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REF NO.: 90

SUBJECT: Harris Centre hosts public discussion on post-secondary education and development

DATE: Jan. 11

Note to editors:
Media are invited to send representatives to a free public discussion entitled From Ivory Tower to Regional Power: the role of universities and colleges in development on Monday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m., in room IIC-2001 in the Inco Innovation Centre on Memorial University’s St. John’s campus.
The session is being hosted by Memorial’s Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development.
Dr. Wade Locke, professor of economics at Memorial, will discuss a recent study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which demonstrated the valuable contributions higher-education institutions make to societies. Dr. Locke wrote a report on Atlantic Canada, one of only 14 regions in the world included in this study.
Dr. Locke will be joined by panelists Elizabeth Beale, president and CEO of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, based in Halifax, N.S.; Cyril Farrell, executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Community College Consortium, based in Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L.; and Graham Letto, mayor of Labrador City, the president of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador and a long-time practitioner of regional development.
The session will also be webcast live on the Internet on the Harris Centre’s website,, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (NST).
Viewers will be able to submit questions or comments to the speakers by e-mail, and these will be read out during the session.
Free parking for the session is available in Area 18, located between the Queen Elizabeth II Library and the Prince Philip Parkway.
A reception will be held following the discussion, courtesy of the Harris Centre.

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For more information, please contact Michael Clair, associate director, public policy, The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, Memorial University, at 737-7963 or


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