Noble Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier to speak at UPEI

by pmnationtalk on June 7, 2018249 Views

June 06, 2018

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier will be the keynote presenter at the annual symposium of The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) Thursday, June 21, at 7:00 pm in room 128 of UPEI’s Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering. All are welcome.

The address, titled Everything is Connected: Environment, Economy, Foreign Policy, Sustainability, Human Rights and Leadership in the 21st Century, will be provided free to the public on National Aboriginal Day. Watt-Cloutier will sign books after her presentation in the RBC Concourse of the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering.

Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision makers for over a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today—the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability—not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole. At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we’re headed.

In 2007, Watt-Cloutier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work in showing the impact of global climate change on human rights—especially in the Arctic, where it is felt more immediately, and more dramatically, than anywhere else in the world. Watt-Cloutier is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and the recipient of the Aboriginal Achievement Award, the UN Champion of the Earth Award, the Norwegian Sophie Prize, and the Right Livelihood Award, which she won in November 2015 and is widely considered the “Nobel Alternative.”

Watt-Cloutier is the author of the memoir, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet, published in 2015. The book was nominated for the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. In 2017, the book was shortlisted for CBC Canada Reads, defended by Chantal Kreviazuk. Watt-Cloutier was also shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

ACIC, an umbrella organization with more than 60 members across the Atlantic, is holding its annual symposium this year in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The event, titled Walking Together Towards a Sustainable Future, will take place Thursday, June 21, until Saturday, June 23, at the University of Prince Edward island. Find the full agenda at

For interviews with Sheila Watt-Cloutier, contact:

Yenny van Andel
Event Coordinator, Speakers’ Spotlight
179 John St, Suite 302, Toronto, ON M5T 1X4
416-345-1559 ext.230

For more information contact:

Janelle Frail
Communications and Membership Officer, Atlantic Council for International Cooperation,
210-2099 Gottingen St., Halifax, NS B3K 3B2,
902.431.2311, (c) 902.430.6486

Dave Atkinson
Research Communications Officer

Department: Marketing and Communication

Phone: (902) 620-5117



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