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Neale Bennet

Reverend Neale Bennet is an Anglican priest with a background in post-secondary education, strategic organizational leadership, organizational learning, and leadership development. Since July 1, 2015 Reverend Bennet has served as President of Atlantic School of Theology (AST), one of Nova Scotia's ten universities.

Neale was ordained in 2004 and before that enjoyed a successful career in marketing and communications. In 1994 he took a leave of absence from his business to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier of Nova Scotia.

Prior to taking up his appointment at AST Neale was Director of Organizational Learning at Nova Scotia Community College and previously was Director of Organizational Development and Transformation at Capital District Health Authority where he served as a member of the executive team with responsibility for the implementation of Capital Health's strategic plan.

For several years Neale co-led the Vision, Strategy and Support Team on Building Healthy Leadership for the Anglican Diocese of Nova Scotia and PEI and was a conference leader at the annual diocesan gathering for those discerning a call to ordained ministry.

An Honourary Assistant at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Halifax, Neale has served on the Capital Health Research Ethics Board and the boards of the Maritime Conservatory of Music, the Metropolitan Non-Profit Housing Association, and L'Arche Halifax. He is currently a member of the board executive of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, and is a member of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents and the Nova Scotia Committee on Post-Secondary Student Health & Wellness.

Reverend Bennet has a Master of Business Administration degree from Dalhousie University and a Master of Divinity degree from Atlantic School of Theology.

A native of Halifax, Neale lives in the city with his wife Sharon and their grown children, Jack and Claire. He is a distance runner and enjoys woodworking, sailing, and hiking.

CCEPA is a joint initiative of The Atlantic School of Theology and Saint Mary's University .

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