6 / Summer 2012 / RECORD
onvocation 2012 was all about connections: remember-
ing the connections you have made, acknowledging your
connection to the world around you and the impact you
have on it, and using the shared experience of Mount Allison to
make new connections in the future.
Chancellor Peter Mansbridge conferred degrees on 426 students
at the May 14 Convocation ceremonies. In his remarks, Mans-
bridge encouraged students to strive for the extraordinary, while
President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell told the Class
of 2012 it was an exceptional class that had made an enormous
impact on him and his family, as well as on the entire Mount
Alumni board president David Rose told graduates they were likely
to come across Mount Allison alumni just about anywhere in the
world, making for an instant link regardless of age.
This year's honorary degree recipients included Nobel Peace
Prize nominee and world-renowned climate change and human
rights advocate Dr. Sheila Watt-Cloutier; Pulitzer prize finalist,
experimental psychologist, and Harvard University professor
Dr. Steven Pinker; pre-eminent ecologist Dr. David Schindler;
and Dr. Moira W. Brown, a leading right whale researcher. Pinker
addressed the morning convocation, while Watt-Cloutier spoke at
the afternoon ceremony.
Drama student Jeffrey O'Hara was elected by his peers to deliver
the valedictory address and reflected on "The Story of the Class of
2012." He spoke about how each member has impacted the others
and the way that impact will carry forward into the years ahead.
Mount Allison celebrates convocation
tlantic Business Magazine has honoured Mount Allison
President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell with
a Top 50 CEO award for the second consecutive year. The
annual Top 50 list was unveiled at a gala in Halifax on May 9.
"I am honoured to once again be included in such a distinguished
group of leaders and proud to represent New Brunswick among
these Top 50 CEOs," says Campbell. "This award is an acknowl-
edgement of the focus we place on excellence. We fundamentally
believe that by placing excellence at the centre of what we do, we
will achieve our goal of being recognized as one of North Ameri-
ca's best undergraduate universities."
Mount Allison is already recognized as Canada's best undergrad-
uate university, topping the
Maclean's magazine rankings a record
15 times. Under Campbell's leadership, Mount Allison has been
first in its category for the past five years in a row.
Campbell says he is happy to participate in an event like the Top
50 CEO Awards, which celebrates leadership that focuses on sus-
tainability. He says it also functions as another means of account-
ability and a performance measurement for students, supporters,
and the community.
Three Mount Allison alumni were named to the Top 50 CEO
list this year, including Malcolm Fraser ('92), CEO of ISL
web marketing and development in Halifax, NS; Dr. Brian
McMillan ('74), President of Holland College in Charlottetown,
PEI; and Barry Kyle ('77), CEO of Industrial Rubber Com-
pany in Bathurst, NB. Kyle was also recently appointed to Mount
Allison's Board of Regents.
campbell named to top 50
President and Chancellor Dr. Robert Campbell, right, accepts his
Top 50 CEO Award from Danny Seraglio, vice-president, Eastern
Canada, for Telus.