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His Royal Highness Prince Charles signs the guest book in the Marine Institute lobby.­

By Meaghan Whelan


Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Fisheries and Marine Institute was the site of the royal visit on Tuesday, Nov. 3. As part of the three-day visit of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to the province this week, Prince Charles came to the campus to meet Marine Institute officials and researchers, as well as the SIFE Memorial student group. The groups were chosen to meet the Prince of Wales based on his interest in marine conservation and youth entrepreneurship.

“The Marine Institute, recognized as a global leader in marine research, and nationally recognized SIFE Memorial’s community-based entrepreneurship, are excellent examples of the calibre of people and resources we have at Memorial,” said Dr. Christopher W. Loomis, president and vice-chancellor (pro tempore) of Memorial University. “The inclusion of Memorial on the official itinerary for the Prince of Wales is quite a distinction and was an excellent opportunity to showcase our world-class facilities and students.”

The Prince of Wales first visit was at the flume tank at the Marine Institute. He then met with Marine Institute Executive Director Glenn Blackwood and researchers in the areas of fisheries conservation, ocean sciences, marine ecosystems and sustainable aquatic resources.
“We were delighted that the Prince of Wales decided to visit the Marine Institute during his trip to the province,” said Mr. Blackwood. “We were very pleased to demonstrate the Marine Institute’s education and research capabilities with him, especially the area of marine conservation, where he had the opportunity to engage with local researchers in a discussion on fisheries conservation and environmental sustainability.”

Following the discussion and demonstrations of fishing conservation technology in the flume tank, the Prince of Wales met with SIFE Memorial, a student group dedicated to creating local solutions to global economic challenges through entrepreneurship. The team has won four consecutive national titles, and has placed in the top three in the SIFE World Cup competition for the past three years on the strength of their community outreach projects. (SIFE is the acronym for Students in Free Enterprise.) Dr. Lilly Walker, dean of Student Affairs and Services, was the university’s official host for the royal visit. “The Prince of Wales is a strong supporter of youth entrepreneurship, so we were excited to introduce him to our extraordinary SIFE Memorial team. These 90 or so students have made significant contributions to their communities and the representatives from the group chosen to showcase four of their projects were excellent ambassadors for Memorial University and Newfoundland and Labrador.”

More information about the royal visit check online at www.visiteroyale-royalvisit.gc.ca.
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