April 29, 2009
Dr. Arthur W. May began his career as a research scientist with the Fisheries Research Board of Canada in 1958, and held numerous, progressively responsible posts in both Ottawa and the Atlantic region, culminating in his appointment as Deputy Minister of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in 1982. Dr. May was appointed President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in 1986. He became President and Vice-Chancellor of Memorial University in 1990 and served in this position until his retirement in August 1999.
Dr. May has held many national and international appointments, including Chairman of the Model Forest Selection Competition, Chairman of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), member of the Prime Minister’s National Advisory Board on Science and Technology, and Canadian representative to the NATO Science Committee, as well as Canadian Commissioner on several international fisheries organizations.
Dr. May is currently Chairman of the Atlantic Innovation Fund Advisory Board, Chairman of One Ocean (a Newfoundland and Labrador based consortium of the oil and gas and fishing industries), member of the Board of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, member of the Stewardship Advisory Group of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, member of the NRC Monograph Editorial Board, and the Atlantic Council of World Wildlife Canada, among other activities.
Dr. May holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Biology, an M.Sc. in Fisheries Biology from Memorial University, and a PhD in Marine Sciences from McGill University. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in l995 and holds honourary degrees from the University of Ottawa, Brock University, and Memorial University.