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Monday, April 10, 2017 | 7 p.m. | UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge

Island Studies Special Presentation
Electoral Boundaries Process on Bermuda
featuring PEI’s Chief Justice David Jenkins

The timing couldn't be better. In keeping with one of the Institute's goals to see Prince Edward Island through the lens of other islands, PEI's Chief Justice David Jenkins will share with Prince Edward Islanders what he's learned as a member of Bermuda's Constituency Boundaries Commission. He will deliver a lecture Monday, April 10, at 7 p.m., in the UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge. All are welcome.

While Prince Edward Island goes through the process of updating its electoral boundaries, over the past several months Justice Jenkins has been on hand as Bermuda underwent a similar process. This is his second stint: in 2009 he was invited to do the same thing based on the jurisdictional similarities between PEI and Bermuda - an island comprised of 36 electoral districts and a population of approximately 65,000 people. Justice Jenkins had also chaired the federal boundaries commission in 2003.

A statement released by Secretary Tenia Woolridge, on behalf of Bermuda's Commission, described the need for the review. “The Constitution requires that, from time to time, the Commission review the constituency boundaries and report thereon to the House. In deciding whether or not to recommend any changes in the boundaries, the Commission has to ensure that the constituencies contain, as far as reasonably practicable, equal numbers of persons qualified to be registered as electors. This is to achieve equality of votes. The Commission has to consider the constitutionally prescribed factors; as geographical features, natural boundaries and contiguity of constituencies.”

The Honourable Gerard Mitchell, who is chairing Prince Edward Island's Electoral Boundaries Commission, will be on hand to provide the PEI context of reviewing its 27 electoral districts, including the boundaries and the names.

The Honourable David H. Jenkins is the Chief Justice of Prince Edward Island. He is an Islander! After attending Charlottetown schools and Prince of Wales College, he graduated from Dalhousie University with  his BCom in 1970 and LLB in 1973. He practiced law in Charlottetown with Scales Jenkins and McQuaid, which became Stewart McKelvey, in a general practice focused on business, administrative law, labour and employment and related litigation. He was appointed as Queens Counsel in 1986, has been President of the Law Society, and has served on national legal organizations including Federation of Law Societies of Canada President (1986), and as Secretary of the Canadian Bar Insurance Association until his appointment as a judge.

He sat as a trial judge in the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island from 1993 to 2008, when he was appointed as Chief Justice of the province and of the Court of Appeal. He has served nationally as president of the Judges' Counselling Program, the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association, and is currently a member of the Canadian Judicial Council.

David has always been involved in the Island and Charlottetown community. He is a Charter member of the Rotary Club of Hillsborough, and a Governor of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

His involvement as the judicial member of the Bermuda Constituency Boundaries Commission in 2009 and again in 2016 was a volunteer in response to an invitation from the Governor of Bermuda pursuant to the Bermuda Constitution.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Island Studies April Lecture:
Saint Helena: An island in flux

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 7 p.m. | UPEI Main Building Faculty Lounge
with Owen Jennings

The April Island Studies Lecture is Tuesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge on the UPEI campus, featuring Master of Arts in Island Studies student Owen Jennings speaking about Saint Helena: An island in flux.

The allure of islands relies on some often inaccurate assumptions. These imaginary islands are small, remote, and, more often than not, tropical. Where most islands fall well short of that imagined island, the South Atlantic island of Saint Helena reaches towards it. Over the past decade this island has been gifted a new connection to the world: an airport. While its opening for commercial traffic is still delayed, this will, it is anticipated, reduce the travel time to South Africa from five days down to a few hours. The Saints, as the islanders call themselves, have long been caught between their home's isolation and many connections to the outside world, and soon they will be able to travel in a way that most similar island communities take for granted. This lecture considers the experience of travelling to and being a researcher on Saint Helena, and what being a Saint might mean as the island's connection to the rest of the world changes dramatically.

Owen Jennings is a Master of Arts in Island Studies student at UPEI. He is studying remoteness and access on the island of Saint Helena, and, last November, had the opportunity to travel to Saint Helena to do his field research. Before coming to PEI, he studied politics for his undergraduate degree in the UK.

Admission to the lecture is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Watch for details for another lecture about islands – near and far – May 16! For more information, please contact Laurie at or (902) 894-2881.

Atlantic Green Expo announces guest speaker Peter Childs

April 21-23, 2017 | UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering

Professor Peter Childs will be the first of two Keynote Speakers at Atlantic Green Expo, presented by E365, held at the UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering April 21-23. Professor Childs is the head of Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London, UK. His general interests include: creativity tools and innovation; design process and design rationale; fluid flow and heat transfer, particularly rotating flow; sustainable energy component, concept and system design; robotics. He has co-authored books on rural urban migration, inclusive sports and sports technology. Peter Childs will give his Keynote address to the public at Atlantic Green Expo on Friday, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. 


“An important element of Atlantic Green Expo will be the UPEI Engineering student project expo on Friday afternoon which will coincide with the industry portion of the show,” says Allan Dale, Director of Industry Partnerships at UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering. “What better way to connect the academic component with the applied business side of sustainable design than to have a leader in both realms share his ideas? Peter Childs is the person to do that. His background speaks for itself.”
Atlantic Green Expo starts on Friday, April 21, at 1:00 p.m. with the UPEI Engineering students project expo beginning at 2:00 p.m. All events are open to the public and admission is free. Atlantic Green Expo gives the public a chance to learn more about sustainable products and services available in the Atlantic region with exhibitors displaying clean tech options, eco-friendly products and environmental practices.
Visit Atlantic Green Expo website for further information at  

Atlantic Green Expo is an initiative of PEI based company E365 in partnership with Transform Events & Consulting, UPEI Climate Lab, UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering, and Sierra Club Canada - PEI Chapter.   

MA in Island Studies Program Seeks Sessional Instructors

CLOSING DATE: April 13, 2017

The MA Island Studies program at UPEI is seeking sessional instructors for the following two graduate courses: (1) IST6010 - Themes and Perspectives in Island Studies (a 50% position) for Sept.- Dec. 2017, and (2) IST6120 - International Relations of Small Island States (a 100% position)  for Jan.-April 2018. Closing date for applications for both of these positions is April 13

​More complete descriptions of the courses and expected qualifications ​can be found at:
For the IST6010 course (
For the IST6120 course (

For further information contact the Coordinator, Dr. Jim Randall at or 902-620-5013

MAIS student researcher Katharine MacDonald looking for Islanders who have moved back home

If you're between 18 and 40, and recently moved back home, Master of Arts in Island Studies student Katharine MacDonald would love to chat! 

As part of her research, MacDonald is looking for the reasons behind young people's decisions to return to Prince Edward Island. She hopes that the information gleaned may help government as they develop strategies to repatriate Island youth.

People interested in taking part can reach MacDonald at
Catch the CBC News Story!

Mark your calendars...

May 16, 2017 | 7-9 p.m. | UPEI Faculty Lounge
Final lecture in the Island Lecture Series for this academic year, featuring Ouma Cuniah talking about her home island of Mauritius

May 24, 2017 | 7-9 p.m. | MacKinnon Lecture Theatre, McDougall Hall, UPEI 
"Tourism, Place, and Identity: Rural Tourism in Iceland and Prince Edward Island," featuring guest speaker Guðrún Þóra Gunnarsdótir from the Icelandic Tourism Research Centre in Akureyri, Iceland.

May 25, 2017 | 7:30-p p.m. | BIS Hall, North River Road
"Travelling the Literary Landscape of Iceland" with Guðrún Þóra Gunnarsdótir

Call for Papers
Atlantic Planners Institute Conference
September 27-29, 2017

Mark your calendars for the API Conference to be held September 27-29, 2017 in Charlottetown, PEI at the Rodd Charlottetown. The theme for this year’s conference is Nimble Responses, Rapid Innovation. If you are interested in presenting on a topic related to this theme, please download the Call for Conference Presentations for more details. E-mail submissions to Janice Harper, MCIP at no later than 4 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017.



Sharing Stories of Island Life, Governance, and Global Engagement

The 1st International Conference on Small Island States (SIS) and Subnational Island Jurisdictions (SNIJs)

LOCATION: The Shared (Dutch/French) Island of Sint Maarten/St Martin
Venue: The University of St Martin, Philipsburg
DATES: March 11-14, 2018

We propose the first ever conference to discuss life, governance and global engagement on, for and with SIDS and SNIJs. We do so by encouraging conversations and presentations that engage critically with multiple levels of ‘island living’:

  • The unfolding of daily life on small island states and/or territories, involving the challenges of securing decent livelihoods and navigating the opportunities and threats of living on small island jurisdictions. These include: coping with monopolistic services; tightly networked communities; partisan politics; flight and ferry schedules; the strategic resort to migration. 
  • The role of institutions, whether public or private (including NGOs and commercial) on small island states and/or territories in facilitating, exploiting, or guarding against the spaces and practices created by globalization. What development strategies are preferred? How best to avoid over-dependence on one main export product or service (typically tourism)? How best to promote innovation and entrepreneurship? How to avoid uneven development and centrifugal tensions, especially in archipelagic jurisdictions?
  • The role of national and regional elites and interest groups, including political parties and governments, in seeking to take maximum advantage of sovereignty (in island states) or non-sovereignty (in island territories), as the case may be. Initiatives to discuss include: nation-building, constitutional reform, regionalization (as with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) and diaspora engagement.

We want to share stories. We welcome submissions that look at these dynamics on a case by case, or island by island, basis, and from different disciplinary standpoints. We are especially keen to engage with presentations that adopt a more comparative framework or methodology in their critical analysis.

Abstracts of around 150 words each are invited on any of the above themes. These should be accompanied by the full name and institutional affiliation of the author/s.
For more information, click here


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