Faculty of Business celebrates community leaders
by Meaghan Whelan
The local business community were out in full force to celebrate the Faculty of Business 24th annual Partners Dinner. On April 22, the faculty honoured three local businessmen and an exemplary co-op employer.
Brad Wicks, BA (‘79), LLB (‘82), MBA (’89) was awarded the Alumni Honour Award in recognition of his ongoing contributions to the Faculty of Business and the wider community. Mr. Wicks is the managing partner with Roebothan McKay Marshall in St. John’s and in 2007 was appointed Queen’s Counsel, an honourary title recognizing exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession.
Mr. Wicks is a longtime supporter of the Faculty of Business through his involvement with student case competitions. When Mr. Wicks was a student, he was a member of the first Memorial team to win the Concordia Cup (now the John Molson MBA International Business Case Competition). His experiences in the competition have led to him becoming a mentor and guest judge for students who are preparing for their own competitions. Mr. Wicks is a former member of the Board of Regents and is very active in the community, sitting on the board of directors of the Brain Injury Association and the Alzheimer’s Society.
The founders of Altius Minerals, Brian Dalton and Roland Butler, were named this year’s Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year. Called the darling of Newfoundland and Labrador’s junior mining industry, Altius Minerals has a diverse portfolio of properties in Newfoundland and Labrador and a reputation for acquiring out-of-favour projects in sectors about to boom. The company has a royalty interest in Voisey’s Bay and this year was the most successful in the organization’s history. Most recently, Progress Magazine named Altius Minerals the second fastest growing company in Atlantic Canada.
Also at Partners Dinner, the Canada Revenue Agency was recognized for reaching a milestone in the business co-operative education program. To date, 319 business students have worked with the agency.