New Senior Fellow seeks to redefine old
relationships for Atlantic Canada

[HALIFAX] — Brian Lee Crowley, President of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael MacDonald will be contributing to AIMS as a Senior Fellow.

Dr. MacDonald has enjoyed great variety in his career as a university professor, a senior federal public servant, the President of a Canadian consulting group, and as the founder of a highly innovative pubic-private sector partnership for economic growth.

In his role as an AIMS Senior Fellow, Dr. MacDonald will take a lead role in both the Atlantica Project, developing models for cross-border co-operation between the Atlantic Provinces and the US Northeast, and the Cities Project, outlining how Canada’s cities will define our nation in the 21st century.

According to AIMS president Brian Lee Crowley, “We are delighted that Michael will be devoting part of his time to a senior fellowship at the Institute. Not only is he a high-profile member of our community, but he brings an experienced and thoughtful mind to the issues we face. He will be a key figure in AIMS’ work on international co-operation at the regional level and in our efforts to explore how modern cities can and should function to sustain growth and vitality.”

In 1995, Dr. MacDonald founded the highly successful Greater Halifax Partnership and, from 1995 to 2001, he was its President and CEO. The Partnership is a public-private sector partnership and, in 1998, it was recognised as the leading model for economic development in Canada. Dr. MacDonald regularly contributes to national and international publications and symposia, and he maintains an extensive schedule of speaking engagements. Currently he is a member of the Task Force planning Canada’s first national Urban Summit in Toronto in November 2001.

“AIMS is at the forefront of the battle to challenge people and governments to think critically,” said Dr. MacDonald. “I have worked very hard through the years to be innovative, to challenge old ideas and concepts, and to continually challenge myself and others to look beyond today to consider tomorrow. Innovation is the basis for prosperity. The work done by AIMS demonstrates that truth. I look forward to sharing in this effort.”


For further information, contact:
Dr. Brian Lee Crowley, President, AIMS, 902-499-1998
Dr. Michael MacDonald, AIMS Senior Fellow, 902-295-3405