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Jack Buckley

Doctor of Civil Law

Since taking the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Nova Scotia Community College in 1991, Jack Buckley has worked toward strengthening the ties between business and education and giving them what they want - a trained and skilled workforce.

Educated in the public schools of Nova Scotia, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary's University, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

Before taking over the reigns at the College, he spent 20 years at Humber College in Toronto, in a number of positions, including the Dean of the School of Business. While at Humber, he was also involved in International Education and worked on a number of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) projects in the Caribbean, including being Acting President of the St. Vincent Technical College, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in 1985. In 1988 and 1989 he served as a consultant with the World Bank in Indonesia. He served three terms as an elected school trustee in the Dufferin-Peel School Board representing the City of Brampton, Ontario.

As President and CEO of the Nova Scotia Community College, Mr. Buckley has been instrumental in leading the renewal and revitalization of the College over the past three years. During this time he has served on the task force appointed by the Council of Maritime Premiers to review the role and mandate of the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC). He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, which is the only national body representing the interests of post secondary education in the field of international education. Mr. Buckley has recently been one of two Canadians selected to represent Canada at a UNESCO Symposium where a policy was developed by this world body for technical and vocational education in rural development.

Under his leadership the College has significantly increased both its full time enrollment and its volume of customized training over the past few years. His hard work and dedication has earned him an Honourary Doctor of Commerce.