Dennice Leahey was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, received her BA from Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and studied at various institutions including Harvard.
She started in banking, working for two banks before joining RBC Financial Group. From a junior clerk, she rose through Human Resources, Corporate Banking, and Independent Business to be Regional President of Manitoba, Nunavut, and North-western Ontario, retiring as Senior Vice President and Ombudsman for the organization’s employees and customers world-wide.
Volunteering throughout her career, she sat on Hospital, University, College, Aboriginal, Government, Cultural Institution, and Community Boards. Recently Dennice was on the board of Mount Saint Vincent University and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, L’Arche Canada Foundation, and The Order of St. Lazarus.
She is currently Chair of Symphony Nova Scotia, Chair of the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, and director of Atlantic Institute of Market Studies. As recognition of her community activities she was awarded The Eagle Feather by the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg, Woman of the Year by the Winnipeg YWCA, and Honourary Citizen of Winnipeg. In June 2005 she was named a Member of the Order of Canada and in 2012 she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Her interests include travelling, golf, gardening, music and family especially her four grandchildren.
Dennice is currently serving a two-year term (until 2017) as Past Chair of the Board.