Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Fisheries and Marine Institute will be a 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 will come 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.
Dr. Christopher W. Loomis, president and vice chancellor pro tempore of Memorial University of Newfoundland, said he is pleased that Memorial is hosting the prince. “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,” he said. “The inclusion of Memorial on the official itinerary for the Prince of Wales is quite a distinction and an excellent opportunity to showcase our world-class facilities and students.”
The Prince of Wales will first visit the flume tank at the Marine Institute and meet with Marine Institute Executive Director Glenn Blackwood and researchers in the areas of fisheries conservation, ocean sciences, marine ecosystems and sustainable aquatic resources.
“We are delighted that the Prince of Wales has decided to visit the Marine Institute during his trip to the province,” said Mr. Blackwood. “We are very much looking forward to showcasing the Marine Institute’s education and research capabilities with him, especially the area of marine conservation where he will have 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 will meet 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, is the university’s official host for the royal visit. “The Prince of Wales is a strong supporter of youth entrepreneurship, so we are excited to introduce him to our extraordinary SIFE Memorial team. These 90 or so students have made significant contributions to their communities and I have no doubt that the representatives from the group chosen to showcase four of their projects will be excellent ambassadors for Memorial University and Newfoundland and Labrador.”
The Marine Institute will remain open throughout the day for classes and regularly scheduled activities; however, the main entrance, main floor lobby, flume tank and gymnasium will be closed to the general public for the afternoon. The west parking lot on Ridge Road and the building’s west entrance will not be affected.
People who wish to view the arrival or departure of the Prince of Wales at the Marine Institute are welcome to assemble in the main lobby by 2:45 p.m. Please note, however, that due to ongoing classes and operations of the MI, there will be no parking available on site.