President, Acadia Alumni Association
Ryan Conrod (’06)
Sydney, Nova Scotia, native Ryan Conrod (’06) already had plenty of experience in Acadia leadership roles when he became the new President of the Acadia Alumni Association in May 2018. As a student, he was President of the Acadia Students’ Union for his final two years, and in his last year he also chaired the board of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. He joined the Alumni Association board in 2013.
After graduating from Acadia with a BSc in Biology, Conrod moved to Toronto to complete a Juris Doctor in Law at the University of Toronto. With law degree in hand, he articled and practised in Halifax at the McInnes Cooper law firm. From there, he moved into a business and law role at the Seaboard Transport Group of Companies, based in Dartmouth, where he now serves as Vice-President Risk Management and Human Resources.
“My experiences at Acadia helped shape who I have become, and many of my closest friends to this day are people I met on campus.”
Conrod says he enjoys the additional time he gets to spend in Wolfville and on Acadia’s campus and is excited to be able to give back to the institution that served as a foundation for his professional career and extracurricular interests.
“Acadia provided a dynamic and supportive environment in which to test boundaries and learn about myself, my peers and the world around me,” he says. “My experiences at Acadia helped shape who I have become, and many of my closest friends to this day are people I met on campus.”
Besides donating his time to Acadia, Conrod is a donor to the Acadia Alumni Fund. “Acadia is an incredibly special place, and it is deserving of the support of all of those graduates who benefited so much from their experiences on campus,” he says. “I learned many lessons at Acadia that I carry with me today. Most importantly, I learned to challenge ideas and that the best ideas are always those that survive thoughtful scrutiny and debate.”