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REF NO.: 153

SUBJECT: Faculty of Business Administration announces annual alumni and entrepreneur honours

DATE: March 28,2012

            Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration continues its tradition of honouring excellence in the alumni and business communities by announcing Peg Hunter as the recipient of the Alumni Honour Award and Bernard Collins as the recipient of the Gardiner Centre Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
            The recipients’ accomplishments will be celebrated at the faculty’s 28th Annual Partners reception, on Thursday, May 17, at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s.
            Now in its 28th year, Partners is the Faculty of Business Administration’s flagship annual event, bringing together the business faculty, students, alumni and community to pay tribute to those who have achieved excellence in business and have also used their skills and expertise to the benefit of others.
            A graduate of the bachelor of commerce class of 1982, Ms. Hunter is the vice-president of marketing and communications for The Home Depot Canada, and vice-chair of the Canadian Marketing Association. A native of St. John’s, Ms. Hunter got her start promoting Maxwell House coffee for General Foods and went on to help develop some of the country’s best known brands, including Canadian Tire and The Home Depot.
            Bernard (Tanny) Collins is president of PF Collins International Trade Solutions, a St. John's-based provider of integrated international trade and
logistics services. Mr. Collins is credited with enhancing the customs brokerage
business founded by his grandfather in 1921, transforming it into a major player in trade consulting and project logistics, particularly within the marine and offshore supply sectors, and expanding the business to include offices in Halifax and Calgary.
            “Partners brings the business community together and showcases the achievements of our alumni and our entrepreneurs,” said Dr. Wilfred Zerbe, dean, Faculty of Business Administration. “Peg and Tanny are business people with fulfilling, interesting and rewarding careers and they’ve used their skills and experience to serve the community as well. That is a measure of true success and they are inspiring for today’s students and for us all.”
                        The Gardiner Centre Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year Award is presented annually by the Faculty of Business Administration’s Gardiner Centre. The centre provides timely and relevant open enrolment and customized management training and professional development and is a vital conduit connecting the faculty and the university with the province’s employers.
            Brian Hurley, director of the Gardiner Centre, said this year’s recipient embodies the spirit of entrepreneurism in Newfoundland and Labrador.
            “An entrepreneur does not always have to create something completely new but rather may see and pursue a new opportunity,” Mr. Hurley said. “Tanny saw market opportunities and built on PF Collins’ existing strengths – in particular the culture of customer service. I’m willing to bet that the growth is not over by a long shot.”

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For more information, please contact Moira Finn, communications co-ordinator, Memorial University, Faculty of Business Administration, at mfinn@mun.ca or (709) 864-2616.
 
 
ABOUT OUR AWARD RECIPIENTS:
 
Ms. Peg Hunter
Vice-president, marketing and communications
The Home Depot Canada
 
Peg Hunter (nee Buckingham) is vice-president, marketing and communications, for The Home Depot Canada, and a corporate officer of the world’s largest home improvement retailer. In her role she is responsible for all Canadian marketing efforts for the 180-store chain, and is also responsible for the homedepot.ca e-commerce channel.
 
Peg started her career in brand management with General Foods (Kraft) in 1983 and has since held progressive executive positions in the worlds of advertising, consulting and retail. Prior to her current role, Peg held the positions of vice-president, marketing and merchandising, Grand &Toy, and divisional vice-president, merchandising and innovation, Canadian Tire Corporation.
 
A St. John’s native, Peg stayed in touch with Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration, serving for five years on the faculty’s advisory board and speaking at student events and lectures. She is also chair and a founding director of The Home Depot Canada Foundation and vice-chair of the Canadian Marketing Association board of directors.
 
Peg holds a bachelor of commerce degree (’82) from Memorial University and a master of business administration (’83) from the University of Toronto.
 
Bernard J. (Tanny) Collins
President, PF Collins International Trade Solutions
 
Bernard J. (Tanny) Collins has been the president of PF Collins International Trade Solutions since 1978. Established by his grandfather, Patrick Francis Collins in 1921, Tanny joined the family business in 1971, tasked with developing PF Collins’ involvement in the province’s emerging offshore petroleum industry. Under his leadership, the company has evolved from a small customs brokerage firm into a modern and progressive integrated logistics provider employing more than 80 professionals in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Alberta.
 
Tanny’s specialized knowledge and expertise in logistics and customs tariff legislation has provided considerable economic benefits to clients across a diverse range of industries. His insight into the regulations and unique challenges governing offshore activities has achieved significant duty and tax savings for the operators and supply companies of major projects such as Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose, Sable Island, and Deep Panuke.  
 
For his leadership in Atlantic Canada’s offshore petroleum industry, Tanny has received numerous recognitions, including the NOIA Outstanding Contribution Award. He has been listed among Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs and, under his direction, PF Collins has been recognized for its customer service, quality and employment standards.
 
Passionate about community involvement, Tanny has been involved with many organizations throughout his career, most recently the Canadian Red Cross, Junior Achievement and the Flight 491 Memorial Fund. He has also been a director and member of many business and industry associations, including NOIA and the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers.
 
Tanny lives in St. John’s with his wife Elizabeth and continues to work towards expanding his business while maintaining the company’s traditional values of quality and customer service.

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