Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Michael Boyd appointed Chair of the StFX Board of Governors

June 16th, 2017
Michael G. Boyd

St. Francis Xavier University President Dr. Kent MacDonald is pleased to announce that Michael G. Boyd ‘85 has been appointed Chair of the StFX Board of Governors.

Mr. Boyd is Managing Director and Head, Global Mergers & Acquisitions with CIBC World Markets. He has served two terms on the StFX Board of Governors, starting in 2012. At the June 2016 Annual General meeting, a motion was unanimously passed that Mike be appointed Board Chair for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2017.

“We’re delighted to welcome Mike into the role as Chair of the StFX Board of Governors. As a member of the board, he has contributed greatly, bringing his extensive knowledge and experience to many conversations. He is a proven leader and will continue to be a tremendous asset as StFX moves into the future,” Dr. MacDonald says.

Dr. MacDonald also thanked Mark Wallace, President and CEO of Medgate, who Mr. Boyd succeeds as board chair, for his outstanding contributions to his alma mater.

“StFX is very fortunate to have benefitted from Mark’s leadership, his innovation and strategic thinking. Mark has not only given of his time and talent, he led by example, directly supporting students, including a leadership gift to the Xaverian Fund for Scholarships and Bursaries,” said Dr. MacDonald. “On a more personal note, I wish to thank Mark for his invaluable insights and advice he has provided to me over the years.”  

“StFX is special. It’s a community renowned for academic excellence, and social justice and leadership opportunities. I am honoured and excited to have the privilege to give back and to help steward the university forward as Canada’s premier undergraduate experience,” Mr. Boyd said.

Mr. Boyd joined CIBC World Markets in 2009 as a Managing Director and Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to joining CIBC, he worked at Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. from 2000-2009 where he was a Managing Director and, since 2004, the Head of Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Boyd was a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. He has also worked as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group.

During his 23-year investment-banking career, Mr. Boyd has advised on numerous significant cross-border and domestic transactions involving Canadian companies. He has worked with many of Canada’s leading corporations including Barrick Gold, Sun Life Financial, Magna International, Canadian Tire, Goldcorp and Onex Corporation, among others.

Mr. Boyd received his honours Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University and Masters of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds his Chartered Professional Accountant designation and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Mr. Boyd is married to Lisa (Dorsey) ’87. They have three children -- Caroline, Laura and Ryan.


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