The vacant Nova Scotia senate seat has been filled by Prime Minister Stephen Harper - and it's going to Kelvin Ogilvie.


The past president of Wolfville's Acadia University was one of nine appointees named to the senate Thursday. Ogilvie, 66, is a recipient of the Order of Canada and an expert in biotechnology, bio-organic chemistry and genetic engineering.


"I was enormously pleased and honoured to be rewarded. It's based on my career," Olgilvie told CBC news Thursday.


The naming of Ogilvie comes as a surprise to some as rumours had former Nova Scotia premier Rodney MacDonald being awarded the province's vacant seat. MacDonald announced Aug. 4 he was leaving provincial politics, six weeks after stating he had “no intentions of going anywhere” when he resigned as party leader for the Progressive Conservatives.