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Saint Mary's Community Celebrates the Contributions of Jack Keith

Date Published: May 10, 2018


It is fair to say that Jack Keith is a Saint Mary's institution.

His contributions have made enormous impact on the Sobey School of Business, the University as a whole, and the greater community. Dr. Keith's role in Saint Mary's history was celebrated at an intimate dinner of his philanthropic peers.


Jack Keith with his family: sister Carole Wright, from Winnipeg; wife Yvonne Keith; and daughter Jennifer Doyle, from Toronto.

Above: Jack Keith with his family: sister Carole Wright, from Winnipeg; wife Yvonne Keith; and daughter Jennifer Doyle, from Toronto.

Banking Career

Dr. Keith worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia for over 40 years, holding several domestic and international postings in London, New York and Jamaica throughout his career. In 2001, he retired from the Bank as Senior Vice-President of the Atlantic Region, a position he held for 15 years.

Roles with the Saint Mary's Community

Jack served as Chairman of the Board of Governors at Saint Mary's from 1994 to 1997 during the very difficult times of rationalisation and he represented the University in negotiations that led to the Halifax Consortium. He served as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Governors, Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Major Gifts Division and was a member of the Executive Committee and the Investment Committee.

Jack has been Chair of the Advisory Council, Sobey School of Business since 2001.

He was a member of the Alumni & Friends Division, Hearts & Minds Capital Campaign. During this campaign he established two awards,  the Jack and Yvonne Entrance Award and the David Keith Memorial Athletic Award.

Awards and Recognitions

Dr. Keith was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1993 for his outstanding volunteerism in education, the arts and cancer fundraising. In 1998, Saint Mary's recognized Jack Keith’s contributions with an Honorary Doctor of Commerce.

He was awarded the Honorary Gold "M" in 1997 by the Saint Mary's University Student Association. This award is given to a non-student in recognition of their contribution to student affairs.

Impact on the Greater Community

Dr. Keith has held community service roles including President of the Halifax Club, Chairman of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, Chairman of the Nova Scotia Committee of the Canadian Bankers Association, Chairman of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia where he has been named Honorary Governor (for life), Chairman of the Halifax Millennium Committee, Chairman of Cancer Care Nova Scotia, a member of the World Wildlife Canada Atlantic Council and has served on several other boards and committees.

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