In a sold out event, more than 200 Memorial University of Newfoundland alumni and friends gathered on historic Pier 21 to celebrate the province and the university at the second annual Halifax Memorial University Affinity Dinner on May 6.
“This is the first dinner I have attended. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with alumni and meet people,” said Donald Humphreys, a Sir Wilfred Grenfell College campus graduate.
The guests were welcomed by Damhnait Doyle, the master of ceremonies, and chancellor General Rick Hillier’s emotional tribute to Canadian troops.
Dr. Eddy Campbell, Memorial’s acting president and vice-chancellor, received a standing ovation after his brief overview of the Memorial’s accomplishments last year. Dr. Campbell has accepted the position of the president of the University of New Brunswick. In his speech, he emphasized Memorial’s unprecedented growth in research. The university has tripled the amount of funds it invests in research across the faculties in the past 10 years - the largest growth of any university in Canada.
“Memorial is on the cusp of becoming greater than ever. These are very exciting times and I am thrilled that I had an opportunity to be a part of this effort,” he said.
The guests had an opportunity to listen to a keynote from Memorial graduate and world renowned journalist Gwynne Dyer about climate change and the challenges facing the world and the Atlantic provinces. In a lively question period after the keynote, Dr. Dyer and chancellor Hillier further discussed the economic and strategic impacts current climate trends pose.
The Halifax Memorial University Affinity Dinner was sponsored by Johnson Insurance, McInnes Cooper, Nalcor Energy, Ketchum Canada and the Idea Factory.