Regional economic advisory councils seek members

With Premier MacLauchlan and Minister Murphy are the chairs of the West and East Regional Economic Councils, Jason Ramsay (middle), Scott Annear (second right) and Gail Ellis of ADL.

As one of the first chairs of the province’s new regional economic advisory councils, Jason Ramsay will have the chance to work with others who share his passion for helping his community succeed.

Ramsay, who will chair the West Regional Economic Advisory Council, is one of four chairpersons that Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Rural and Regional Development Minister Pat Murphy introduced today in Summerside.

To join one of the councils – which will help drive the Island’s economic growth and advise the premier and cabinet on the future of our communities – Islanders can apply through Engage PEI.

“The creation of these four councils will allow for the diversity, opportunities and challenges of each community to be recognized and prioritized,” said Ramsay, of Alberton. “At the same time, because of our province’s size, we have the opportunity to work together as a whole to ensure greater prosperity for all regions.”

“Islanders know how to work together to make big things happen – it’s one of the things that makes us mighty,” Premier MacLauchlan said. “Together we have built an economy that is diverse, connected, and growing, and I look forward to working alongside our councils as we set a clear direction for our province’s growth and prosperity going forward.”

Specific goals of the advisory councils will include:

• developing economic growth strategies for the region, identifying and leveraging strength areas, and drawing on existing economic development organizations, as well as municipal and federal governments, to ensure a collaborative effort;

• identifying platforms and clusters in the region (including food, energy, technology, and bioscience) and advise on growth and investment opportunities in these sectors;

• ensuring labour development and youth entrepreneurship activity that is connected to growth potential in the region;

• enhancing population growth in each region, and specifically help in targeted population attraction drawn by employment and economic opportunities; and
• advising on strategic infrastructure development that supports growth in the region.

“In order for our province to thrive and Islanders to benefit, we need to work together,” Minister Murphy said. “Our regional economic advisory councils will help guide the development of our communities and create a strong and vibrant province that future generations will be proud of.”


Jason Ramsay, Chair, West Regional Economic Advisory Council
Mr. Ramsay is a senior representative with McCain Produce and a recognized community leader in West Prince.
Rick Kennedy, Chair, East Prince/West Queens Regional Economic Advisory Council
Mr. Kennedy is a Chartered Accountant from Summerside and is the current president of Curran and Briggs, a heavy construction company specializing in road and highway construction as well as project and land development.
Jennifer Dunn, Chair, Capital/Central Regional Economic Advisory Council
Ms. Dunn is a Partner, Canadian Tax at BDO Canada and has over 20 years of public accounting experience in a variety of not-for-profit, private- and public-sector engagements.
Scott Annear, Chair, East Regional Economic Advisory Council
Mr. Annear is the owner and general manager of Morley Annear Ltd., a significant trucking company located in Montague. Mr. Annear is also involved in the tourism sector with River Run Dining Cruises which operates out of Montague and Georgetown.

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Department of Rural and Regional Development

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