Media Releases

Posted on 22 May, 2009

Fans of CBC TV’s popular program Dragons' Den will have the opportunity to get “up close and personal” with Dragon judge Arlene Dickinson during a question-and-answer session at UPEI on May 28.

The UPEI School of Business MBA and Entrepreneurship programs and the Centre for Life-Long Learning will present this event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, in the McKinnon Auditorium in McDougall Hall.

Dickinson will talk about her experiences with the Dragons’ Den program and chat with audience members about starting, running and growing a great business.

Dickinson is the show’s marketing expert, its only female judge, and one of its breakout stars. Ranked as one of Profit magazine's Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs for seven years running, she is considered one of the most...

Posted on 21 May, 2009

Island business owners will have the opportunity to discuss practical business management approaches in difficult economic times at a symposium presented by ProfitLearn PEI at the University of Prince Edward Island on Friday, May 29.

The event, called “LAUNCH - A Symposium for Growing PEI Business,” will take place in UPEI’s McDougall Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The symposium featured a stellar line-up of speakers, including Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venture Communications Ltd., and sole female judge on CBC TV’s popular show Dragons’ Den; Elizabeth Beale, President and CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council; and Doug Hall, CEO of Eureka Ranch, author and star of NBC’s “The Inventor.”

After welcoming remarks at 8:45 a.m., Elizabeth Beale will launch the symposium at 9 a.m. with a plenary...

Posted on 21 May, 2009

High school graduates who have deferred their post-secondary education can now find out what it is like to attend UPEI through a new program called ExperienceU. All students accepted into the one-week program will receive an ExperienceU award to cover their costs. 

“Some high school students are uncertain about attending university right after grade 12, and others who have deferred university for a year are looking for information and support about beginning university,” says Tamara Leary, Acting Director of Student Services. “They worry about finances, or making time for study, or they are not familiar with the academic and support options available here. ExperienceU is a hands-on program that helps them make an informed decision about their education and career paths.”

ExperienceU participants will learn about university academic...

Posted on 19 May, 2009

Dulcie McCallum, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Review Officer for Nova Scotia, will be the guest lecturer at the annual Chief Justice Thane A. Campbell Lectureship in Law on Thursday, May 21, at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Her presentation, entitled “The Audacity of Inclusion”, will discuss assisted decision-making and guardianship — Is guardianship law a thing of the past? Has the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, to which Canada is a signatory, changed how we include people who are labeled mentally disabled? McCallum will discuss the proceedings at the UN leading up to the passing of the Convention. Her focus will be on what guardianship laws meant that held people to be incompetent, and what a new model might look like that will enable all people to maximize their ability to make decisions for...

Posted on 12 May, 2009