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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.