Conference 2017 – Expedition Cruising

AH18 October 16, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Creating Ambassadors: Expedition Cruising Helps Secure the Future of Sable Island” Allow us to introduce Cedar Swan, an adventurer and passionate outdoor enthusiast. The CEO of Adventure Canada—as well as an expedition planner…

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Conference 2017 – Seeking Sable’s Lost Wrecks:

AH18 October 15, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Seeking Sable’s Lost Wrecks: Following a Digital Paper Trail” With some 350 ships thought to have wrecked on Sable Island, it’s sometimes called “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”. At our conference, Bill…

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Conference 2017 – Marine Debris and Micro Plastics

AH18 October 14, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Atlantic Canada Microplastics Research Project” Marine debris and micro plastics. Unpleasant for sure, but what does the research tell us? Ariel Smith, MEnv, is the Marine Debris Project Coordinator at Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation…

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Conference 2017 – Sable Island Horse Research

AH18 October 13, 2017

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Population Ecology of the Sable Island Horses”  Sable Island’s most famous inhabitants are its horses. And here’s the man who may understand them the best.Philip D. McLoughlin is an Associate Professor…

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Thank You Bill Freedman

October 28, 2015

It was sad to hear of the passing of Bill Freedman in late September 2015.…

AGM 2015 Recap

June 25, 2015

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2015 Annual General Meeting on June 24th at the…

Conference Thanks

June 2, 2015

One month ago today we opened the first Sable Island Conference. It was exciting to…

Conference Keynote Speaker, Friday, Oct. 20: Karen Prentice, Q.C., ICD.D


The Friends of Sable Island Society is thrilled that Karen Prentice, Q.C., ICD.D. will deliver the keynote address to open its 2017 conference: The Science and History of Sable Island, on Friday evening, Oct. 20, 2017.

Karen is a Calgary-based corporate director with more than 30 years of combined legal, executive management and governance experience.

Her late husband, The Honourable Jim Prentice, P.C., Q.C., was instrumental in getting National Park status for Sable Island when he was Minister of the Environment. Karen remembers Jim’s thick binder of reports, and many meetings and late night conversations to make it happen.

On Dec. 1, 2013, Sable Island National Park Reserve became officially protected under Canada’s National Parks Act as its 43rd National Park. Parks Canada assumed full administrative control of the island and is assessing its ecological and biodiversity. This assessment will lay the foundation for a park management plan.

Karen’s own connection to Sable Island deepened when she travelled there in July 2017. Her first-hand experience walking on Sable Island’s shores and meeting those who continue to work to protect and preserve it will inspire her keynote address.

More about Karen Prentice:
Karen currently serves on the board of directors of TSX traded Liquor Stores N.A. Ltd. She was a director of Matrix Solutions Inc., chaired the Board of Trustees of CANMARC REIT and served for six years as a member of the Alberta Securities Commission. Prior to that, she was Executive Vice-President of ENMAX Corporation.
Her extensive not for profit governance experience includes having been a director or chair of over a dozen boards spanning the diverse sectors of visual, performing, and literary arts, mathematics, science, and advanced education. She currently is a director of the National Arts Centre Foundation and the Walrus Foundation. She holds an L.L.B. in Law from the University of Calgary and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan.

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