The Centre for Canadian Studies and the academic Program in Canadian Studies share a long and proud history at the University. They were among the first of their kind in Canada. In 1969, Edgar and Dorothy Davidson established the Davidson Chair in Canadian Studies and Mount Allison introduced an interdisciplinary program of study that coordinated teaching and research on Canada in various departments and allowed students to pursue an undergraduate degree in Canadian Studies.
“The Anchorage,” historic home of Marion and Captain R.V. Bennett -- brother of former Canadian Prime Minister R.B. Bennett -- was subsequently bequeathed to Mount Allison to house the Centre for Canadian Studies. Officially opened in 1979 by then Governor-General of Canada, the Right Honourable Edward Schreyer, the Centre became an important institution dedicated to the study of Canada.
The Centre’s first director, the distinguished Dr. George Stanley -- and Centre directors since -- worked with colleagues from across campus, students, and visiting scholars to foster discussion and research about Canada at Mount Allison, through public lectures and special speaker events, conferences, workshops, and publications. Through the combined research and teaching activities of the Centre and the Program, Canadian Studies at Mount Allison has earned a national reputation of excellence.
Past directors of the Centre for Canadian Studies:
- 1969-1975 — Director, Dr. George F. G. Stanley
- 1975-1982 — Director, Dr. Douglas Lochhead
- 1982-1985 — Associate Director, Dr. John Reid
- 1985-1986 — Acting Director, Dr. Richard Knowles
- 1987-1991 — Dr. Lawrence McCann
- 1988-1989 — Associate Director, Dr. Carrie MacMillan
- 1990-1991 — Acting Director, Dr. Carrie MacMillan
- 1992-1993 — Acting Director, Dr. Terry Craig
- 1993-1994 — Acting Director, Dr. John Stanton
- 1995-2000 — Director, Raymond Blake
- 2000-2005 — Director, Dr. William Cross
- 2005-2010 — Director, Dr. Andrew Nurse
- 2010-2016 — Director, Dr. Christl Verduyn