Ray Ivany, a native of Sydney, Nova Scotia, joined the NSCC as President and Chief Executive Officer in October 1998. Over the past fifteen years he has been active in shaping post-secondary education and economic development policy within the region as a member of the Nova Scotia Research, Development and Innovation Advisory Board, Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission and the Nova Scotia Voluntary Planning Board. He has also served as Special Advisor on education, training and sustainable development at the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in Moncton and as a member of the Federal Task Force on the Northern Cod Fishery in Ottawa.
Mr. Ivany holds two community college diplomas, a Bachelor of Arts from St. Francis Xavier University and a Masters of Science from East Tennessee State University where he studied as a Rotary International Scholar. His research career included an appointment as a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Environmental Science and Physiology at Harvard University.
In March 1999 the Prime Minister of Canada appointed Mr. Ivany to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy. He also serves on the Board of the Metropolitan Halifax Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Canadian College Presidents Network.
Since coming the NSCC, Mr. Ivany has completed a strategic planning process which resulted in a new Mission - Building Nova Scotia's economy and quality of life through education and innovation, and a new portfolio-based academic model.