Prince Edward Island—Luke PoirierPublished on 7 February 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Elizabeth Hubley (retired)
Hon. Elizabeth Hubley (Deputy Leader of the Senate Liberals):
Honourable senators, I’m extremely pleased to rise today to highlight the work of Luke Poirier from Cascumpec, Prince Edward Island. Luke, a PhD candidate studying Environmental Sciences in the Department of Biology at the University of Prince Edward Island, is one of many young Islanders whose work and research directly impact and benefit our Island.
Luke’s current project links invasive species research with shellfish resource management by addressing the concerns of Prince Edward Island shell fishers in addressing the invasive European Green Crab. This species of crab is one of the 10 most unwanted species in the world and threatens Atlantic Canadian ecosystems. Working closely with local stakeholders, he hopes to commercialize a soft-shelled crab product that holds high value in overseas markets. He is applying creative measures to protect local ecosystems from this invasive species while also supporting Prince Edward Island’s world-famous shellfish industry.
Luke’s research is one example of the university’s strong relationship with rural communities in P.E.I.
In November 2015, Luke was named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 under-40 leaders by 21inc. He also participated as a panellist at the conference session entitled “Higher Ed: A long view on the education system.” He remains with the organization as a part of a growing network of young leaders who wish to see Atlantic Canada mobilize and create their own positive change.
Closer to home, Luke is involved with Fusion Charlottetown, a network of youth in Charlottetown dedicated to making the city a better place to live, and is a member of their sustainability committee.
Luke is active in science education. He performs outreach through Let’s Talk Science at UPEI, which conducts science and technology outreach to local public schools to provide fun and educational hands-on activities for children. Additionally, he is currently employed as an instructor at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.
Luke is a member of the P.E.I. Youth Futures Council, a province-wide youth advisory body established by the provincial government to enhance programs, policies, strategies and resources for young Island youth.
After the completion of his PhD, Luke hopes to continue in the marine science sector, either in government or academia. He remains passionate about research at UPEI and hopes to further the engagement of scientists in public policy.
It is the exceptional contribution of young Islanders like Luke Poirier that continues to drive our province forward. You are making our home a better place to live. Thank you.