Academic Addresses Region’s Challenges


Former UPEI president Wade MacLauchlan   O’Brien Fellow (1982)

Anne of Green Gables, a former premier and China have been keeping Wade MacLauchlan busy since he stepped down as University of Prince Edward Island president.

The longtime academic spent eight years each as a law professor at Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick before heading up UPEI from 1999 to 2011.

He and some business partners recently transcribed the classic Lucy Maud Montgomery story Anne of Green Gables into Mandarin for the Chinese market. Red Haired Anne, as it is known there, has been shortlisted as one of the 50 most influential books published in China in 2012 by state news agency Xinhua.

MacLauchlan is also working on a biography of longtime P.E.I. premier Alexander Campbell. This week, MacLauchlan is being honoured at a dinner thrown by Canada’s Public Policy Forum as one of three influential Atlantic Canadians.

The other honourees are Clearwater Fine Foods president John Risley and former New Brunswick lieutenant-governor Margaret McCain.

MacLauchlan spoke to The Chronicle Herald about the challenges, and their solutions, facing the Maritimes. His responses have been edited for length.

Felicia Pickard (2010) - In the News

Since receiving her Fellowship, Felicia began medical school at Memorial University in St. Johns,   Newfoundland.  She is currently in her second year of studies and close to completing her thesis for her Master’s degree.
Felicia has just been selected to receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the National Board of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for her work as a volunteer.

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Experts Meet to Plan Regional Area Network: “A new kind of country”

Fredericton, November 22, 2012 -- A meeting between networking leaders from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in Sackville on November 28th will help decide on methods to interlink high-speed networks, within and between the provinces.

“We are envisioning a new national dream,” said Gary Stairs, President of Fredericton-based Stellar Learning Strategies and Vice President, i-CANADA. “Our region is leading the development of a new Canada - one suited to the 21st Century. We are going to sketch out a plan to create an equitable high-bandwidth regional community, bringing ultra-high-speed service to homes and businesses throughout the twin provinces.”

Telegraph Journal Tuesday, October 30, 2012 COMMENTARY

A COMMENTARY appeared in the Telegraph Journal on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 titled Foundation Funds Best and Brightest.  Introductory paragraphs were as follows:

The Best and the Brightest

What would Measha Brueggergosman (World Renowned Soprano), Sheree Fitch (Canadian Children’s Author and Roger Lord (World Renowned Pianist) have in common? What would the CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, a Research Astronomer at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. and a distinguished lawyer in Saint John, New Brunswick have in common?

They are all proud New Brunswickers and all are Fellows of the O’Brien Foundation. 

The O’Brien Foundation may be one of New Brunswick’s best kept secrets.  It is one of the very few sources of financial support for New Brunswick graduate students.  Each one of the personalities identified above was successful in applying for funding to assist in achieving their distinguished careers.

Between 1975 and 2012, the Foundation has granted 280 Fellowships.  The total value of the awards granted in these years was $1,382,000.00.