"To encourage people not to be afraid, to reach out to each other. Whether its women who have been diagnosed with cancer or their family and friends dare to reach out. Live with your heart closest to the surface."
Several Memorial alumni are among the Newfoundland nominees for the Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year awards: Heidi Scott (B.Ed. 86) of Healthquest Incorporated; Rick Young, Paul Pinhorn and Trevor Decker (all technology diplomas naval architecture) of Tri-Nav Consultants Incorporated; and Emad Rizkalla (B.Eng. 92) of ZeddComm Inc. There are 45 nominees in the Atlantic region. The winner will be announced Sept. 27 and will be eligible for the national competition in late October.
"Not bad for a guy who wasnt local."
An alumni-run wireless technology company, TwoLofts Inc. has joined forces with Academy Canada to deliver e-learning services to China. The company, a recent graduate of the Genesis Centre, is the brainchild of the husband-wife team of Jason and Krista Trask (both B. Comm. 99).
"When you go to a store and see a box of Lucky Charms for $13, it drives the point home."
Engineering alumnus Paul Griffin (B.Eng. 87) had the pleasure of announcing that the company he helms, NewTech Instruments Limited, has secured a $10 million contract with General Motors to supply control panels for light armoured vehicles for the US army, Australia and New Zealand. Griffin calls it the largest order in our history and one of the largest defense contracts ever achieved by a Canadian based business.
"Many people have a desire during their working career to do something on their own. When the opportunity came, I took advantage of it."
Representatives of Design Base Inc. have just returned from a European junket that saw them secure partnership agreements with companies in Cologne, Germany and Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The Design Base team includes Andrew Noonan (B.Comm. 00), Andrew Ryall (B.Comm. 01) and Mike Condon (B.Comm. 99).