As vice-president of Memorial University (Marine Institute), Glenn Blackwood oversees Canada's largest and most comprehensive education and applied research institute for the ocean sector. Since assuming the position in 2005, Mr. Blackwood has led the Institute though a highly successful expansion including broadening its range of industry-driven academic programs, establishing a new school and two new applied research centres in ocean technology and fisheries ecosystem research and two new master's degree programs, as well as constructing a new marine base in Holyrood, Newfoundland and Labrador.
In 2009, the Newfoundland and Labrador government awarded a Distinction in Innovation Award to the Marine Institute for the SmartBay project. SmartBay is the largest ocean observation project in eastern Canada and an example of partnership with industry, government and institutions.
Mr. Blackwood is well recognized at the national and international level for his collaboration with industry to spearhead major projects. He is also known for his ability to attract funding from private and public sector organizations and his expertise in resource management. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Blackwood directed the Institute's Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources. Under his leadership, the Centre expanded its scope, research capability in conservation and selectivity harvesting technologies, gear technology and resource management, making it a worldwide leader in sustainable fisheries and development.
Previously, Mr. Blackwood was the managing director of the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) and served as assistant deputy minister of fisheries and director of resource analysis with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Blackwood holds a MA in fisheries resource management and B.Sc. (Honours) in marine biology from Memorial University.