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Business acknowledges its partners


From left, Dr. Gary Kachanoski, Glenn Hickey, Earl Ludlow, Dr. Wilfred Zerbe and Janet Gardiner

 

By Jennifer Kelly

There was a lot to celebrate at the Faculty of Business Administration’s annual Partners celebration, but the highlight was hearing how much winning the Alumni Honour Award and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award meant to the recipients.

Earl Ludlow, president and chief executive officer of Newfoundland Power Inc. and a graduate of the master of business administration program, was the recipient of the Alumni Honour Award in recognition of his career success and contribution to the community.

Glenn Hickey, owner and president of the Hickey Group of Companies, was the recipient of the Gardiner Centre’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Both recipients praised the other in their respective acceptance speeches and expressed humble surprise at being selected. “I was shocked upon learning I had been selected,” said Mr. Hickey.

Mr. Ludlow also commented on the honour of winning and said he “did not envision standing before such a distinguished group of people accepting this award.”

Dr. Wilfred Zerbe, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, spoke about Mr. Ludlow’s commitment to the business community and to the wider community.

“Mr. Ludlow possesses vision, business acumen and in-depth understanding of our community,” Dr. Zerbe noted. “He offers the kind of insight and perspective unique to a man who has rich business and community involvement.”

Mr. Ludlow credited Memorial University for his success. “I view my Memorial University education as the solid foundation on which I have built my career,” he said. “All around the world, Memorial graduates are proving that the calibre of individuals that come from this university are among the very best the country has to offer.”

Also recognized that evening was Grant Thornton LLP and the Department of Finance, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, for reaching a milestone in the co-operative education program and for their commitment to hiring co-op students.

The event was attended by two high-profile special guests: Provincial Premier Kathy Dunderdale and Memorial President Dr. Gary Kachanoski.

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