The Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents (CONSUP), founded in 1982, is an informal body consisting of the presidents of the 10 degree-granting institutions in the province. CONSUP members meet on a regular basis to deal with matters of common concern, and also meet on occasion with the appropriate minister and/or the premier. The objectives of the Council are to work for the improvement of higher education in Nova Scotia, to exercise leadership in matters concerning post-secondary education, to promote cooperation and interuniversity planning among those institutions listed in the membership, to be the channel of collective communication between the universities and the government, as well as between the universities and other bodies or individuals. The Council will make or recommend appointments to national, regional and provincial bodies as required.

The secretariat of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) serves as the secretariat for CONSUP. The members of CONSUP are also members of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU).

The presidents of the 10 degree-granting institutions in Nova Scotia are: Acadia University, Atlantic School of Theology, Cape Breton University, Dalhousie University, University of King’s College, Mount Saint Vincent University, NSCAD University, Université Sainte-Anne, St. Francis Xavier University and Saint Mary’s University.

Mr. David Dingwall, President, Cape Breton University, Chair
Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray, President, Saint Mary’s University, Vice-Chair
Dr. Jeff Hennessy, President, Acadia University
Rev. Dr. Heather McCance, President, Atlantic School of Theology
Dr. Kim Brooks, President, Dalhousie University
Prof. William (Bill) Lahey, President, University of King’s College
Dr. Joël Dickinson, President, Mount Saint Vincent University
Dr. Peggy Shannon, President, NSCAD University
Dr. Andrew Hakin, President, St. Francis Xavier University
Mr. Allister Surette, Recteur, Université Sainte-Anne

May 2023 – Export Value of Universities in Nova Scotia – Nova Scotia’s universities are the second largest export revenue sector behind fishing and ahead of tire manufacturing and seafood preparation & packing. The combined value of student and research exports is $1.5 billion!

December 2017 – Export Value of Nova Scotia Universities – Nova Scotia’s universities are the third largest export revenue sector behind tire manufacturing and seafood preparation & packaging. The combined annual value of student and research exports is $886 million!


A strong Nova Scotia needs strong universities. As Nova Scotia moves toward recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the province’s universities will help accelerate our collective effort to build back better.

By ensuring high quality education for students from Nova Scotia, across the country and from around the world; providing skills training for workers displaced by the pandemic and, driving research and innovation for the province’s future, our ten universities will support communities across Nova Scotia, to emerge stronger on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic and help build a stronger, more innovative and more inclusive province.

Economic recovery is inextricably linked to province-wide population growth…

A group of local economists, academics, and representatives have banded together to launch the One Nova Scotia (One NS) dashboard – a digital tool that measures progress on the Ivany goals. The new dashboard brings objective information and data about key Nova Scotia economic and demographic indicators together in one place, and makes it accessible to anyone, at any time.

OneNS Dashboard