1938. He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Pine Hill in 1958 and from Victoria College in 1960. MacQueen also received honorary doctorates from Mount Allison University and the University of Western Ontario in 1959. Rev. Dr. MacQueen served at Zion Robertson in Port Hawkesbury, NS (1936-1939), St. James in Antigonish, NS (1939-1942), Centenary – Queen Square in Saint John, NB (1942-1946), Robertson in Edmonton, AB (1946-1951), First-St. Andrew’s in London, ON (1951-1964), and St. George’s in Toronto, ON (1964-1980). He was elected Moderator of the United Church in Canada on Sept. 17, 1958 and served until 1960. MacQueen was installed as Mount Allison’s third Chancellor on Oct. 21, 1977 and served in that capacity until 1985. He died on Feb. 2, 2006.
Margaret Norrie McCain (1986-1994)
Margaret Laura Anne Norrie McCain was born on Oct. 1934 in Noranda, QC. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison in 1954 and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Toronto in 1955. McCain served as New Brunswick’s first female lieutenant-governor from 1994 to 1997. She has served on the boards or advisory councils of a number of not-for-profit organizations, including 18 years on the board of the National Ballet School, and has been involved in many early child development policy and program initiatives. She is a founding member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation and the Centre for Family Violence Research. She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998 and promoted to Companion in 2013. She became a member of the Order of New Brunswick in 2004 and has been awarded honorary degrees from at least 15 Canadian universities. She has served on Mount Allison’s Board of Regents and was awarded an honorary degree from the University in 1995. She was installed as Mount Allison’s fourth chancellor on May 11, 1986, serving in that role until 1994.
Harold Purdy Crawford (1995-2000)
Harold Purdy Crawford was born on Nov. 7, 1931 in Five Islands, NS. He graduated from Mount Allison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952 and went on to complete a law degree at Dalhousie University and a Master of Laws at Harvard Law School. He built one of the most respected resumés in Canadian business, first as a lawyer, then as a businessman. During his career, Crawford was chair of the Pan-Canadian Investors Committee; chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Imasco Ltd.; and head of the Ontario government’s Crawford Panel on a Single Canadian Securities Regulator. He also served on the boards of several prominent Canadian companies and organizations. He was made an Office of the Order of Canada in 1996 and promoted to Companion in 2008. Crawford maintained his connection with Mount Allison throughout his life, leading several fund raising campaigns and serving on the University’s Board of Regents, including a term as chair. He was awarded an honorary degree from Mount Allison in 1991 and the Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts was named in his honour in 2014. Crawford was installed as Mount Allison’s fifth chancellor on May 8, 1995. He died on Aug. 12, 2014.
John James Keith (2001-2005)
John James “Jim” Keith was born in Montreal, QC on May 30, 1936. He was a respected educator, assuming leadership positions with school districts in Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. His career culminated as superintendent of schools for the Kings County Amalgamated School Board in the Annapolis Valley, NS. He served as president of the Nova Scotia Schools Administrators’ Association and the Canadian Association of School Administrators. He was also affiliated and served on the boards of the Western Kings Memorial Hospital, Blanchard-Fraser Memorial Hospital, Valley Health Services Association, and Annapolis Valley Hospital Association. He was active with the Berwick Police Advisory Committee, Berwick Food Bank, Kentville Rotary Club, Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival, Western Kings Board of Trade, and the Kings County Regional Development Association. He served on the Mount Allison University Board of Regents for 13 years and received an honorary degree from the University in 2010. Keith was appointed Mount Allison’s sixth chancellors, serving from Jan. 1, 2001 to Dec. 31, 2004. He died on Feb. 23, 2011.
John Bragg (2005-2010)
John Bragg was born on May 3, 1940 in Springhill, NS. He received degrees in Commerce and Education from Mount Allison in 1962 and 1963 respectively. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Oxford Frozen Foods Limited and the President of Bragg Lumber Co., Ltd., Cherryfield Foods Inc., and Halcorp Limited. He also founded a cable television company known as Bragg Communications, which expanded to become Eastlink. He is a director of TD Bank Financial Group, Canada Bread Limited, and Sobeys Inc. and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996. Bragg has been awarded four honorary degrees, including one from Mount Allison in 1993. He has also served on Mount Allison’s Board of Regents. He was installed as Mount Allison’s seventh chancellor in 2005 and served until 2010.
Peter Mansbridge (2010-2017)
Peter Mansbridge was born on July 6, 1948 in London, England. He began his career as a broadcaster with CBC radio in Churchill, MB in 1968. In 1975 he became a reporter for The National and in 1988 took over as anchor of the program. He retired from his role as chief correspondent and anchor of The National, and host of CBC News Network’s Mansbridge One-on-One in July 2017. Over the course of his more than 45-year career, Mansbridge covered significant national and international news stories and interviewed many Canadian and world leaders. He received 12 Gemini awards, nine honorary degrees, and was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2008. Mansbridge first visited Mount Allison in the 1980s as part of the Students Administrative Council’s Speakers Series. He later served on the University’s National Advisory Council and was awarded an honorary degree from Mount Allison in 1999. Mansbridge was installed as Mount Allison’s eighth Chancellor on May 17, 2010 and served until Dec. 31, 2017.