Adjunct Professor, Economics, University of Prince Edward Island and Carleton University
Canadian Aquaculture: Drowning in Regulation
Robin F. Neill (1931–2014) was an esteemed Canadian
economic historian and professor at the University of Prince Edward Island.
Born in Port Arthur, Ontario–now Thunder Bay–in 1931, Dr. Neill earned a BA and
MA in political economy from the University of Toronto and a PhD in economics
from Duke University.
Before his appointment to the University of
Prince Edward Island’s Faculty of Economics, he held positions at the
University of Saskatchewan and Carleton University, and was Special Advisor to
the Fisheries Council of Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. In
addition, he was the Chairman, Board of Research Advisors at the Atlantic
Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), where his contribution to the organization
Throughout his career, Dr. Neill wrote
extensively on economics, politics, and society, publishing two books and more
than forty academic articles. His work ranged from the history of Canadian
economic thought and postmodernism to the Saskatchewan school of economic
historiography and economic activity in Quebec. He established himself as a
critic of H.A. Innis’ explanation of Canadian economic development as a
lateral, east-west conception of trade and advocated a post-Innisian framework
of development as an expression of variegated regions (i.e. population density,
cultural politics, geographic characteristics, etc.) and of their particular
north-south relations with the United States. Dr. Neill also authored numerous
studies on economic and political issues in Atlantic Canada for AIMS.
Dr. Neill passed away peacefully at his
summer home in Rocky Point on Sunday, 29 June 2014, and his wife Sharon,
daughter Natalie, siblings, sisters- and brothers-in-law, and nieces and
nephews survive him. His role at AIMS was integral to the Institute’s success,
and his legacy will continue to shape that success as we celebrate our 20th anniversary.