Mount Allison University

From its founding in 1839, encouraging community engagement and social impact has been an integral part of Mount Allison’s educational mission.

Committed to creating and disseminating knowledge through a critical liberal arts and sciences approach, members of our community aspire to our signature goal of making meaningful contributions both at home and in the wider world.

Situated in Canada’s only bilingual province, with strong Indigenous connections, Mount Allison ultimately seeks to better understand how engaged citizenship can advance small communities in Canada.

Participants and sponsors

Jean-Paul Boudreau, President, Mount Allison University

Jean-Paul Boudreau


Mount Allison University’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Boudreau has 25 years of experience in Canadian Higher Education. He has held numerous leadership positions including as chair of the department of psychology, dean of arts, and special advisor and executive lead, social innovation at Ryerson University (2003-2018) and the University of Prince Edward Island (1994-2003). An international leader in social innovation and community engagement, he has held transformative roles including as co-founder of a social innovation incubator (Social Ventures Zone), change leader of an Ashoka U campus (Ryerson University), and member of the Universities Canada Social Impact Advisory Committee. A Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, Dr. Boudreau is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and Laurentian University and earned his PhD in experimental psychology from Tufts University in Boston.

Kim Meade

Vice-President, International and Student Affairs

Kim Meade is Mount Allison University’s Vice-President, International and Student Affairs. Meade is the co-chair of the New Brunswick Experiential Learning Steering Committee which has launched the FutureReady NB initiative. She Joined Mount Allison in 2015, coming from Brock University serving as Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President Student Services. Meade’s Atlantic Canadian roots run deep as she served as director of enrolment management at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS and completed her MA in 1990 at Acadia University.

Kim Meade Vice-President, International and Student Affairs, Mount Allison University
Fiona Black, Associate Professor of Western Religions, Mount Allison University

Fiona Black

Associate Professor of Western Religions

Fiona Black is Professor of Religious Studies at Mount Allison. She researches and teaches in the areas of Western religions, scriptural texts and their interpretation, gender issues and post-colonial thought. Her classroom practice focuses on understanding religious traditions from marginalized perspectives and includes a variety of collaborative, project-based and experiential opportunities. Together with colleagues from Geography & Environment, Sociology and Religious Studies, she is co-director of R-PEACE, Research Partnerships for Education and Community Engagement ( R-PEACE’s vision is for an integrated learning community. It researches and develops pedagogical initiatives for engaged learning through the creation of meaningful connections between Mount Allison University and the local communities of Sackville, Dorchester, Port Elgin, Memramcook, Amherst, and others. R-PEACE seeks to support students’ development of themselves as engaged citizens of their communities.

Krista Steeves

Director of Experiential Learning and Career Development 

Krista Steeves has recently returned to Mount Allison to become the Director of Experiential Learning and Career Development. She has held a variety of positions in Student Life and spent the last 18 years at the University of Toronto. She has held several positions including Campus Life and Residence Life Co-ordinator, been the Assistant Director of Student Services at the School of Graduate Studies and most recently was the Associate Dean of Students at Victoria College. Working with students to identify supports needed and developing appropriate programming has always been a personal area of interest. Krista is a Mount Allison grad with a BA in Sociology and Anthropology, she holds a Masters degree in Higher Education as well as Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Toronto.

Krista Steeves, Director of Experiential Learning and Career Development, Mount Allison University