Athletics Advisory Board

As outlined in the UPEI Strategic Plan 2013-18, the University of Prince Edward Island is committed to its academic mission, while at the same time recognizes the importance of the student experience inside and outside the classroom. This experience includes varsity athletics—whether from the perspective of a student competing in university sport, or of a student who cheers on the Panthers from the stands.

A successful varsity athletics program matters greatly to our campus and to the broader community we serve. We are extremely proud of our student athletes as they strive for excellence in sport, academics, and community.

In a clear demonstration of the University’s commitment to UPEI Athletics and Recreation, and how university sport contributes greatly to positive university-community connection, the President created and chairs the Athletics Advisory Board, which comprises community members, former student athletes, and alumni. The Advisory Board held its first meeting on September 15, 2014.

Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz

Dr. Abd-El-Aziz became President and Vice-Chancellor of UPEI on July 1, 2011. Since that time, he has championed a highly collaborative planning process to define and advance the strategic direction of UPEI. An accomplished chemist, Dr. Abd-El-Aziz continues to engage in his passion for both teaching and research by offering an undergraduate course, supervising graduate students, and maintaining a research laboratory on campus. read more

Dr. Katherine Ellis Ghiz

Dr. Ellis Ghiz, a native of Charlottetown, is a former UPEI basketball player and CIS Academic All-Canadian. She studied at Dalhousie University and received her Doctor of Medicine with Distinction in 2005. She is a hospitalist physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown and has served as a volunteer with many local charitable and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Tracy Ellsworth
BEd’87, BA’88, MEd’05

Ms. Ellsworth is currently Vice-Principal at St. Jean Elementary School and has over twenty years teaching experience in the PEI public school system. She is former Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and player with UPEI Women's Basketball and has an extensive history in coaching at the club and provincial level. Ms. Ellsworth is President of the Charlottetown Minor Basketball Association.

Mr. John Horrelt

Mr. Horrelt is an entrepreneur involved in retail, property development, and construction. He is President of the PEI Canadian Mental Health Association and the Adventure Group, Chair of PEI 2014 Board and Community Advisory Committee, Chair of the Norton Diamond Soccer Complex and also serves on several other volunteer boards. He has broad volunteer experience with amateur sport and is a long time supporter of UPEI Athletics and Recreation.

Ms. Heather Howatt

Ms. Howatt is managing partner and owner of Results Marketing & Advertising with more than 20 years experience in marketing/communications, consulting, and management. She is a life-long sports fan and supporter and has been involved with a number of community sport organizations such as the UPEI Women’s Hockey Booster Club, Charlottetown Hockey Mommas, and is a coach with Winsloe-Charlottetown Royalty Football Club. 

Dr. Joe Hyndman

A native of Charlottetown, Dr. Hyndman graduated from PWC prior to attaining his medical degree at Dalhousie, and postgraduate education at UBC and in the US. A former PWC hockey player, he also competed for Dalhousie. An orthopaedic surgeon, presently Dr. Hyndman is Vice-President of Medicine and Academics and serves on the senior Executive team of the IWK in Halifax.

Mr. Bill LeClair

Mr. LeClair has the distinction of having played varsity hockey for both the Saint Dunstan’s Saints and the UPEI Panthers. After graduating with his law degree from Dalhousie University, he moved to Alberta and has been in private practice since and is now senior partner of LeClair Thibeault, one of the largest real estate firms in Calgary. A recipient of a UPEI Distinguished Alumni Award, Mr. LeClair is founder and chair of Friends of UPEI–Calgary.

Mr. Ron McInnis

An Island native, Mr. McInnis is former UPEI hockey player who began his career with TD Canada Trust shortly after graduating with his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1978. After working in various departments in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Ontario with TD Canada Trust, he currently is Senior Vice-President of the Greater Toronto Region, Retail Distribution, for TD Canada Trust and TD Bank Group.

Mr. Doug Newson

Born and raised in Charlottetown, Mr. Newson is a former UPEI basketball player and UPEI Male Athlete of the Year. After receiving his MBA from Dalhousie and working in Halifax in the airline industry, he and his family moved back to PEI when Doug was appointed CEO of the Charlottetown Airport Authority. He is vice-chair UPEI Panther Basketball Green and White Club.

Mr. Mike O`Brien

Mr. O’Brien is a Chartered Accountant who recently retired as Senior Business Advisor with McInnes Cooper after serving as a Deputy Minister and Deputy Provincial Treasurer with the Province of PEI. He has contributed greatly to the Island community by holding many leadership roles in a number of volunteer and charitable organizations. He is a SDU hockey alumnus and is treasurer of the Friends of UPEI Men’s Hockey.

Mr. Jim Revell

While at UPEI, Mr. Revell played football and since graduating, has actively followed and supported UPEI Athletics and Recreation. He holds a law degree from Dalhousie University and is CEO of the Insurance Company of Prince Edward Island.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Health PEI and has been involved with the boards of several sport and charitable organizations.

Dr. Bill Stanish

Dr. Stanish is Professor of Surgery at Dalhousie University and is founder and Director of the Orthopaedic and Sport Medicine Clinic of Nova Scotia. He is a former PWC football, hockey and basketball player. While pursuing his MD at Dalhousie University, he captained the varsity football and hockey teams and was twice awarded Male Athlete of the Year. He was Chief Medical Officer for the Canadian Olympic Team in the 1984 and 1988 Olympic games. An esteemed member of the research community, Dr. Stanish has authored multiple book chapters, articles and textbooks. He is a member of the NS Sports Hall of Fame, Dalhousie University Sport Hall of Fame, and UPEI Sport Hall of Fame. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Laws from St. Francis Xavier University and has been inducted into the Order of Nova Scotia.

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