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Coming home to Dal

The Honourable Scott Brison (BComm’89) has proudly championed his Dalhousie and Nova Scotia roots throughout his time in politics. Now, he gets to play an even greater role in his alma mater as its eighth chancellor.

HIS BACKSTORY: The Honourable Scott Brison represented the riding of Kings-Hants, Nova Scotia in Canada’s House of Commons for nearly two decades, serving in multiple cabinet positions including as President of the Treasury Board. After leaving politics in 2019, he joined BMO as vice-chair of investment and corporate banking and in June 2020 was appointed as the university’s eighth chancellor, succeeding his former cabinet colleague The Honourable A. Anne McLellan.

“Dalhousie gave me an opportunity to flourish—academically, in some ways, and in other areas like politics and business.”

HIGHLIGHTS: Brison is a Commerce alum who discovered politics and started his first business (renting mini-fridges) during his time at Dalhousie. As one of the first generation in his family to go to university, he’s seen first-hand what Dalhousie means to people across the Maritimes who grow up in small communities like his hometown of Chéverie, N.S. “Today, more than ever before, we need strong leaders. I really think Dal plays an important role in helping build the leadership of today and tomorrow.”

WHY I DO IT: The chancellor is a ceremonial position that presides over convocation ceremonies, something Brison has only been able to do virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As much as a video can hopefully convey my passion for Dalhousie and for Dal students, graduates and alumni, I really look forward to being able to do so in person.” He also hopes to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors and find unique ways to contribute to the university, citing a particular interest in education in government and public service. “Dal has a unique opportunity to cross-pollinate across faculties to produce leaders who can understand multiple disciplines including business, government and science. I think strengthening the relationships among faculties is something that can help create a new generation of citizens prepared to lead and to tackle the big challenges.”