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: Lawrence Stordy, QC named new chair of Dalhousie's Board of Governors

June 25, 2014

We are pleased to congratulate Halifax partner Lawrence (Larry) Stordy, QC, who has been named the new chair of the Dalhousie Board of Governors. On Tuesday, June 23, the board officially confirmed Larry will replace Jim Spatz in the role starting July 1.

Larry is a Dalhousie alumnus twice over, with a bachelor of laws and a master of business administration. He has held the position of lecturer in business law and corporate finance at the Schulich School of Law. Stordy says that he's learned a lot from past board chairs, the Honourable James Cowan, QC, and Jim Spatz.

"A good chair is a master at directing traffic and getting to a consensus, making sure to take the temperature of the room, allowing everyone a chance to speak, but at the end of the day they have to be able to wrap it up into a decision. That was the strength of both Jims."

Larry is optimistic about the future of Dalhousie, and is eager to get started in his new role.

"Being a chair of Dalhousie's Board is a big challenge, but it's exciting. It's a great board, and a quality institution, and a real honour to be its chair."

Larry continues what is a strong historical connection between Stewart McKelvey and Dalhousie University, one that stretches back to James McGregor Stewart, QC, who joined the Dalhousie University Board of Governors in 1929 and was elected as chair of its Board of Governors in 1937.

Sir Graham Day, QC, counsel, later served as Chancellor at the University between 1994 and 2001 and Senator Jim Cowan, QC, joined as a member of the board in 1971 and acted as chair between 2000 and 2008.

Larry has been an Order in Council Appointee on Dalhousie's Board of Governors since 2007. He was acting as Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and a member on the Executive, Steering, Audit and Human Resources Committees.

He is joined on the board by fellow partner, Candace Thomas, who was named chair of Governance and Nominating Committee as Larry's replacement.

Congratulations, Larry.

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