Working Together for Atlantic Canada: Premiers Ball, Gallant, MacLauchlan, and McNeil
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America/HalifaxWorking Together for Atlantic Canada: Premiers Ball, Gallant, MacLauchlan, and McNeil | Liberal 2018 National ConventionModerated by Gudie HutchingPlenary HallLiberal Party of Canadafalse
Gudie Hutchings is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Long Range Mountains. Born and raised in Corner Brook, she is proud to call the Humber Valley home. With a focus on consultation and consensus-building, she is determined to be a strong voice for the issues that matter most to the residents of Long Range Mountains.
A well-known advocate in the outfitting industry for nearly 20 years, and tourism more broadly for over 30 years, Gudie spent a decade as a board member for the Newfoundland and Labrador Outfitters Association, where she served as both president and vice-president. She is Chair and Managing Director of the Battle Harbour Historic Trust – an organization committed to conserving, protecting, and promoting the living heritage, integrity, and natural environment of Battle Harbour. Gudie is a former president of the Corner Brook Chamber of Commerce and was a founding board member of the Canadian Federation of Outfitting Associations, which advocates on behalf of the Canadian outfitter industry. In all pursuits she has maintained a focus on developing and retaining local employees and utilizing sustainable environmental practices.
Gudie is also Co-Chair of Forget-Me-Not, a community group dedicated to raising money to honour past and present soldiers at Remembrance Square in Corner Brook.
Brian Gallant was born in Shediac Bridge, New Brunswick. His father, Pierre, is the youngest of seven children and a proud Acadian. His mother, Marilyn (née Scholten), is one of 17 siblings born to Dutch immigrants, Alex and Maria Scholten, who arrived in New Brunswick from the Netherlands in the 1950s. He has two siblings: a sister, Melissa, and a brother, Pierre.
During his early years, Mr. Gallant received his education at various schools throughout the province and graduated from Polyvalente Louis-J.-Robichaud, in Shediac. Determined to pursue a postsecondary education, he started and operated two small companies, through which he was able to pay for his attendance at university. He received a Bachelor in Business Administration with a concentration in finance and a Bachelor of Law degree from the Université de Moncton. He also received a Masters in Law degree from McGill University.
Mr. Gallant practised law with the firm Stewart McKelvey in the areas of corporate and commercial law. He later joined the Veritas Law firm in Dieppe as a partner.
Mr. Gallant was elected Leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party on October 27, 2012. He was elected to represent the riding of Kent as a Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly on April 15, 2013. Mr. Gallant was sworn in on April 30, 2013, and became Leader of the Official Opposition. He was subsequently elected to represent the riding of Shediac Bay-Dieppe on September 22, 2014, and was sworn in as Premier of New Brunswick, President of the Executive Council, Chairman of the New Brunswick Jobs Board, and Minister responsible for Innovation, Women’s Equality and Rural Affairs on October 7, 2014.
The Honourable H. Wade MacLauchlan was sworn in as Premier of Prince Edward Island on February 23, 2015.
Prior to entering provincial politics, Wade served as the University of Prince Edward Island President from 1999 to 2011. During that time, UPEI rose in stature regionally and nationally, made dramatic strides in research and development, and placed enhanced emphasis on community engagement.
Previously, he was Dean of Law at the University of New Brunswick and a professor of law at Dalhousie University.
Wade authored the political biography of Alex. B Campbell, Prince Edward Island’s longest-serving premier, entitled Alex B. Campbell: The Prince Edward Island Premier Who Rocked the Cradle. He spent three years researching, interviewing Islanders and writing the political biography, which covers the most transformative period in modern Island history.
He completed his early education in Stanhope before studying at the University of Prince Edward Island, the University of New Brunswick, and Yale University.
Wade was named to the Order of Canada in 2008 and to the Order of Prince Edward Island in 2014.
He has extensive community involvement, including serving as a member of the local council in the Community of North Shore; co-chairing the Georgetown Conference; serving as a board member of the Federation of P.E.I. Municipalities; and serving on the boards of several large philanthropic foundations.
Premier MacLauchlan has deep roots in Prince Edward Island. He was born in Stanhope and today resides just a few miles away in West Covehead, with his partner Duncan McIntosh.