Ms. Aldéa Landry appointed new Chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne

Church Point, 2011, December 5th - Mr. Noël Després, chair of the Board of Governors of Université Sainte-Anne, is pleased to announce that Ms. Aldéa Landry has been appointed as Chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne. Ms. Landry succeeds Mr. Louis Deveau, who had been in the position since 2006.

"Throughout her career, Ms. Landry has made a outstanding contribution to the development of the Acadian and francophone community. Her great experience and numerous skills will complement those of the new president and ensure a promising future for Université Sainte-Anne", Mr. Després said. "It is the first time that a woman is appointed as Chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne. We are very pleased with this decision and hope that it will inspire a large number of our female students."

"I am proud and pleased with the appointment of Ms. Landry. Our new chancellor is a well-known and renowned figure in our community, in the business world and in the education world. Her experience at the local, national, and international levels is a great asset for our university".

- Allister Surette, President and Vice-Chancellor

Ms. Aldéa Landry is a lawyer and businesswoman who has worked for the New Brunswick Department of Justice, as a founding associate in a law firm, and as Deputy Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs responsible for Francophonie in the Frank McKenna government.

She is the President of Landal Inc., a consulting firm that provides integrated services in organizational and business development and international co-operation. She is also Vice-Chair of Diversis Inc., a consulting firm in immigration and cultural diversity management.

She is very active within her community and in the business and education worlds. She co-chaired the Downey-Landry New Brunswick Commission on Excellence in Education. She co-authored with Dr. James Downey the Commission's two reports: Schools for a New Century and To Live and Learn: The Challenge of Education and Training. She has also sat on the Boards of Governors of Université de Moncton and the University of New Brunswick and on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council on Learning.

She was chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (the first woman to hold this position) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada from 1995 to 2005. She was a member of the Security Intelligence Review Committee and chair of the of the Board of Directors of Vitalité Health Network from 2008 to 2011.

She is currently a board member for several businesses and national and community organizations, including Twin Rivers Papers Inc., the Bragg Group of Companies, The Shaw Group Ltd., the Canadian Investor protection Fund, Moosehead Breweries Ltd., Care Canada, the Canadian Council on Learning, Canadian Economic Education Foundation, Accreditation Canada, the Prime Minister's Advisory committee on the Renewal of the Public Service, and the Canadian University of Dubai.

Appointed Queen's Counsel in 1987 (Q.C.) and to the Privy Council of Canada in 2005 (P.C.), she was awarded the Order of Canada in 2006 (C.M.). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Université de Moncton (Collège Jésus-Marie de Shippagan) and a Bachelor of Law from the University of New Brunswick. She holds honorary doctorate degrees from the University of New Brunswick, Université de Moncton, Mount Saint Vincent University and Mount Allison University. She also received a Merit Award from Université de Moncton for her outstanding contribution to the development of the university and the Spiritus Award for her contribution to the advancement of women. In 1987, Chatelaine magazine named her one of the 25 most dynamic women in Canada. In 2003, she was chosen by Progress magazine as one of 20 Atlantic Canadians who represent the spirit of progress in Atlantic Canada. She was also recipient, in 2009, of the Muriel Fergusson Award created by the Greater Moncton Chamber of Commerce to recognize outstanding women in business and leadership roles. In 2009 and in 2010, she was named in the Top 100: Canada's Most Powerful Women by the Women's Executive Network.

"It is with humility and joy that I accept this appointment — humility, because it will be hard for me to succeed a leader such as Louis Deveau; and joy, because this position will enable me to contribute to the advancement of education and Francophonie. Our educational institutions play an essential role in the promotion, conservation, and enrichment of the French language. Université Sainte-Anne has been providing an exemplary contribution since its founding in 1890, be it in Acadie, at the national and international level, and with the anglophone world", Ms. Landry said.

Ms. Aldéa Landry took office as Chancellor of Université Sainte-Anne as soon as she was appointed, on November 19, 2011. However, the official ceremony will take place on May 12, 2012, during the graduation ceremonies. She was appointed for a five-year term, as provided for in the Université Sainte-Anne statutes. Her role will be of an honorary nature: she will be a member of the Board of Governors, she will preside over the graduation ceremonies, and she will be invited to the Université's official ceremonies and public events. She will also support the Université's president in his fund-raising activities.