2020 Election Results
Biographies of the successful candidates for the six elected alumni positions on the Board of Regents are noted below:
Cathy Duke, BSW'79, MBA'83
Cathy Duke has been the CEO of Destination St. John’s (DSJ) for the last nine years where she directs sales and marketing efforts in attracting meetings and conventions, leisure travel and sport tourism to the destination. Prior to this, Ms. Duke served as Deputy Minister with the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador for four years, leading the Departments of Tourism Culture and Recreation (TCR) and Innovation Trade and Rural Development (INTRD). Her private sector experience includes serving as President of the Terra Nova Golf Resort and the Clarenville Inn, and Vice President of Coastal Associates and Consultants Ltd. Past appointments also include Executive Director of Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador (HNL), Executive Director of the Economic Recovery Commission (ERC), and Account Manager with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Her current board appointments include Commissioner with the Independent Appointments Commission (IAC), Memorial University Board of Regents, the Destination Marketing Association of Canada, St. John’s Sports and Entertainment, and Vice-Chair of the Stella Burry Foundation. Ms. Duke holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) ’79, and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A) ’83 from Memorial University and acquired her ICD.D designation in 2017. Ms. Duke was re-elected with 717 votes.
Dr. Rex Gibbons, BA(Ed.)'67, B.Sc.'67, M.Sc.'69
Following the completion of his PhD in geology at the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Gibbons spent two years as a research associate at NASA’s Lyndon Johnson Space Center. He returned to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1976, bringing his expertise back to senior positions in the provincial Department of Mines and Energy for more than a decade. He then served as a member of the House of Assembly for St. John’s West and minister of Mines and Energy and Natural Resources from 1989-97. After his life in politics, Dr. Gibbons joined the private sector and worked for 10 years in senior positions with the Jacques Whitford Ltd. Group of Companies, from which he retired in 2007.
Throughout his career, Dr. Gibbons has received many academic and industry awards and volunteered on countless boards and committees, including chair of the Avalon Consolidated School Board, director of the St. John’s Board of Trade, chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association, and president of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. Over the years Dr. Gibbons has been a consistent volunteer for numerous alumni initiatives and committees. Notable among them are his terms as an elected alumni representative on the Board of Regents. He was elected from 1979-82, again in 2008 and then re-elected for a third time in 2011. In 2015, he was awarded the J.D Eaton Tribute Award for service to Memorial University. He served on the board of regents from 2008-2014. He ran and got re-elected in 2017 for another 3 year term. Dr. Gibbons was re-elected in 2020 with 690 alumni votes.
Andrea Stack, B.Comm.'96, MBA'01
Andrea Stack is the lead Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager with The Stack Team at CIBC Wood Gundy. She helps her clients navigate the complexities of managing wealth and works with them to provide financial, investment and estate plans tailored to their individual needs. After completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree at Memorial University, Andrea worked in Toronto for a few years in the investment industry before deciding to return home to Newfoundland and Labrador. She completed her MBA at Memorial and started work as an Investment Advisor in 2000. Andrea is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI), a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
Volunteering and community service are integral parts of Andrea’s life. She is an advisory board member for Memorial’s School of Business and Treasurer of Rotary Manor. Andrea is also an active member of the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest, serving as Club President in 2010-2011, and is a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow given by Rotary in recognition for outstanding service. She has served on various boards and committees including Hope Air, St. Patrick’s Mercy Home, and the Dr. H Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation. In 2018, Andrea was Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade.
Andrea believes that Memorial University is a critical institution as education is directly linked to our Province’s future prosperity. She welcomes the opportunity to serve on the Board of Regents and help shape education in Newfoundland and Labrador. She was elected to serve as an alumni representative on the Board of Regents with 568 votes.
Bud Davidge BA(Ed.)'67, BA'68, Honorary LLD'12
Dr. Bud Davidge has enjoyed a long and successful career as an educator, advocate and musician. Born in Bay Du Nord Fortune Bay he began his university education at Memorial in 1961 and graduated in 1967. Having taught in Codroy and as principal at Trout River, Dr. Davidge returned to English Harbour West, Fortune Bay, in the role of school board administrator with the Bay D'Espoir Hermitage Fortune Bay Integrated School Board from 1970 to 1995. During that time, Dr. Davidge also completed a masters of education from the University of Toronto in 1974. His career as an educator has run parallel to his work as a community organizer and advocate, chiefly as an active participant in municipal and community development affairs in the Fortune Bay area; with Lions International; in regional economic development; and patient engagement committees and related advisory groups.
He has also established himself as one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most popular musicians as part of the duo Simani, a group he co-founded with Sim Savory in 1977. Together they wrote, recorded and toured extensively for 20 years. A household name in this province, they also established a broad fan base across the country and beyond, known for recordings that include Saltwater Cowboys and their Christmas mega-hit, The Mummer’s Song. For their body of work in traditional music and contribution to the cultural heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador, Simani received the Lifetime Achievement Award from MusicNL in 2008 after having been awarded the East Coast Music Award for Pioneers in East Coast Music. Dr. Davidge was awarded an honorary doctorate from Memorial in 2012 and was re-elected with 563 votes.
Ann Marie Hann, B.Comm.'81, MBA'83
Ann Marie has had a highly successful cross-Canada career in both the public and private sectors. Her executive roles in the provincial public service included Clerk of the Executive Council (senior-most official in government), Deputy Minister of Environment and Labour and CEO of the Workers’ Compensation Board (now WorkplaceNL). Moving to Calgary in 2006 for 11+ years, she served as president of two national industry associations (energy and mining), and an executive with an international mining company operating in western Canada. She served previously on the University’s Board of Regents before her move to Alberta. Ann Marie Hann is a certified Board Director (holds ICD.D designation) and served on many private and volunteer boards over the years. She was twice named one of the top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada and awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for public service. Ann Marie’s extensive executive and board experience, unique knowledge of government decision-making processes, and strengths in strategic planning and as a consensus builder, make her an invaluable addition to the University’s Board of Regents, particularly now, as the University deals with serious fiscal challenges and the outcome of the provincial government’s review of the post-secondary education system, the fallout of which will require the University’s Board of Regents to chart a new path forward to safeguard the University’s long term sustainability and continued relevance for students and the province as a whole. Ms. Hann was elected with 545 votes.
Kerri Claire Neil, BA(Hons.)'16, MA'18
Kerri Claire Neil grew up in Spaniards Bay, NL, and has lived in St. John’s for over a decade. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (2016) in Economics and Canadian Studies, and a Master of Arts (2019) in Sociology from Memorial University. Kerri Claire is a Board Member and Organizer with the Social Justice Co-Operative, a non-profit co-operative organizing around social and environmental justice in the province through grassroots movement building. Through her activism, she has been specifically focused on decarbonizing and decolonizing Memorial University through her efforts working with ecojusticeMUN, a student society, and the Climate Action Coalition, a coalition of faculty, staff, and student unions, and community groups that have pledged to recognize a climate emergency and help Memorial University take meaningful action to meet the IPCC target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Kerri Claire dreams of a tuition-free campus, with more green spaces and access to healthy, affordable, local food, and a university bus pass that meets the demands of staff and students. As she works with the Climate Action Coalition to consult with the university community on strategies to reduce Memorial University’s carbon footprint with a social and environmental justice lens, she will ensure that those conversations are taken to the Board of Regents and brought into action. Kerri Claire believes that the university has an important role in the heart and minds of our province and would like to help it be a leader in mitigating the impacts of climate change on our planet. Ms. Neil was elected with 486 votes.
Biographies noted above are current as of March 2020.