From Ivory Tower to Regional Power: the role of universities and colleges in development

Monday, January 14, 2008, at 7:30 pm
Inco Innovation Centre, Memorial University

Click here to view the video of the session.
Click here to view Dr. Locke's presentation slides.

Read the press release.
View the poster and the program.

Universities and colleges produce highly-skilled workers, they conduct research which can lead to innovations, and they are a portal to the global community. They are an important gateway for new immigrants, many of whom are highly skilled. And they are important employers of local labour and purchasers of local products. They are a unique resource available to the entire community. And yet their contribution to social and economic development often goes unnoticed.

A recent study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) demonstrated the valuable contributions which higher-education institutions make to their societies. Atlantic Canada was one of only fourteen regions in the world which was included in this study.

Are Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic pulling their weight in improving the quality of life and the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador? How are they currently contributing? What else could they be doing? How will proposed post-secondary policy changes affect the role of the University and the College?

Dr. Wade Locke, professor of Economics at Memorial University, participated in the OECD study and wrote the report on Atlantic Canada. He will be accompanied by three panelists:

  • Elizabeth Beale is the president and CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, based in Halifax
  • Cyril Farrell is the executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Community College Consortium, based in Grand Falls-Windsor
  • Graham Letto is the mayor of Labrador City, the president of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, and a long-time practitioner of regional development

Come listen to the presentations and contribute your thoughts during the discussion session.

Free admission, free parking in Lot # 18, reception to follow, no registration required. For more information, contact Kathryn Mason at or by calling (709) 737-3143.

View View the presentations by Elizabeth Beale and Wade Aucoin, and by Dr. Wade Locke and Cyril Farrell, at the OECD-sponsored international symposium on the role of universities and colleges in regional development in Valencia, Spain, September 21, 2007.


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