The Honorable H. Wade MacLauchlan, CM, OPEI, President
The Honorable H. Wade MacLauchlan was the 32nd Premier of Prince Edward Island (2015-2019) and served as Attorney General of Prince Edward Island as well as Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs, Justice and Public Safety and, for a time, Finance. He has served terms as Chairman of the Council of the Federation, Council of Atlantic Premiers, and New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers.
Mr. MacLauchlan is President Emeritus of the University of Prince Edward Island, where he served as President from 1999 to 2011. He was previously Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick (UNB ) and founding director of the UNB Center for Property Studies. Previously, he was Associate Professor and Director of the Civil/Common Law Exchange Program at Dalhousie Law School. He was law clerk to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1981-82 and administrative law editor of the Supreme Court Law Review from 1990 to 1993.
Mr. MacLauchlan is an honorary member of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island and served on the Council of the Law Society of New Brunswick (1991-1996) and as Chair of its Sesquicentennial Committee. He has been an active member of the Council of Law Deans of Canada and the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CAPL), including serving as Chair of the CAPL Special Advisory Committee on Equality in Legal Education .
Mr. MacLauchlan has played leading roles in national and regional organizations, including as a director of the Public Policy Forum, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, the Association of Universities of Atlantic, CANARIE Inc., Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, Federation of PEI Municipalities, Dalhousie Legal Aid, Muriel McQueen Fergusson Center for Family Violence Research , the Windsor Foundation and the Medavie Health Foundation. He was a director of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and chair of AUCC’s Standing Advisory Committee on International Relations.
Mr. MacLauchlan was recognized as a Member of the Order of Canada (2008) and the Order of Prince Edward Island (2014). In 2010 he received the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Leadership in the Public Service from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and in 2013 he was the first recipient of the Frank McKenna Award for Contributions outstanding contributions to the public policies of Atlantic Canadians. conferred by the Public Policy Forum.
Mr. MacLauchlan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island, a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Laws from Yale University. He lives in West Covehead, PEI. with his partner Duncan McIntosh.