By fostering reciprocal relationships across institutional boundaries, we provide extraordinary opportunities to transform as learners, scholars, and institutions.
Jack Rice, Executive Director
The Governing Board of the Maple League of
Universities has appointed Jack Rice as it's
Executive Director for a Three-Year Term starting
on July 1, 2023.
Jack will succeed Dr. Jessica Riddell who served as
the Executive Director since 2018.
Jack Rice is a career educator and academic
leader; he currently serves as the Director, Centre
for Online Learning, Graduate & Professional
Studies at St. Francis Xavier University. Previously,
he was a Dean at Elizabethtown College and a
Director in the School of Education at Loyola
"It is an honour to represent the schools of the
Maple League and I look forward to working with
the community to make us, even better, together.
We have a powerful story to tell about the value of
connection and scholarship as we inspire young
people to create an exciting and inclusive future."
Dr. Juan Carlos López, Director of Maple League Teaching & Learning Centre
Dr. Juan Carlos López has been named the
inaugural Director of the Maple League Teaching
and Learning Centre. The Centre has grown to
become a vital hub for knowledge mobilization in
the Teaching and Learning space across Canada.
A faculty member at Acadia University, Juan
Carlos is a soil microbial ecologist who has worked
and trained in Europe, North and South America.
With students as leaders and collaborators, Juan
Carlos has created and modelled high impact
practices for student success centred around
mental health, as well as decolonization and
reconciliation initiatives that have impacted the
way we think, talk and learn about Mi'kmaw
knowledge in our institutions and beyond.
"The Maple League is equivalent to having the
opportunity to go to your favourite teaching
conference...but having the opportunity to do so
year-round! A guiding principle present across our
four institutions is forming and nurturing deep
connections with our students and communities. I
am convinced that, in the same way that the
forest plants I study connect via the presumably
'unseen' allies that run throughout the forest floor
to make the entire system stronger and more
resilient, so everyone in our universities can be
stronger and more resilient when we build deeper
connections between one another."