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February 19, 2004


Business leaders
to discuss balanced living

By Aimee Sheppard
As part of the 39th Annual Business Day Conference, Memorial alumni will help graduating business students and members of the local community achieve balance in their lives. This year’s conference is scheduled for Friday, March 5, at the Fairmont Newfoundland and promises to be an informative and exciting day.

The interaction between the students and members of the business community is a learning experience for both sides.

“I am delighted to be a part of business day,” said keynote speaker Dean MacDonald, executive vice-president and COO of Rogers Cable Inc. “As a B.Comm. graduate, I understand the importance of this event to the graduating class. Likewise, I believe the interaction between the students and members of the business community is a learning experience for both sides and I am reenergized by the students ideas and ideals.”

Business Day, a one-day conference organized by the graduating bachelor of commerce class, gives students, faculty, and local business people an opportunity to hear professionals discuss a timely business theme. This year’s theme Finding the Balance revolves around three main ideas: Self, Business Practices and Social Responsibility.

“The theme of this year’s business day is particularly relevant in this time of connectivity and advanced technologies,” said Mr. MacDonald from a meeting in Toronto via his wireless blackberry device. “It seems that as business people, more and more is expected from us. We also have high expectations of ourselves in terms of community involvement and personal leisure time. It’s almost to the point that sleep is a nuisance. So clearly life balance is the brass ring we all constantly desire.”

Other guest speakers include Leslie Galway, president and CEO of Newfoundland Ocean Industries Association; Heather Billou, director of Social and Enterprise Development Innovations; Geoff Eaton, founder and executive director of RealTime Cancer; and Jason Trask, local entrepreneur. Paul Thomey, president of the St. John’s Board of Trade, will moderate this year’s conference.

For ticket information, contact the Business Day committee by phone at 737-3566, by e-mail at, or at


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