Elizabeth Parr-Johnston

Elizabeth Parr-Johnston

Infobox University Chancellor
name = Dr. Elizabeth Parr-Johnston, C.M.

caption = Dr. Elizabeth Parr-Johnston, C.M.
order = 16th
university = President of the University of New Brunswick
term_start = 1996
term_end = 2002
birth_date = 1939
birth_place = New York, New York flagicon|USA
death_date =
death_place =
predecessor =
successor = [http://www.unb.ca/president/cv.html John D. Mclaughlin]
alma_mater = B.A.-Wellesley College, 1961
M.A.-Yale University, 1963
PhD - Yale University, 1973
residence = Chester Basin, Nova Scotia
profession = Economic Policy Consultant
religion = Anglican
salary =
spouse = Archibald F. Johnston 1982-Present
children = Peter V.S. Bond (born October 30, 1966)
Kristina A. Bond (born October 15, 1969)
website = [http://www.linkedin.com/pub/5/1b4/953 Biography]
footnotes =|

Elizabeth Parr-Johnston, C.M., Ph. D, D. Litt. (born Elizabeth H. Parr in 1939 in New York, NY) is the Managing Partner of Parr-Johnston Consultants, an economic policy consultancy based in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia. Dr. Parr-Johnston is a past president of 2 Canadian Universities, a recipient of the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal in 1992, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Order of Canada in 2008.

Professional career

Academia & Civil Service

In 1962, after completing her Masters in Economics from Yale University, Dr. Parr-Johnston moved to Canada. She taught Economics at the University of Western Ontario, Huron College, the University of British Columbia and Carleton University. Dr. Parr-Johnston would relocate to the United States of America briefly in 1971 to teach at her Father’s alma mater, Wesleyan University before returning to Canada to join the federal civil service in various capacities over the next 5 years. [http://www.scotiabank.com/cda/content/0,1608,CID8446_LIDen,00.html Scotiabank - Elizabeth Parr-Johnston, Ph.D ] ] In 1974, Dr. Parr-Johnston completed her doctoral work and earned her PhD in Economics from Yale University.

Private Sector

Dr. Parr-Johnston accepted the position of Senior Policy Analyst and Director of Government Affairs at Inco in 1976 where she remained for 3 years. She returned to the private sector in 1980, joining Shell Canada where she held numerous senior positions over her 10 year tenure. [http://www.sdtc.ca/en/about/boards/parrjohnstone.htm SDTC Biography ] ]

Employment & Immigration Canada

In 1979, Dr. Parr-Johnston won a political appointment as the Chief of Staff to Ron Atkey, the Canadian Minister of Employment and Immigration during the short-lived Conservative minority government. Among her many accomplishments at the Ministry, Dr. Parr-Johnston was involved in the secret extraction of six American Embassy workers who escaped to the safety of the Canadian Embassy in Tehran during the Iran hostage crisis. [ [http://www.wilsoncenter.org/index.cfm?event_id=107570&fuseaction=events.event_summary Revisiting Canada’s Contribution to Resolving the Iranian Hostage Crisis ] ]

Mount Saint Vincent University

In 1991, Dr. Parr-Johnston was installed as the 8th President and Vice-Chancellor of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She served a full five year term, leading Canada’s only university dedicated primarily to the education of women. On June 16, 1995, coinciding with the 21st G7 summit taking place in Halifax, Dr. Parr-Johnston awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters to First Lady of the United States of America, Hillary Clinton, a fellow alumna of Wellesley College. The mount has established an endowed scholarship in the name of Dr. Parr-Johnston. [ [http://www.msvu.ca/calendar/AcademicRegulations/FinancialAwards/Scholarships.asp Mount Saint Vincent University Academic Calendars 2007-2008 | Financial Awards ] ]

University of New Brunswick

Dr. Parr-Johnston was installed as the 16th President of the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 1996. She completed one full six-year term in office before retiring to Nova Scotia with her husband Archie. In 2004, Dr. Parr-Johnston returned to UNB and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters for her contributions to the field of education.

Boards of Directors & Trustees

* Scotiabank
* Emera Incorporated [ [http://www.emera.com/aboutus/boardofdirectors.shtml Emera ] ]
* Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy [ [http://www.unb.ca/crisp/index.php Canadian Research Insitute for Social Policy ] ]
* Millennium Scholarships [http://www.millenniumscholarships.ca/en/aboutus/Directors.asp Millennium Scholarships]
* W.L. Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships [ [http://www.mkingscholarships.ca/history.html Mackenzie King Scholarships - History ] ]
* FutureGenerations Canada [ [http://www.futuregen.ca/board_of_directors Board of Directors | Future Generations Canada ] ]
* Sustainable Development Technology Canada
* National Theater School [ [http://www.ent-nts.qc.ca/nts/sch_status.htm National Theatre School ] ]
* Council of Canadian Academies [ [http://www.scienceadvice.ca/governance.html Council of Canadian Academies | Conseil des académies canadiennes ] ]
* Empire Company Limited [http://www.secinfo.com/$/SEC/Filings.asp?AN=0000950172-99-000510&Find=Elizabeth+parr-johnston&Page=1&List=Docs&Show=Each]
* Chester Golf Club [ [http://www.chestergolfclub.ca/club-course/people.htm Chester Golf Club: People at the club ] ]
* FPI Limited


On March 20, 2005, the Canadian Minister of Finance announced the appointment of Dr. Parr-Johnston to the Independent Panel for [http://www.eqtff-pfft.ca/english/index.asp Equalization and Territorial Formula Financing] [ [http://www.fin.gc.ca/news05/05-020e.html Minister of Finance Announces Members of Expert Panel on Equalization and Territorial Formula Financing ] ] . The purpose of the Panel was to examine the existing system of Federal transfer payments to the Provinces and to recommend necessary changes to the process. The [http://www.eqtff-pfft.ca/epreports/EQ_Report_e.pdf final report] was delivered to the Minister in May 2006 and was adopted in its entirety by the Prime Minister of Canada.

Order of Canada

On February 22, 2008, Dr. Parr-Johnston was installed by the Governor General of Canada as a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour. Dr. Parr-Johnston was recognized for her lifetime contributions to the field of education. [ [http://www.gg.ca/media/doc.asp?lang=e&DocID=5131 Governor General Announces New Appointments to the Order of Canada ] ] The Investiture Ceremony programme read as follows:

"For decades, Elizabeth Parr-Johnston has made important contributions to the educational and voluntary sectors in Canada. As president of two universities in Atlantic Canada, she was highly respected for creating increased opportunities for women, notably by mentoring female faculty and by making education more accessible to women. Her expertise and wise counsel have been sought by public, private and community boards including those of the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and Symphony Nova Scotia. As head of her own consulting company, she continues to contribute to public policy development in Canada." [Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony Programme - 2008-2-22]


* Grover Cleveland High SchoolValedictorian, 1957
* Wellesley CollegeB.A. Economics, 1961 (ΦΒΚ),(Woodrow Wilson Fellow)
* Yale UniversityM.A. Economics, 1962
* Yale UniversityPhD Economics, 1974
* Harvard Business School – [http://www.exed.hbs.edu/programs/amp/ Advanced Management Program]
* University of New BrunswickD.Litt. (Honorary), 2004

Personal life

Dr. Parr-Johnston is the oldest child of F. Van S. Parr, Jr. and Helene Parr. Her late father was the Senior Partner of [http://www.whitmanbreed.com Whitman & Ransom] and former National President of the Chi Psi (ΧΨ) Fraternity. Her brother, [http://www.heartsurgeons.com/gp1.html Dr. Grant V.S. Parr] , is the former Chief of Cardiothoracic surgery at [http://www.atlantichealth.org Atlantic Health] . Her sister [http://www-psych.rutgers.edu/people/faculty.html Sally Cerny] is an Instructor of Psychology at Rutgers University.

On March 9, 1982, at the [http://rcmi.org Royal Canadian Military Institute] in Toronto, Ontario, Dr. Parr-Johnston married Archibald F. Johnston, former Vice President of General Electric. Between them, they have 6 children, all from prior marriages. Currently, they reside in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia with their cat Faith and their dogs Dustin & Magnus.

External links


* [http://www.scotiabank.com/cda/content/0,1608,CID8446_LIDen,00.html Scotiabank]
* [http://www.sdtc.ca/en/about/boards/parrjohnstone.htm Sustainable Development Technology Canada]
* [http://www.millenniumscholarships.ca/en/aboutus/parrjohnston.asp Millennium Scholarships]
* [http://www.linkedin.com/pub/5/1B4/953 LinkedIn.com]


* [http://www.couch.ca/history/1993/ParrJohnston.html Address to Couchiching Conference, 1993]
* [http://www.federatedpress.com/PDF/ACE0610-E.pdf Best Practices for Audit Committee Effectiveness – October 2006]


* [http://www.gg.ca/media/doc.asp?lang=e&DocID=5131 Appointment to the Order of Canada]
* [http://www.cmec.ca/releases/20000720.en.stm Online Learning Study press release]


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