Oct
28
2020

Members named for new land matters advisory committee

Islanders will have a further opportunity to share their opinions and concerns about the future of land on Prince Edward Island, as a new Land Matters Advisory Committee prepares for stakeholder engagement.

The 13-member committee includes representatives with backgrounds in agriculture, land planning, law and business. Members were selected through Engage PEI, and will review government strategies, policies and decisions regarding land on PEI to help identify any necessary changes in legislation or policy. 

Government has also invited L’nuey to nominate a person who will represent the perspective of the Mi’kmaq on the committee.

“Land ownership, protection and use are among the most important challenges that our province faces. We want to work in consultation with Islanders with the goal of updating land policies and legislation, and modernizing both the Lands Protection Act and Planning Act.” 

- Agriculture and Land Minster Bloyce Thompson

The committee met for the first time yesterday to begin its work to examine land use, planning and ownership. The committee will also consult with stakeholders and review previous studies of land issues on Prince Edward Island. 

“I want to thank the volunteers who have come forward to be part of this committee. With their efforts and with the input from people across the province, we will develop policies to guide wise land use for years to come,” added Minister Thompson.

Information on the Lands Protection Act  and the Planning Act is available online. Islanders are encouraged to visit the Land Matters PEI website for more information about the comprehensive review of land-related legislation, including the project plan

Media contact:    
Ron Ryder
Communications Officer
(902) 314-6367
rrryder@gov.pe.ca

Backgrounder

The Land Matters Advisory Committee includes: 

James (Jim) Bradley, Summerside - Co-Chair - Mr. Bradley is the past CEO of Amalgamated Dairies Ltd (ADL).

Lori Robinson, Albany - Co-Chair - Ms. Robison is the farm management professional in her family’s agricultural operation, Eric C. Robinson Inc., a sixth-generation farming operation.

Billy Cameron, Hampton - Mr. Cameron is a farmer, growing seed and table potatoes and other rotation crops.  

Hans Connor, Charlottetown - Mr. Connor has experience working in labour law (Union of Public Sector Employees), human resources (APM), and post-secondary teaching (University of Prince Edward Island).

Rodney Dingwell, Marie - Mr. Dingwell was born and raised on a farm and has been farming all his life. He been involved in various boards and committees.

Danielle Gillan, Stratford - Ms. Gillan is a fully accredited Professional Land Use Planner who has gained significant work experience in land related legislation in PEI, in particular the Lands Protection Act, Planning Act and Municipal Government Act.  

Philip Hamming, Bonshaw - Mr. Hamming is a farmer and active member of his community.

Teresa Mellish, New Perth - Dr. Mellish is a farmer with extensive agriculture experience both locally and internationally; and is a founding member of Farmers Helping Farmers

Ashton Perry, Elmsdale - Ms. Perry is employed as Director of Sales/Agronomist for W.P. Griffin Inc.  

Wendy Reid, Charlottetown - Ms. Reid is a retired lawyer with extensive experience in real estate and corporate/commercial law.  

Marshall Smallman, O’Leary - Mr. Smallman is a fifth generation farmer at Smallman Farms Limited.

Donna Waddell, Charlottetown - Ms. Waddell has extensive experience working in municipal government.

An individual, to be named by L’nuey, representing the perspective of the PEI Mi’kmaq.

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