Our special connection with Acadia University began when our founder K.C. Irving attended the institution at the age of 16. He left the following year to serve his country in the First World War as part of the Royal Flying Corps. Years later K.C. Irving's sons Arthur and Jack attended Acadia prior to joining our company.
In 1996, Arthur Irving returned to his alma mater as Chancellor of Acadia University and after fourteen years he was bestowed with the title of Chancellor Emeritus in May 2010, Acadia's first such designation to their longest serving Chancellor.
In 2002, as a lasting tribute to Kenneth Colin Irving and Harriet Lila Irving, the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens were donated to Acadia providing a place where nature, research, and technology come together in a peaceful and productive environment. In 2003 the University established the Arthur Irving Academy for the Environment.
These institutions provide a centre for the study of the natural environment, concentrating on the ecology of the native flora of the Acadian Forest Region, encompassing much of Atlantic Canada and New England. The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre contains state-of-the-art research laboratories, greenhouses, a conservatory and controlled environmental facilities. A fully accessible, completely wired, 124-seat auditorium, library and video conference centre, classrooms, lecture rooms, as well as meeting and conference rooms also occupy these three floors.
The Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens covers more than six acres and is home to nine native habitats from the Acadian Forest Region. The Gardens feature a large collection of native plants, including rare and endangered species, which are displayed on site in their naturally occurring plant associations.