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REF NO.: 367

SUBJECT: Memorial University appoints executive director for Fisheries and Marine Institute

DATE: July 22

Dr. Axel Meisen, president of Memorial University is pleased to announce that Glenn Blackwood has been appointed executive director of the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI). The appointment was confirmed by the university’s Board of Regents at its July 21 meeting. Mr. Blackwood will take up his new position on Sept. 1, 2005.

“I am pleased that we have found an excellent person to lead the Fisheries and Marine Institute,” Dr. Meisen said of the appointment. “Mr. Blackwood knows the Marine Institute well and has distinguished himself here and abroad in the area of fisheries conservation. He understands the scientific, technological, economic, social and ecological pressures which are influencing the marine industry. The Marine Institute is an important aspect of Memorial’s presence in the marine sector and under his leadership it will grow and continue to serve the needs of our province.”

In this executive position, Mr. Blackwood will report directly to the vice-president (academic) and 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 represent the Marine Institute on a variety on provincial, national and international organizations.

Most recently, Mr. Blackwood worked as director of the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources within the School of Fisheries at the Marine Institute where he was responsible for MI’s research and development activities related to harvesting technologies conservation and selectivity, gear technology and resource management.

Mr. Blackwood has an honours degree in marine biology and a master of arts degree in fisheries resource management both from Memorial University. He has been involved in the fishery and marine industry for the past 25 years and had considerable experience with both government and industry.

During the 1980s Mr. Blackwood worked as a marine biologist and later as a resource planning supervisor with the provincial Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. In 1991 he became the director of resource analysis and in 1997 became the assistant deputy Minister of Fisheries. During the 1980s and 1990s he served as the provincial government’s representative on numerous national and international advisory committees including the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council of Canada (FRCC) and the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Council (NAFO). In 1997, Mr. Blackwood accepted the position of managing director with the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI), and in 2000 became the director of the newly created Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources at MI. During the past five years he has led a dramatic expansion of this Centre in terms of capacity and geographic range and positing it as the leader in sustainable fisheries and development with project work in Nunavut, Eastern US, Mexicoand throughout Newfoundlandand Labrador.

Glenn Blackwood lives in Portugal Cove-St. Phillips with his wife Christine and two sons.

About the Marine Institute

Headquartered on Ridge Road in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the Marine Institute (MI) is Canada’s leading centre of fisheries and marine training. The MI is part of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and offers bachelors’ and masters’ degrees, one-year advanced diplomas, two-year and three-year diplomas, certificates and vocational programs. MI is divided into two schools: the School of Fisheries and the School of Maritime Studies.

The institute has a number of centres and units, including the Offshore Safety and Survival Centre (OSSC), the Centre of Marine Simulations (CMS), the Centre for Aquaculture and Seafood Development (C-ASD), MI International and the Centre for Sustainable and Aquatic Resources (C-SAR). These areas lead the institute in applied research and technology transfer and also provide training to a variety of industry clients.

The Marine Institute is one of only five public educational institutions in Canadato have ISO 9001 certification. The International Organization for Standardization rating is a voluntary, globally recognized standard for organizations committed to providing quality products and services that are efficient, consistent and continuously improving. For more information, please visit

About Memorial University of Newfoundland

The only university in Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial is Atlantic Canada's largest university, with a student enrolment of approximately 17,700 as well as 900 permanent faculty and 1,400 permanent staff. It has campuses in St. John's, Corner Brook and Harlow (England). The Labrador Institute in Happy Valley-Goose Bay provides university services in Labrador. Memorial has several specialized teaching and research facilities, including the Ocean Sciences Centre near St. John’s, the Bonne Bay Marine Station on the west coast of Newfoundland and a language institute on the French island, St. Pierre. A comprehensive university, Memorial University provides its students with a wide range of programs, including many professional programs. Its more than 55,000 graduates are highly valued nationally and internationally. Research and scholarly activities are broad-based, while focusing on Newfoundland and Labrador's human and natural resources, unique culture and geographical location in the North Atlantic. For more information, please visit

A high resolution photo of Glenn Blackwood is available at

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