The Honourable H. Wade MacLauchlan was sworn in as Premier of Prince Edward Island on February 23, 2015.
Prior to entering provincial politics, Wade served as the University of Prince Edward Island President from 1999 to 2011. During that time, UPEI rose in stature regionally and nationally, made dramatic strides in research and development, and placed enhanced emphasis on community engagement.
Previously, he was Dean of Law at the University of New Brunswick and a professor of law at Dalhousie University.
Wade authored the political biography of Alex. B Campbell, Prince Edward Island’s longest-serving premier, entitled Alex B. Campbell: The Prince Edward Island Premier Who Rocked the Cradle. He spent three years researching, interviewing Islanders and writing the political biography, which covers the most transformative period in modern Island history.
He completed his early education in Stanhope before studying at the University of Prince Edward Island, the University of New Brunswick, and Yale University.
Wade was named to the Order of Canada in 2008 and to the Order of Prince Edward Island in 2014.
He has extensive community involvement, including serving as a member of the local council in the Community of North Shore; co-chairing the Georgetown Conference; serving as a board member of the Federation of P.E.I. Municipalities; and serving on the boards of several large philanthropic foundations.
Premier MacLauchlan has deep roots in Prince Edward Island. He was born in Stanhope and today resides just a few miles away in West Covehead, with his partner Duncan McIntosh.