Mary Bluechardt biography

Mary Bluechardt

Universities Canada board director

Mary Bluechardt began her term as the 13th president and vice-chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University on July 1, 2017. 

Dr. Bluechardt is a director on the board of Universities Canada and serves on the association’s International Committee. 

Dr. Bluechardt is an experienced academic and administrative leader, with more than 25 years in the postsecondary sector. Before joining the Mount, she was the vice-president (Grenfell Campus), Memorial University of Newfoundland, located in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Prior to her position at MSVU, Dr. Bluechardt served as dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at  Ontario Tech University and as dean of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University. She was a professor at the University of Regina for 17 years, in both the faculties of Kinesiology and Health Studies, and Education, with expertise in adapted physical activity. She also worked with Special Olympics Canada for five years as national director of coach development. 

Born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario, Dr. Bluechardt is an active community leader, having been a volunteer with Special Olympics Canada for many years and today serving as a member of the Special Olympics Nova Scotia Board of Directors. She is also a board of directors member for Research Nova Scotia, Canadian Sport for Life and Physical Literacy for Life, as well as a member of the International Women’s Forum (Atlantic Chapter), and co-chair of the Social Equity Working Group for the Province of Nova Scotia. 

Dr. Bluechardt holds a PhD in exercise science and health promotion from the University of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of physical and health education and a Master of science in coaching both from Lakehead University.  

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