The key role of the Presidents’ Council, which includes the four university presidents, sets the tone for innovation through the Maple League’s strategic vision, mission, and values with the support of the Maple League Executive Director.

Dr. Peter J. Ricketts
President and Vice-Chancellor, Acadia University | Chair of the Maple League’s Presidents’ Council

Dr. Peter J. Ricketts was appointed Acadia’s 16th President and Vice-Chancellor in April 2017, beginning his six-year term in July 2017. He is internationally-recognized for his expertise in coastal zones and ocean management.

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“Earning an undergraduate degree is a significant investment for students and their families and in the Maple League we are firmly convinced of the value of an education that includes the entire range of student interests. Small scale universities offer young people an opportunity to engage directly with faculty and their classroom peers, and in the community at large. It is nearly impossible to remain anonymous on a campus where almost the entire student body lives on or within several blocks of campus, so learning is a totally immersive experience. On every one of the Maple League campuses there are virtually limitless opportunities for volunteering in the community, giving students early exposure to what it means to be a member of a community and forming habits and building networks that will last a lifetime. University should be more than simply earning a degree: it should be about finding out what kind of person you can be, what your capabilities are, and how far your interests and expertise can take you in life.”


Dr. Kent MacDonald
President and Vice-Chancellor, St. Francis Xavier University

Dr. Kent MacDonald is the 18th President and Vice Chancellor of StFX University and a highly regarded leader in Canada’s post-secondary system.

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Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Bishop’s University

In August of 2008 Michael Goldbloom became the 18th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University. He was reappointed for a second five-year term in July 2013. In December 2013, Mr. Goldbloom was appointed to the Order of Canada for establishing several transformative civic organizations in Montreal and for his dedication to building bridges between the city’s English- and French-speaking communities.

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Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau
President and Vice-Chancellor, Mount Allison University

Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau became Mount Allison’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor on July 1, 2018. Dr. Boudreau is a champion of innovation and entrepreneurial education. His research as a developmental scientist focuses on the dynamic interaction between mind and action during infancy.

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