Media Releases

Posted on 24 June, 2010

Dr. Benjamin Lefebvre, of Waterloo, Ontario and one of the world’s leading experts on Lucy Maud Montgomery, was reappointed as Visiting Scholar for the institute bearing the famed PEI writer’s name, the L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI).

Mark Leggott, Institute chair and University Librarian, announced the year-long appointment during his welcoming remarks at the 2010 L.M. Montgomery Conference taking place at UPEI, June 24–27.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Lefebvre return as our Visiting Scholar and accept this further term. His past year’s work with LMMI’s governing committee in facilitating and expanding scholarship about L.M. Montgomery and her contemporaries has been excellent. We look forward to seeing what exciting initiatives the next year will bring.”

Lefebvre will continue working with the Institute on projects...

Posted on 23 June, 2010

UPEI officials are pleased with high employment and education ‘satisfaction’ statistics detailed in a report issued in Halifax today by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission.   

Using data captured in 2008, the study called, ‘Five Years On: A Survey of Class of 2003 Maritime University Graduates’, focused on graduates who completed their first bachelor’s degree in 2003 at universities in the Maritimes. It examined graduate employment, further education trends, and financial status.  

The employment rate for the 2003 first-degree holders from all Maritime universities is 95 per cent and their earnings have increased compared with the last time they were surveyed in 2005.

UPEI also received information outlining its own institutional statistics in comparison with the averages for all Maritime...

Posted on 22 June, 2010

New UPEI Women’s Rugby head coach Shannon Atkins announced her coaching staff for the 2010–11 season today. Assistant coaches will be former Panthers, Madelon Cheverie and Dawn Paynter.

Madelon Cheverie graduated in 2006 from UPEI with a Bachelor of Science and went on to the University of Waterloo, receiving a Masters of Science in Health Studies and Gerontology. She is a researcher with the Addictions Research Centre in Montague. While at UPEI, Cheverie played five seasons with the Panthers, was named team captain twice, and maintained Academic All-Canadian status. She has also been active in coaching high school rugby. During her UPEI playing days, she coached the Charlottetown Rural High School team, and this past spring, was head coach of the men's program at Morell Regional High School. ...

Posted on 21 June, 2010

The Tourism Research Centre in the School of Business at UPEI has released research results concerning culinary tourism on behalf of Tourism and Culture PEI. The report provides information about visitors’ attitudes, motivations and travel behaviour as it relates to culinary experiences when travelling.

The report shows that visitors to PEI enjoy a wide variety of food and food-related activities while on the Island. The four most popular food and food-related activities in PEI were dining at restaurants known for offering local ingredients, attending farmers’ markets, dining at highly rated restaurants, and shopping for gourmet foods.

“The fact that dining at restaurants offering local ingredients and attending farmers’ markets were rated as the top two activities for visitors highlights the importance of local ingredients to visitors. It may be...

Posted on 18 June, 2010

The UPEI School of Business and the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) signed an agreement June17 that enables LSBF diploma graduates to continue their studies at UPEI in a post-diploma degree program of Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS).  

Beginning this September, students who have completed the two-year Diploma in Management Sciences at LSBF will be eligible to enter the third year of studies at UPEI and after completion of 20 designated courses, graduate with a BBS degree.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for our School and the students. It strengthens the international ties of the UPEI School of Business while providing an opportunity for these diploma students to further their education and bring a different cultural perspective into their classes,” says Roberta MacDonald, Dean of the UPEI School of Business. “The new...

Posted on 17 June, 2010

A group of 22 English teachers from Finland recently visited Prince Edward Island to meet with members of UPEI’s Faculty of Education, the Webster Centre for Teaching & Learning and the Department of Modern Languages as part of a Canadian study and professional development tour.

Each year, the Association of English Teachers in Finland organizes a trip to a foreign land to learn best practices in teaching a second language. Dr. Miles Turnbull, an associate professor in the UPEI Faculty of Education and Co-Coordinator of the Bachelor of Education, French Immersion, encountered members of the group last summer in Australia, and learned that in 2010, the group was visiting Canada. 

“I met Ari Peltonen, a member of the Association’s board, when I was attending a conference in Sydney,” said Turnbull. “Next thing I know, the President of...

Posted on 15 June, 2010

The Centre for Health and Biotech Management Research (CHBMR) and Three Oaks Innovation Inc. will present Dr. Peter Smith of Millennium Pharmaceuticals on June 18, as the first instalment of the Innovation PEI Premier’s Speaker Series.

As Senior Vice President, Drug Safety & Disposition and Comparative Medicine for Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Smith will provide insight into modern development approaches and strategies that efficiently promote drug candidates and biologics through the development process, which includes an overview of the research and corporate requirements to fulfill current registration requests of health authorities, both from a safety and non-clinical aspect.

Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Arizona, and trained as a post-doctoral fellow in biochemical toxicology at SmithKline and French labs...

Posted on 15 June, 2010

The UPEI School of Business and the PEI BioAlliance invite you to a free, public session on “Corporate Governance”, presented by Professor Stephen Letza, PhD, Director of the European Centre for Corporate Governance. 

Dr. Letza, a leading advisor to large, medium, and small profit and non-profit corporations as well as a wide range of UK crown corporations and departments, will share some of his insights into the boardrooms of the world. He has over 200 published articles and is often sought to provide media commentary on breaking events in corporate governance. 

Anyone who has an interest in more effective leadership or board efficiency would benefit from this unique opportunity to meet and ask questions of this international guest.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

McDougall Hall, Room 329

3:00 – 4:30 p...

Posted on 15 June, 2010

Young scholars from institutions around the globe will converge in Charlottetown June 23 – 27 at the 2010 International L.M. Montgomery Conference, “L.M. Montgomery and the Matter of Nature”, to share their research on the province’s best-known writer.

For Alicia McDonald, an Islander, UPEI alumna and graduate student at the University of Western Ontario, Montgomery’s works have hit close to home. “Having grown up on Prince Edward Island, I found myself drawn to Anne and subsequently, L.M. Montgomery because they were talking about places I knew, and represented kindred spirits who understood what it was like to grow up in a rural area where everyone knows you. As I’ve gotten older and have traveled further away from PEI, I’ve found Montgomery's vivid descriptions of our Island and rural culture to be a stunning reminder of home...

Posted on 11 June, 2010

The Pan-Canadian Team for Research in the Early Years met recently in Charlottetown, hosted by members from the University of Prince Edward Island. 

The team is a group of researchers from the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Western Ontario, Trent University, the University of New Brunswick, and UPEI whose projects and thinking are coalescing around major changes in the field of early learning.

Dr. Martha Gabriel, UPEI Associate Professor of Education, and convenor of the team meeting, said, “I was thrilled along with my UPEI colleagues, to host our fellow team members here in Charlottetown. It is a critical time for PEI’s education system, and our team discussions were very relevant to the Island’s current landscape, with the move of kindergarten into the public school system this fall.”


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