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Business celebrates partners

By Meaghan Whelan

The Faculty of Business presented the Alumni Honour Award and Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the annual Partners Celebration on April 27.

Ed Martin, president and chief executive officer of Nalcor Energy and graduate of the bachelor of commerce program, was the recipient of the Alumni Honour Award in recognition of his career success and contribution to the community.

Dr. Wilfred Zerbe, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, said that Mr. Martin’s exceptional career success and commitment to the faculty and the wider community made him the ideal recipient for the award. “Ed Martin embodies many of the characteristics that we hope our students develop throughout their time with us – an entrepreneurial spirit, an innovative mind, a community focus, and an appreciation for balance. He’s an excellent choice for the Alumni Honour Award.”

“I am honoured and humbled by this award,” said Mr. Martin. “A strong education is so important for success and Memorial’s business school is providing a world-class education for our young people as they embark upon their careers around the world. My commerce degree and co-op experience were the foundation for success in my career and I am proud to be associated with Memorial University.”

The Gardiner Centre’s 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year award was given to Jamie King, Brendan Brothers and Raymond Pretty, co-founders of Verafin Inc., a software company that specializes in fraud and money laundering detection solutions.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the provincial Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development and Memorial University of Newfoundland were each recognized for reaching a milestone in the co-operative education program. ACOA and the Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development have each hired more than 300 business students, while Memorial was recognized for hiring more than 700 business students.

Dr. Zerbe, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, said the event is an important touchstone for the Faculty of Business. “The relationship between the business community and our faculty is extremely important. Partners is an opportunity for us to celebrate that relationship and recognize individuals who are making a difference within our faculty and community.”
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