UPEI adjunct professor selected to participate in Action Canada Fellowship program

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Dr. Jeffrey Collins
Dr. Jeffrey Collins

Dr. Jeffrey Collins, an adjunct professor at UPEI, has been selected to participate in the Action Canada Fellowship program.

During the ten-month program, Dr. Collins and 16 other participants will study Canada’s natural resource sector, meet with experts, and visit communities across the country during four field trips to learn about local policy challenges and opportunities, as well as distinct cultures, institutions, communities, and economies. Their first study tour will be in Calgary, Alberta, from June 17–22.

Dr. Collins is a senior policy analyst within the Department of National Defence’s Director General--Material Systems and Supply Chain team. He is a noted expert on Canadian defence procurement and policy. He has published extensively, including dozens of reports and articles, and two books, Reassessing the Revolution in Military Affairs (2015) and Canada’s Defence Procurement Woes (2023). Since 2015, he has been a part-time adjunct professor at UPEI, teaching in two graduate international relations programs. He is also a board member of the Banff Forum, one of Canada’s leading public policy conferences.

In recognition of his public service leadership with the Government of Prince Edward Island from 2016 to 2022, he was awarded a Ministerial Medal for Public Policy Innovation. In 2019, as a result of his work on Prince Edward Island-United States trade relations, he participated in the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program on US Foreign Policy Decision-Making. Prior to joining the PEI Public Service, he was a policy advisor to Canada’s Minister of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Collins holds a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University, an MA in International Relations from the University of Birmingham, a law degree from the University of Aberdeen, and a BA and Certificate in Public Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He lives in Stratford, PEI, with his spouse, Jenny, and daughters Eva and Maggie.

In 2017, Action Canada and the Public Policy Forum joined to expand Canada’s top accelerator of new leaders. Together, they deliver the Action Canada Fellowship, which aims to enhance emerging leaders’ understanding of the country and public policy choices for the future. Action Canada offers its fellows a deepening understanding of the country, while also equipping them with policymaking tools and fostering connections with diverse leaders nationwide. This immersive experience encourages fellows to engage with grassroots realities on the ground, while also helping hone their leadership skills. Since 2023, over 300 alumni have gone through the program.

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