Centre for Health and Community Research

The Centre for Health and Community Research (CHCR) is located within the UPEI Faculty of Business. The Centre’s purpose is to advance research, education, and knowledge within the fields of health and bioscience. The Centre conducts studies and pilots new treatment options within the health fields, including the new Computer-Based Training for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy program that is currently being piloted in PEI and intended to assist with the treatment for mental health and addictions across Canada. The CHCR is also affiliated with the PEI Division of the Strategies for Patient Oriented Research. In this capacity, CHCR is conducting demonstration projects into the health care systems of PEI and has also built the Secure Island Data Repository (SIDR) on the UPEI campus. SIDR will securely house administration health data as well as valuable research-generated data from investigators on campus.

The CHCR supports the stream of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Biotechnology Management, which enforces the importance of this sector to the Faculty of Business. The Centre aims to integrate knowledge and progress in biotechnology and related sectors into research, education, and learning. It conducts research into the Prince Edward Island Bioscience sector’s development and sustainability and provides networking and partnering opportunities which add to UPEI’s, and the province’s capacity and capabilities in the Biotechnology Sector. For more information, visit the Centre for Health and Community Research website.

Centre for Climate Research

The Centre for Climate Management is a collaborative research group based with the Faculty of Business at the University of Prince Edward Island that specializes in supporting Canadian business sectors in managing the growing risks and vulnerabilities to a changing climate. The challenge is that climate change is affecting all businesses and all industries through a changing physical environment and damaging extreme weather events; impending greenhouse gas emission mitigation regulations and legislation; and a need for adaptation measures to address these changing physical and regulatory environments. The Centre for Climate Management at UPEI focuses on the vulnerability, impacts and adaptation to climate change in the Atlantic Region of Canada as well as on island environments around the world.

The Centre maintains a climate monitoring network of stations across Prince Edward Island, and has brought together Island datasets from other monitoring groups, in order to analyze past climate trends. The Centre also maintains the Climate, Ocean, Atmosphere Data Exchange (COADE), a database of the output from all global climate models participating in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to understand the most likely climate change future. These two tools are applied to the economy and the ecology of the Region such as agriculture, tourism, fisheries, infrastructure, endangered species, habitat conservation and protected areas to provide strategic management under a changing climate.

For more information, please visit the Centre for Climate Management website at

The Hostetter Centre

The Hostetter Centre for Enterprise & Entrepreneurship at the UPEI Faculty of Business is an outreach centre that engages with the local community and beyond to enhance student education in the areas of enterprise and entrepreneurship. Named in recognition of American businessman Ralph Hostetter in 2009, and expanded in 2015, the Centre recognizes Mr. Hostetter’s long-standing commitment to the University and the province of Prince Edward Island.

The Hostetter Centre for Enterprise & Entrepreneurship aims to advance education and research in enterprise and entrepreneurial activity, especially in industries of relevance to PEI. This is in keeping with Hostetter’s strong belief in the value of mentorship and community engagement. The Centre also focuses on the development of students’ entrepreneurial skills through its many program offerings.

“Mr. Ralph Hostetter has made an enduring contribution to students and to our province through his generous support of enterprise and entrepreneurship initiatives in the Faculty of Business at the University of Prince Edward Island,” said UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “Our students, University, and his beloved province of Prince Edward Island continue to benefit from his interest and involvement.” 

Hostetter has committed over $1 million to UPEI in support of students and their learning environment. In 2008 he established the first scholarship for UPEI’s MBA program in honour of his PEI friend, neighbor, and business colleague—the late George Howatt of French River, PEI. 

"The faculty and students of the Faculty of Business continue to be excited and grateful for generous support by Mr. Ralph Hostetter, which provides a wonderful platform for the realization of entrepreneurial opportunities and to expand on our enterprise and research work,” said the Dean of Business, Juergen Krause. “His contributions add great benefits for our students like financial support, incubator space and options to allow them to form start-up initiatives for their business ideas.” 

The Hostetter Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship includes and will advance existing and new activities and programs such as business cooperative education, international exchanges and trade training, mentoring, incubation—through the Launch Pad initiative, executive education, and executive-in-residence programs.