Premier King announces Renew PEI: Council for Recovery and Growth

Premier Dennis King announced today a team of skilled, innovative thinkers to help lead the effort to establish a plan for recovery and growth potential for Prince Edward Island over the next one, two, five and ten years.  

The Council for Recovery and Growth, consisting of twenty-eight Islanders from various backgrounds and organizations, will engage Islanders and organizations in creating a plan to harness growth and build opportunity.

“COVID-19 has impacted all Islanders – our entire well-being has been threatened. But not surprisingly, we have risen to the occasion and, as we now come up for air to start to “renew” our province, we need to chart a clear path forward, one that does not necessarily take us back to our ‘pre-COVID’ normal. We have an opportunity to learn from this time period – and we must.  I am excited and inspired to bring this group together and challenge them to help bring forward ideas on how we can make PEI a better place to live, work and play.”

- Premier Dennis King

Renew PEI will also include action teams created within government to renew how government deliver services and programs of support to Islanders. The focus of these teams will include modernizing health care services, enhancing how our students learn, and improving frontline government services to better serve the needs of Islanders.  

A number of groups and organizations will have the opportunity to partner with the Council, contributing from their own perspective and that of their respective industry. These partners will be announced in the coming weeks.   

Each member of the Legislative Assembly also will be asked by the Premier to engage their constituents through a variety of interactions including meetings, round table discussions or virtual platforms for contributions to Renew PEI. Members will be encouraged to be creative in involving their constituents and communities to ensure that the final plan encompasses feedback from Tignish to Souris and all points in between.   

The Council will hold its inaugural meeting next week virtually. The Council will be tasked to work quickly and report back to government by the end of August.  

Media Contact: 
Amanda Hamel
Executive Director, Communications and Public Engagement
Office of the Premier
(902) 368-4400 


The Renew PEI: Council for Recovery and Growth membership includes: 

  • Jason Aspin, Aspin Kemp & Associates
  • Steve Bellamy, Confederation Centre of the Arts
  • Adam Binkley - Boys & Girls Club of Summerside 
  • Dawn Binns, Insight Brand & Marketing Studio
  • Julia Campbell, JEMS Boutique and Anne of Green Gables Store
  • Mike Cassidy, T3 Transit
  • Mitch Cobb, Upstreet Brewing
  • Mark Coffin, Tronosjet
  • Stefanie Corbett, Island Capital Partners
  • Isabelle Dasylva-Gill, Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin
  • Esther Dockendorff, PEI Mussel King
  • Adam Fenech, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Chad Herron, Cows Inc.
  • Amy Hsiao, University of Prince Edward Island
  • Karen Jackson, PEI Union of Public Sector Employees
  • Amber Jadis, Bricks 4 Kids
  • Ray Keenan, Rollo Bay Holdings
  • Cynthia MacLeod, Award-winning musical artist
  • Moyna Matheson - Samuel’s Coffee House 
  • Chris Matters, Link Consulting
  • Darren Mitchell, Trout River Industries
  • Mohammed Moin, Somru Bioscience
  • Terry Nabuurs, Wheel House and Terry’s Berries
  • Michelle Oliver, Holland College
  • Debbie Plouffe, Centre for Aquaculture Technologies Canada
  • Sydney Seggie, Fellow Earthlings
  • Michael Smith, Inn at Bay Fortune
  • Treena Smith, Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Oliver Technow, BioVectra
  • Joanne Thompson, Thinking Big
  • Jenene Wooldridge, L’nuey

General Inquiries

Office of the Premier
5th Floor South, Shaw Building
95 Rochford Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-4400
Fax: 902-368-4416