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Student-run Business Day to feature professional leaders

Student Charlotte Gifford is one of the 10 Business Day committee members.

By Megan Denty

The Faculty of Business Administration's 47th Annual Business Day will take place on Friday, March 16, for students, faculty and alumni of Memorial University, as well as for members of the local business community at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John's. This year's theme is Innovation and Sustainability.

The professional event, which will take place from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, features an impressive variety of speakers including Earl Ludlow, president and chief executive officer of Newfoundland Power Inc.; Cathy Bennett, chief executive officer of the Bennett Group of Companies; Steve Power, chair of the St. John's Board of Trade; and Glenn Stanford, chief operating officer and governor of the St. John's IceCaps.

As in the past, the Business Day event has been organized and prepared by a team of students from the graduating bachelor of commerce class. Co-chair of the business day committee, Charlotte Gifford, calls the participating team of 10 an "amazing" group of individuals without whom the event would be impossible.

"The entire planning process has really taught me to rely on the skills of others and trust in them as members of the team," said Ms. Gifford. "Every day we're dealing with people we've never met and making decisions quickly. We have all learned so much that will benefit us in the future."

Ms. Gifford also cites a tremendous amount of support from the Faculty of Business Administration in terms of resources and expertise, especially that of Carol Sullivan, external relations and engagement within the faculty.

Thirty-one sponsorships, including the real estate, accounting, technology and food and drink industries, were obtained by the student Business Day committee.

"Without the support of the local business community, this event would not be possible," said Stephanie Hartery, treasurer of the committee.

Business Day co-chair Samantha Phelan says the event can benefit all students on many levels.

"This event is a great networking opportunity for both students and local companies," she said. "Students from many disciplines will learn about how top business professionals from the community have created success for themselves in Newfoundland and Labrador."

Tickets for the event are $60 or $35 for students. See for details.