Wade MacLauchlan

Premier of Prince Edward Island and president emeritus of the University of Prince Edward Island, Mr. MacLauchlan is an expert in administrative law, constitutional law, public administration, and public policy.

H. Wade MacLauchlan, C.M., is president emeritus of the University of Prince Edward Island, where he served as president from 1999 to 2011.   Wade’s previous positions include those of dean of law at the University of New Brunswick and professor of law at Dalhousie University.  Wade MacLauchlan holds degrees from the University of Prince Edward Island, the University of New Brunswick, and Yale University. He served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Wade’s research has focused on administrative law, constitutional law, legislation, public administration, and public policy. He has been a visiting researcher at McGill University, the University of Melbourne, and the Université de Lausanne. 

Wade has been involved in various regional and national organizations, including as a Board member of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, of Canada’s Public Policy Forum, of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, and of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.  He has served as chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities and Atlantic University Sport, and he is a director of Medavie Inc., the Medavie Health Foundation, and several family businesses.  Wade is a partner and director of Anne China Inc., whose new Mandarin translation of Anne of Green Gables has been short-listed as the most influential book (novel) published in China in 2012. 

Wade is the author of a book, published in the fall of 2013, on the premiership of Alex B. Campbell, Prince Edward Island’s longest-serving premier (1966-78).   In 2012, Wade served as chair of the Palmer Conference on Canada as a Leader in Immigration Policy and Practice. He was the co-chair of the 2013 Georgetown Conference, an Atlantic regional conference dedicated to the theme Rural Redefined. 

Wade MacLauchlan was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2008 and was awarded the IPAC Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Public Service Leadership in 2010.  He was sworn in as the premier of Prince Edward Island on 23 February 2015.

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