Dr. Tom Traves served as President of Dalhousie University from 1995 to 2013, leading the university through a period of unprecedented growth in student and faculty numbers, research dollars, and world-wide reputation.
During his time as president, he negotiated transformational mergers with the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS) and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC), resulting in the establishment of three additional Dalhousie campuses, including a new medical school campus in St. John, NB, and four new Faculties. Shortly before the end of his fourth term as President, Dalhousie completed its $280-million Bold Ambitions campaign – the largest fund development initiative in Atlantic Canadian history.
Over the years, Dr. Traves served as Chair of the Board of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents, and Chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities. Dr. Traves currently acts as a member of the Board of the Clearwater Seafoods Inc. and Innovacorp and previously he participated on the Board of the Maritime Life Assurance Company and the Advisory Board of AT&T Canada, as well as the Greater Halifax Partnership board.
For many years Dr. Traves worked as a labour arbitrator on the Ontario Crown Employees Grievance Settlement Board and he volunteered as a member of the Treasury Board of Canada’s Senior Employees Compensation Committee. With his lifelong interest in the arts, Dr. Traves served previously as Chair of the Fredericton Council of the Arts and on the Board of JazzEast, which organizes the Halifax Jazz Festival.
Prior to joining Dalhousie, Dr. Traves served as Vice-President (Academic) at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and as Dean of Arts at York University in Toronto. He holds a B.A. from the University of Manitoba and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from York University. He has written extensively on Canadian economic development. Dr. Traves received honorary degrees from Umea University in Sweden and the University of King’s College. He also served as Honorary Colonel 12 Wing Shearwater and received the Queen’s Golden and Silver Anniversary Medals.
Currently, Dr. Traves is President Emeritus and a Professor in the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University.
Dr. Traves is currently serving a one-year term on the Board.