R. Diane Campbell – Doctor of Civil Laws ('20)

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“If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is the importance of resiliency, optimism and creativity in problem-solving.”

Diane Campbell is President and CEO of Berkeley Holdings Limited, an operator of four retirement residences in Halifax. She is also a Nova Scotia Business Hall of Famer, lawyer, community leader and volunteer.

Born and raised in Halifax, Ms. Campbell says she feels extremely connected to her community. She graduated from Acadia in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, then went on to study Law at Dalhousie University, where she was one of only three female students in her class. She received her Bachelor of Law Degree in 1967 and was admitted to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1968. She practised law with Daley Black Moreira & Piercey for several years.

In the late 1960s, Ms. Campbell began a lifelong interest in giving back to her community. In 1980, she returned to Acadia, where she sat on the Board of Governors for a total of 21 years. During that time, both of her children, Catherine and David Campbell, graduated from Acadia.

In the mid 1970s, Ms. Campbell shifted her focus from law to business. In the early 1990s became involved in the retirement industry, where she continues to play a prominent role.

Ms. Campbell has spent over 50 years serving on a multitude of boards and raising money for several capital campaigns, predominantly in the fields of health and education.

In 2013, she was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2018, she was inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame. Ms. Campbell and her husband, Wesley Campbell, have two children and four grandchildren