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Energy chief speaks on resource potential

By Bojan Furst

On the day that Newfoundland and Labrador was proclaimed a "have province," Ed Martin, the president and CEO of Energy Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, added to the good news by painting an optimistic picture of the province’s energy wealth to a large audience of Memorial alumni and friends of Memorial Nov. 3.

Mr. Martin was speaking at the eighth annual Ottawa Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador Dinner to a crowd of more than 300 guests at the Château Laurier.

Mr. Martin said that the province’s energy corporation will help to ensure the continuing prosperity of the province and provide solutions to some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our generation.

He added that smartly investing the oil and gas windfall will ensure that today’s children will be left with a sound foundation for long term, green and sustainable energy sources.

“It’s our responsibility to get it right and we will get it right,” Mr. Martin said. “We have a plan. We know where we are going and we are sticking to it. It’s about being the best we can be."

A wide range of guests from business, government and academia attended the Ottawa event. Among the guests were Kathy Dunderdale, deputy premier of Newfoundland and Labrador who also spoke at the event that supports a Memorial University Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Eddy Campbell, acting president and vice-chancellor, offered his vision of the university’s future.

“Memorial University and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador are on the cusp of making a leap to even higher peaks. We now know that Newfoundland sits on precious natural resources that can, and, I believe, will help us remain a ‘have’ province,” Dr. Campbell said.

He added that what makes this opportunity truly exciting is that this time the opportunities are not tied to only one resource.

“Newfoundlanders are proud and passionate people. I believe that we can harness that pride and passion and the sense of purpose and urgency to build a knowledge-based economy that will support the generations yet to come,” he said.

The event was emceed by Canada AM co-host and true Newfoundlander and Labradorian Seamus O’Regan and entertainment was provided by stand-up comedian John Sheehan.

On Tuesday night, Nov. 4, former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Brian Tobin took centre stage as the keynote speaker for the 4th Annual Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador Dinner in Toronto, presented by the Toronto Chapter of the Alumni Association.

The master of ceremonies was Jonny Harris, actor, comedian and graduate of Sir Wilfred Grenfell's School of Fine Art.

The Affinity dinners are organized by alumni and friends of Memorial in conjunction with the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development.