Senator Terry Mercer BA'71
A long-time fundraiser and political organizer, Senator Terry M. Mercer was appointed to the Senate by the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien in November 2003. He represents the province of Nova Scotia and the Senatorial Division of Northend Halifax.
He is the Deputy Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry. He is also is a member of the Transport and Communication Committee and the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Library of Parliament.
Senator Mercer is one of three inspirational leaders who will receive Honorary degrees on October 18 and 19 during Convocation festivities held on campus. Other recipients include global business leader Colin MacDonald and Isabelle Toney-Shay Knockwood, a respected author and Mi’kmaw elder.
Senator Mercer served as Chair of the Senate Liberal Caucus from 2006-2012 and as the National Director of the Liberal Party of Canada from 1995-2003. Prior to that, he held a wide variety of executive positions with charitable institutions including the Metro Toronto Branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association, the YMCA of Greater Toronto, the Nova Scotia Lung Association, St. John Ambulance Nova Scotia Council, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada (Nova Scotia Branch).
An active member of the of the Nova Scotia and Ottawa Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Senator Mercer is a former Chair of the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy in Canada and was the founding member and Director of two chapters of AFP. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), he has lectured extensively on modern ethical fundraising techniques and served on the AFP Association Board of Directors and the AFP Canada Council.
Senator Mercer has a long history of voluntary service that includes membership on the boards of directors for the Halifax Police Boys & Girls Club, CFB Halifax Curling Club, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada. He was also a former Vice-President of the Adoptive Parents Association of Nova Scotia, a member of the Parish Council for St. Lawrence Church, Halifax; and the coach/manager for the Junior Curling Program and Little League Baseball.
Born in Halifax in 1947, Senator Mercer graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 1971with a Bachelor of Arts. An honoured recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, the Queen's Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, he lives in Mount Uniacke, Nova Scotia with his wife Ellen (nee Simmons). They have one son, Michael.
Senator Mercer’s wife, son and daughter-in-law are all graduates of Saint Mary’s.