Annual Acadia Business Banquet

The Annual Acadia Business Banquet is one of the premier events in the calendar of the School. It brings together business students and faculty from the university, as well as individuals from the local, regional, and national professional community. This event is organized by a student banquet chair and co-chair, with administrative support from the school.

2016 Keynote Speaker

Ray Ivany
Ray Ivany
President and Vice-Chancellor
Acadia University

Ray Ivany became the fifteenth President and Vice-Chancellor of Acadia University in April 2009.

A native of Sydney, Nova Scotia, Ivany was previously Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia and a Principal of the consulting firm, Ivany and Associates. Between 1998 and 2005, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and, prior to that, served as Executive Vice-President at the University College of Cape Breton. He is also Vice-Chair of Nova Scotia Business Inc., and a board member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and Nova Scotia Power Inc. In November 2012, he was appointed Chair of the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy.

Ivany has a long history of executive leadership and community involvement in Nova Scotia and across Canada. During his tenure at NSCC, he led a period of transformation, rapid growth in enrolment, and major expansion of campus infrastructure. Ivany has also advised various levels of government through appointments to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, Ontario Investing in Students Taskforce, and the Nova Scotia Premier’s Fiscal Management Taskforce.

His achievements have earned Ivany several awards of distinction. He was granted an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University in 2006; named to Maclean’s Honour Roll of Top Ten Canadians Who Made a Difference in 2004; and, that same year, was the Halifax Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. In 2011, he was inducted into the Atlantic Business Magazine Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame.

Past Keynote Speakers

Anne Robinson
Anne Robinson
Director, Supply Chain Strategy and Analytics
Verizon Wireless
Pamela Scott-Crace
Pamela Scott-Crace
Editor
Progress Magazine
Richard Mills
Richard Mills
Co-Head Executive VP & Managing Director
BMO Nesbitt Burns, Private Client Division
Mickey MacDonald
Mickey MacDonald
Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
Leanne Hachey
Leanne Hachey
Vice-president, Atlantic
Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Robert Deluce
Robert Deluce
President & CEO
Porter Airlines
Charlotte Burke
Charlotte Burke
Senior VP, Consumer Internet Services
Bell Canada
Trish Wheaton
Trish Wheaton
President
Wunderman Canada
David Ganong
David Ganong
Chairman of the Board
Ganong Brothers Ltd.
Sandra Greer
Sandra Greer
Chief Executive Officer
Amirix Systems Inc.
Gordon Hicks
Gordon Hicks
President
Brookfield LePage Johnson Controls
Alex MacBeath
Alex MacBeath
Executive Partner and CEO
Grant Thornton, LLP
Robert Waite
Robert Waite
Senior VP, Corporate Social Responsibility
Canada Post Corporation
Kathy Sarafian
Kathy Sarafian
President and General Manager
Advanced Medical Optics