Essay Contest- Deadline Sept. 25

Does Canada Need to Grow its Population?

AIMS on Campus is seeking original, op-ed length submissions. Explain why Canada would benefit economically and socially from a larger national population. Describe how effective public policy could achieve this reality.

Send your 750-word essay by Sept. 25, 2016 to Same address for inquiries.


1st place: $750  |  2nd place: $500  |  3rd place: $25

AIMS opens applications for prestigious student fellowship program

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The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies invites interested post-secondary students to submit an application for the 2016-17 AIMS on Campus Fellowship Program. It is open to students at any post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada, as well as to students of Atlantic Canadian origin who attend school elsewhere in the country.

AIMS is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute that provides a distinctive Atlantic Canadian perspective on economic, political and social issues. The Institute seeks to stimulate public debate with well-considered argument and evidence-based data. AIMS publishes studies, conducts research and contributes to public discourse about our region’s policy challenges.

AIMS on Campus provides a platform for students to promote open, informed policy discussions across campuses in the region.

There are many benefits to student fellowships.

  1. Networking: Join students, academics, elected officials, public servants and professionals from across the country and connect with AIMS staff, research fellows and speakers.
  1. Education: Access AIMS research and learn about the pressing economic, political and social issues facing Canadians. Learn more about public policy and experience the work of a research institute.
  1. Experience: Learn more about short-form writing and publish pieces on the student blog, assist AIMS on various projects and contribute to campus events.

Former student fellows have published their work in regional media outlets, formed campus societies and participated in events throughout Canada with AIMS-affiliated organizations. In addition, they have had the opportunity to increase their network of contacts at AIMS events.

Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in public policy and some understanding of the economic, political and social issues facing Canadians. In addition to those enrolled in universities, students from trade and vocational schools are welcome to apply.

Student fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend for the school year. The Institute also financially supports AIMS on Campus-related events.

There are four components to the AIMS on Campus student fellowship:

  1. Writing for the Institute’s student blog, “Free Exchange.”
  1. Helping to organize and promote campus debate sessions.
  1. Participating in campus events, such as guest speakers and outreach presentations.
  1. Providing research assistance to AIMS staff, research fellows and affiliated authors.

Applications for the AIMS on Campus Student Fellowship Program are due on 27 September 2016. Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, CV and a short writing sample to Visit and for more information about the Institute and the program.

Please direct all other inquiries to Jackson Doughart, coordinator of the AIMS on Campus program. He can be reached at the above e-mail address or by telephone at (902) 429-1143 ext 222.


Imagine Canada with 100-million People

Imagine Canada with 100-million People

Professor Irvin Studin will join us in the Maritimes in November to speak about population growth and demography in Canada. His thesis, that Canadian policy should aim to grow the population to 100 million by the end of this century, represents a significant departure from the country’s present demographic (and strategic) philosophy. With a greater population attained from positive natural growth and immigration, Canada would become a more influential and important country on the world stage, and more vibrant, energetic and effective across its huge territory.

Dr. Studin is President of the Institute for 21st Century Questions, and Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Global Brief magazine. He has been a professor of public policy at leading universities in North America, Europe and Asia, and has been called one of the top international policy thinkers of his generation in the world. He studied at the Schulich School of Business, the London School of Economics, the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and Osgoode Hall Law School, where he received his doctorate as a Governor General’s Gold Medalist. He worked for a number of years in the Privy Council Office (Ottawa) and also the Australian Department of the Cabinet & Prime Minister (Canberra). He speaks English, French, Russian and German.


Nov. 16, 2016 – Sackville, NB
Mount Allison University
7:00 p.m.


Nov. 17, 2016 – Halifax, NS
Venue TBD


For more information, please contact AIMS on Campus Coordinator, Jackson Doughart.
Tel: (902) 429-1143, ext. 222 | E-mail: