President's Report 2006 | Campus Life

New head for Marine Institute

Dr. Glenn Blackwood

A new director took the helm of Memorial University's Marine Institute (MI) this past year.

Glenn Blackwood took over as executive director on Sept. 1, 2005.

Mr. Blackwood, who previously served as director of MI's Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources, brings more than 25 years of experience in collaborating with industry to MI, including spearheading major fisheries research and development and promoting partnerships with private and public-sector organizations. His expertise in resource management and marine biology is also well recognized at the national and international levels.

A native of Hare Bay, Bonavista Bay, Mr. Blackwood comes from a family of lifelong mariners. His father travelled the world's shipping routes from Labrador to the Caribbean while many of his uncles worked in marine transportation. His brother, an MI graduate, continues the tradition as a marine engineer. Mr. Blackwood holds an honours degree in marine biology and a master of arts degree in fisheries resource management, both from Memorial University.

In this executive position, Mr. Blackwood will report directly to the university's vice-president (academic) and will work collaboratively with other members of the senior administration of the university in promoting student services, fisheries and marine-related training, education, applied research and technology transfer. He will oversee all operations of the Marine Institute including strategic planning, student support, program development, industrial liaison, government relations, financial planning and human resource development.

Mr. Blackwood will also represent the Marine Institute in a variety on provincial, national and international organizations. He is keenly aware of the indispensable role the Marine Institute has to play in the growth of Newfoundland and Labrador.

"It's the ocean sector that's going to drive the future economy of our province. Look at what's happening now in the marine sector, in marine transportation, in navy training, in oil and gas, and in the core backbone of rural Newfoundland, the fisheries sector," said Mr. Blackwood. "We're at a stage right now where the opportunities are enormous, and the Marine Institute is working closely with industry and government to unlock these opportunities."

In his new role, Mr. Blackwood will lead MI to capitalize on those opportunities. His long-term plans include implementing a strategic plan for MI Vision 2020, a blueprint for MI's future as a post-secondary institution ( and ensuring that the Institute continues to play a lead role in positioning the people of this province in the oceans sector.

"We need to be and to produce the best and the brightest graduates," Mr. Blackwood said, "and to continue our mission of enabling Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to take advantage of their opportunities."