Former UPEI president Wade MacLauchlan has been recognized for his strong impact on public policy.
MacLauchlan was one of three influential Atlantic Canadians lauded by Canada’s Public Policy Thursday at the inaugural Atlantic Dinner and Awards in Halifax.
“We are delighted to celebrate the extraordinary contributions these three individuals have made to their communities and our country,’’ said David Mitchell, the Forum’s president and CEO.
“Their leadership, hard work and vision have had an immeasurable impact on public policy, business and education in the Atlantic region – an impact that resonates right across Canada.’’
Margaret Norrie McCain, former lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick and Clearwater Seafoods president John Risley received the honour along with MacLauchlan.
MacLauchlan served as president and vice-chancellor of UPEI from 1999 to 2011. He also served as dean of law at the University of New Brunswick and professor of law at Dalhousie.
MacLauchlan was actively involved in provincial, regional, and national collaborations.
“While at UPEI, Wade was dedicated to collaborating with other universities and partners in the region to cultivate integrated teaching and research, both locally and globally,” said Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor.
“Wade was also passionate about supporting our students in their pursuit of excellence and that continues to this day through his many endeavours. On behalf of the entire UPEI family, I congratulate Wade on this well-deserved and prestigious honour.”
MacLauchlan was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2008 and awarded the IPAC Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for Public Service Leadership in 2010.
Larry Murray, chair of the Forum’s board of directors, says the new dinner and awards is a testament to Atlantic Canadians’ inspirational work in improving government, business and civil society in the country.
“This new tradition will pay tribute to the leaders of an increasingly influential region, recognizing the difference they are making in the lives of all Canadians,’’ said Murray.
Since 1987, the Forum has recognized leaders who have helped advance public policy and good governance in Canada.