Forty-five alumni candidates are competing for six elected positions on the Board of Regents. Alumni may vote for a maximum of six candidates and can only vote for each candidate once.
The voting period for the 2023 Board of Regents Alumni Election runs from July 24 - August 22. The voting results, once tabulated and shared with all candidates, will be posted to mun.ca/alumni.
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A results oriented and highly energetic professional with over twenty seven years of experience in the telecommunications industry with a proven track record in leadership, planning and business acumen. I have a strong adaptability to new technologies and changing business needs coupled with a diversified employment background covering wireless product development, customer engagement and support and management of high performing cross functional teams.
If chosen as a member of the Board of Regents, this experience would bring valuable private sector insights on using advanced technology and innovation to bring creative and forward looking methodologies to the management and administration of the university. Having grown up in a small community in Newfoundland and Labrador and attending Memorial University has laid the foundation for acquiring an understanding of some of the key challenges facing the students, faculty and administration and how some of these challenges can be overcome through adoption of transparent communication in policy setting and the use of collaborative and consensus based approaches to decision making.
My main interest in obtaining a position on the Board of Regents is to positively influence the future direction of the university in terms of policy, management and administration and to been seen as an active member contributing to improved stakeholder outcomes.
Ann is a seasoned executive with rich experience spanning Commercial and Regulatory roles in the energy industry, Economic Development, and Finance. With over two decades of service, she has honed her strategic thinking and leadership skills, becoming a dynamic figure recognized for her energetic approach and exceptional relationship-building capabilities. Her recent endeavors include pioneering green hydrogen and ammonia industries in Atlantic Canada and currently serving as VP Commercial and Business Development for North Atlantic, fueling growth right here in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Beyond her corporate achievements, Ann has a deeply-rooted connection with Memorial University. She is a proud alumnus with a Bachelor of Commerce Co-op Honours, a Bachelor of Economics, and a Masters of Economics. Her time at Memorial extended beyond academics as an All-Star Varsity Basketball player for the Memorial Sea-Hawks and a dedicated part-time employee in the Finance and Phys. Ed departments.
Her relationship with the University continued as a per-course instructor for the Memorial Economics department for 15 years, where she passionately imparted her knowledge to the next generation of leaders.
Now, Ann is eager to contribute her expansive experience and keen insights as a Regent, leveraging her multidimensional background to foster advancement and sustain the proud tradition of excellence at Memorial University. Ann is a proud Newfoundlander and would like to be part of the continued success of our province’s university. Ann's dedication to the school's ethos combined with her robust professional acumen offers a unique perspective and significant value to the Board of Regents.
- Master of Theology –2019-present –Queen’s College Faculty of Theology, St. John’s, NL
- Master of Divinity (honours) –2009-2012 –Queen’s College Faculty of Theology, St. John’s, NL
- Bachelor of Arts –2005-2009 –Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador, St. John’s, NL
I have decided to nominate myself to serve as an Alumni Representative as a means to give back to the University and the wider community.
I pride myself on three simple facets: accountability, honesty, and integrity. In my eleven years of parish ministry with the Anglican Church of Canada, I have always been open about realities that my congregations have faced, and have owned any mistakes that I may have made.
I bring this same level of accountability, honesty, and integrity to any committee I work with. I have served in the capacity of Regional Dean (supervisor) and member of the Executive Committee of the Diocese of Central Newfoundland, and as a Diocesan Representative on the Anglican Foundation of Canada and the Synod of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada.
Within the community I have been a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, volunteer with Kids Eat Smart, and am a founding member of Shift Recovery Inc. (an addictions support network in Grand Falls-Windsor).
If elected to the Board of Regents, I promise to uphold the values of the University, and represent it with the utmost of integrity.
All universities are struggling to stay relevant, and MUN is no exception. As we have seen in the recent faculty strike, lawsuits against critics, and dismissal of the dean, the old, neoliberal management style is not working anymore.
And good riddance to it.
As a PhD in Global society studies who researched the effect of Neoliberal Discourse on media institutions, I can show the way to a more inclusive and progressive leadership. As a NunatuKavut and former expat who has faced discrimination and harassment, I can see and call out inequality. As a former university student, faculty member, and committee member, I know that listening to all the voices of the university community is the only way to make informed and effective changes.
I promise to make the following practices central to fulfilling my mandate:
- Continued support and expansion of what works, and modification of what doesn’t based on feedback from faculty, staff, and students
- Real representation and for all members of society, not just symbolic changes
- Transparency in decision making and improved communication in and outside MUN
- Increased links with other institutions worldwide to benefit student career choices
I hope you agree with my vision, and look forward to your support.
Theodore Bonnah, PhD
Creative, collaborative, and caring, Leigh Borden (BA Hons 2000) is a devoted alumna of Memorial University.
As a student, Leigh was involved in MESS (the Memorial English Students’ Society), MUNDrama, and served on the student union executive. As president of Memorial University of Newfoundland Students' Union in 1999-2000, Leigh was part of the team that secured government’s commitment to the tuition fee freeze and eventual rollback. Upon graduating from MUN in 2000, Leigh was awarded the Birks Medal for student leadership and the George M. Story Convocation Medal in Arts.
In 2002, Leigh was elected to the Board of Regents as an alumni representative, and served for two years while completing graduate studies at the University of Toronto. She was subsequently hired as a teacher at Pierre Laporte Middle School in Toronto, ON.
For the last 15 years, Leigh has worked as teacher librarian at Holy Trinity Elementary School in Torbay, NL.
She has worked as a sessional lecturer at Memorial University's Faculty of Education, and mentors beginning teachers in the Education field. Leigh is recognized nationally as an advocate for teacher librarians and school libraries, having been honoured by Canadian School Libraries in 2022 with the Angela Thacker Memorial Award for excellence in teacher-librarianship and advocacy for school libraries.
For many years, Leigh has been involved with the leadership of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association, serving as president of Teacher Librarians of Newfoundland and Labrador since 2018. Leigh Borden has a strong history of advocating for education, from her days as a student leader to today, and looks forward to continuing her work as an alumni representative to the Board of Regents.
MUN B.A. English major / Business minor
Berklee Prof. Cert. Music Business
Teaching artists how to go from early stages to attaining professional showcases, award nominations, international guest features, and grants is a true passion.
Anthony is a core member of the team who oversees one of the most recognizable names in Canadian music awards, the East Coast Music Awards: Festival & Conference. The East Coast Music Association Inc. is a registered non-profit organization that produces a five day festival that exposes artists to new audiences, seminars and conferences for industry professionals, a nationally broadcast awards show, and connects membership with industry opportunities year-round.
He says, “working with some of Canada’s top talent such as April Wine, Kellie Loder, Shad, Classified, Maestro Fresh Wes, Voivod, JRDN, Natalie MacMaster and many more through journalism, event production, and sync licensing/programming has been a thrilling ride.” With curated professional development opportunities Anthony has connected emerging Atlantic Canadian talent with international names like Grandtheft and Cradle of Filth for personalized mentorship.
This journey started with a degree from Memorial University where professors encouraged putting the skills learned in class to use and how to carve an individualized professional path.
With an understanding of board policy and large scale project management an opportunity to give back to the MUN community in this capacity would be an appreciated rewarding experience.
Current duties as Membership & Special Projects Manager include:
- Award Management
- Policy Development
- Music Licensing / Supervision
- Contract Drafting
- Jury Management
With an impressive background in education and a lifelong commitment to the community, Jacqueline Cook is the ideal candidate to represent the interests of alumni and the wider Memorial community on the board.
Having dedicated 42 years to teaching under the NLESD, Jacqueline possesses a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field of education. Her passion for learning led her to pursue a Master’s in Education from Memorial University, solidifying her commitment to academic excellence. As an alumna herself, Jacqueline understands the unique challenges and opportunities that Memorial University provides to its students, making her an empathetic and effective advocate for their needs.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Jacqueline is a true pillar of the community. As one of the founding members of Theatre CBS, she has played an integral role in promoting and nurturing local talent, enriching the cultural landscape of the region. Her involvement in and dedication to the CBS Harp Circle showcases her commitment to preserving and celebrating Newfoundland's rich musical heritage.
Jacqueline's international background adds a valuable perspective to the board. Having moved from England to Newfoundland in 1975, she brings a unique blend of experiences and insights that will contribute to the diverse fabric of the university community.
With her extensive educational background, community involvement, and diverse lived experiences, Jacqueline is poised to make a lasting impact on the board, ensuring that Memorial University continues to thrive and excel.
My name is David (Dave) Dove, and I attended Memorial from 1985 to 1990 and graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Elementary) and a Masters of Education in School Leadership. I just retired from a 30-year career in Education with the vast majority of that time being spent in School Administration. While at MUN, I lived in residence (Coughlan College) for five years and served as the Chairperson of Council of the Students’ Union for four years and was the Chief Returning Officer for the CSU for numerous general elections, by-elections and referendums. I also held various employment positions on campus including the campus post office, CSU Concert Staff, and at the periodical department at the Queen E II. I was very involved with the MUN Campus life and thoroughly enjoyed both my academic and social life there.
My main reason for putting my name forward as an Alumni Representative on the MUN Board of Regents is to have a voice for the proud alumni of MUN, and to bring a local, Newfoundland perspective to the leadership of the university. Recent decisions made public at MUN have caused me great concern about the tradition and culture of the university. We must find a heathy balance between the tradition and history of the university and correctness. I am not a subscriber to the “cancel” culture trend currently taking place in our society and believe that compromise and common sense can prevail over absoluteness.
As a former Engineering graduate of Memorial University, I have fond memories of my time as a student and wish to give back to a university that was so important to who I am today.
Since graduating from Memorial I have become a leader in the public sector and have held senior leadership and executive roles within government organizations. My leadership ability is founded on integrity, a desire to collaborate and to do what is best for the organization. I have volunteered time and served on boards where I have gained experience and an in depth understanding of what good governance is within successful organizations. If I am successful in this pursuit to become a Regent, I will bring this experience as well as my technical background to contribute to Memorial and enable it to continue on its path of success within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Frank Durnford is a seasoned leader, advocate and advisor who is passionate about organizational strategy, governance and community. He welcomes the opportunity to serve on the Board of Regents of Memorial University.
Frank is the Executive Director, Market Policy at Powerex Corp., a leader in the western North American electricity sector. Throughout his career, in both the private and public sectors, Frank has built a reputation for collaboration and relationship building. Prior to his current role, Frank served as senior in-house counsel at two major North American energy and infrastructure companies and as the executive director of an NGO developing community-centred energy access projects in Latin America and Africa.
Frank is committed to community and to organizations that support community building. The City of Vancouver recently appointed Frank to the Vancouver Civic Theatres Board. He was also appointed to the Calgary Public Library Board by the City of Calgary. As the national chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Sexual Identity and Gender Identity Community, Frank led and oversaw advocacy efforts supporting laws and policies protecting the human rights of the LGBTQ2SI+ community.
Frank received a B.A. (Hons.) from Memorial University in 2003, an LL. B. from Dalhousie University in 2006 and a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Oxford (with distinction) in 2016. Frank received the Memorial University Alumni Horizon Award in 2013.
While a student, Frank was active in the university community and, while living in Calgary, he volunteered with the Calgary Affinity Newfoundland Dinner Organizing Committee.
BA Hons (1998), Philosophy & Mathematics, Memorial University
MA (2003), Philosophy, Simon Fraser University
PhD (2011), Economics, Simon Fraser University
Having an economist on MUN’s board would improve its ability to forecast accurately, design incentive structures, and ensure economic sustainability. As a professional investor and economist, I have extensive expertise in evaluating and optimizing financial and economic proposals. I also have experience in the three key functions of a university: Teaching, Research, and Community. During graduate school, I taught in the business and economics departments and was also the manager and a board member of Simon Fraser University’s campus newspaper. Though my current research is proprietary, I remain a part of the broader academic community, attending several conferences annually. At MUN in the 90s, I was a varsity athlete. Go Sea Hawks!
MUN is a key ingredient to Newfoundland’s social and economic progress. The education of our population drives our productivity and keeps us competitive in a constantly evolving world, but it also informs our electorate and produces a thriving social and cultural home for our families. Such an important institution needs strong oversight that represents all its shareholders, and I would take that responsibility very seriously. Academic excellence, quality education, and economic sustainability are values I will bring to the Board.
I, Mary Feltham, am an alumna of Memorial University with two degrees (BSc in Psychology and BScN) completed at the Grenfell Campus. I strive to consistently demonstrate my commitment to the betterment of Memorial University by working with its students, faculty, staff, and administration.
I have an extensive eight-year involvement in student politics as through my elected positions within the Grenfell Campus Student Union. I have been, and continue to be, a strong advocate for the enhancement of the university and believe my advocacy experience will be a strong asset when it comes to important decision making on the Board of Regents.
I am eager to continue seeking opportunities to foster positive change within the university. I aim to continue to listen to and share the concerns of not only current or future students, but also all those who are a part of the Memorial community. I am interested in continuing conversations regarding how we can make education truly accessible for all, while maintaining the high-quality reputation that our institution currently holds.
Currently, I work with students across the province, and hear their concerns at a national level through my new position of Chairperson (CFSNL). This position provides me with insight on tactics used to optimize universities nationally.
In summary, I am dedicated to consistently advocating to enhance all aspects of Memorial University. My active involvement in student politics, combined with my academic achievements and professional experience, make me an outstanding candidate for the Board of Regents Alumni Representative position.
Evan Foote grew up in Gander, NL, and has lived in St. John’s since 2012 when he began his academic studies. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) (2017), as well as a Masters of Business Administration (2021) from Memorial University. Since graduation, Evan has worked progressively senior roles in finance, and currently works as a Client Relationship Manager with Scotiabank, where he supports the financing requirements of large businesses across NL. Evan is also a part owner of Winterhouse Farms, a growing 500-acre sheep farm located near Victoria, NL.
During his undergraduate studies, Evan lived on campus for three years in Paton College, residing in Rothermere House. Two of those years were spent as a Resident Assistant, where he was awarded the Paton College Crest for leadership and substantial contributions to Paton College and residence life.
Evan put a large emphasis on the strength and value in a supportive House community through activities and engagement, while maintaining an open door policy with residents. Evan believes that both his background in strategy and finance combined with being a relatively recent graduate with a passion for student living, puts him in a strong position to advise and contribute as a member of the Board of Regents, while also allowing him to give back to the university life that he loved so dearly.
My name is Juanita Ford, and I am excited to announce my candidacy for the position of Regent. With nearly three decades of experience working with Hospitality NL, I am passionate about serving the interests of our community and contributing to the growth and development of Memorial University of NL.
Throughout my career, I have dedicated myself to supporting and empowering tourism businesses and organizations. I have worked tirelessly to foster workforce and business development, collaborating with frontline employees, management teams, and various governmental and industry partners. This experience has given me a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities that our province faces.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Tourism HR Canada, where I work towards building a world-leading tourism workforce. Additionally, I am a member of the Accessibility Standards Advisory Board, advocating for inclusive and accessible practices in our province. These roles have allowed me to gain invaluable insights into the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as the need for sustainable growth and innovation.
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Business from Memorial University and a proud member of the Qalipu First Nation, I bring a unique perspective to the table. I am committed to leveraging this diverse background to make informed decisions that benefit the university.
If elected as a Regent, I promise to listen to your concerns, champion your interests, and work tirelessly to ensure the prosperity and well-being of the university. Thank you for your support.
I have a deep-rooted passion for Memorial and the benefits it brings to our community. I have experienced firsthand the transformative power of education and the profound impact it has on individuals and society. I received my B.ENG (2015) and MBA (2017) from the university and this launched my career into management consulting. Now, it is an honour to have the possibility of joining MUN’s Board of Regents.
My professional journey working with Deloitte and then Trindent Consulting has equipped me with a comprehensive skill set that uniquely qualifies me for this role. My work has provided me with a deep understanding of operational strategy, financial management, and effective decision-making that considers all stakeholders. Furthermore, I have experience working on boards as I am currently a Commissioner on the St. John’s Transportation Commission.
My current role, Senior Manager at Indigrow Business Management, has provided me the privilege of working with local not-for-profits and Indigenous entrepreneurs and organizations. As a result, I understand local challenges and I am well equipped for the Board of Regents.
If elected, I will leverage my educational background and professional expertise to contribute to the strategic direction of the university. I am committed to fostering an environment of academic excellence, promoting research initiatives, and enhancing the overall student experience. I believe in the power of collaboration and will work to foster strong relationships between the university, the community, and industry partners to create meaningful opportunities for our students and faculty.
Thank you for considering my candidacy.
Nominee Statement/Memorial Board of Regents/David B Guy
I believe higher education is the “silver bullet” for our time, when we are facing unprecedent and multivariate challenges with our current way of life. Climate Change and the need for serious collective action; pressures being placed on our political and social institutions; the foundational need for more diversity and inclusion. These are enormous concurrent challenges today and our educational institutions need to continue to rise to the occasion. Higher education turns us toward thinkers of the past in helping to understand how we got here and teaches us to think our way through problems of today so that we can enjoy a meaningful future together.
Memorial has been the standard-bearer for this in Newfoundland & Labrador. I have worn my Memorial heritage proudly throughout my professional career and I care deeply that Memorial continues to be a leader internationally as a sought-after and highly worthy place of learning.
Dear Fellow Alumni,
I am honored to announce my candidacy for the Board of Regents Member position in the upcoming Memorial University of Newfoundland election. As a proud graduate of our distinguished university, I am deeply committed to its continued success and growth. With your support, I aspire to leverage my expertise and passion for impacting our institution meaningfully and aim to improve the campus environment by promoting innovation, collaboration, diversity, and inclusivity.
In 2022, I completed my Master of Philosophy in Humanities, focusing on the interrelationship between climate change and social injustice. Alongside my university studies, I worked as an International Students Advisor and conducted an ESL program for spouses of Memorial University's international students. I also participated in various community initiatives that addressed social injustice and environmental issues. These experiences deepened my understanding of the current challenges and opportunities for students. As a Board of Regents Member, I want to take on the challenges and advocate for the university, its faculty, and its students.
My key priorities encompass enhancing the academic experience by strengthening a culture of innovation and collaboration and ensuring a diverse and inclusive campus environment where everyone feels valued and supported. In addition, I will prioritize fiscal responsibility by working closely with university administrators to streamline operations and allocate resources effectively.
I request your vote and support in this election. Together, let's create a brighter future for our university.
Thank you for your trust and confidence.
Ann Marie is an executive director of Notre Dame Agencies Ltd., a family run retail enterprise which operates Notre Dame Home Furnishings, Notre Dame Castle Building Centres & Notre Dame Recreation across Newfoundland & Labrador. She is proud to be running this company with her three sisters as the second generation of a successful family business in this beautiful province.
Ann Marie is also a passionate entrepreneur and at the age of 25, started a large real estate portfolio in Central NL and then purchased a heavy civil construction company which still operates today.
Ann Marie’s career has allowed her to gain insight and experience in finance, human resources, marketing, seizing opportunity and ensuring an environment where everyone is heard and comfortable. She is truly a people person bringing wisdom to sometimes difficult situations to ensure a favorable outcome for all.
As a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors program, a graduate of Memorial University, and 20 plus years of grass roots business experience in all corners of Newfoundland and Labrador, Ann Marie can offer the Memorial University Board of Regents someone who cares and can offer support on all aspects of the board room discussion.
Courtney Jones graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Behavioural Neuroscience in May 2019. Following this, she completed a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in Law at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, during which she undertook a four-month period of study in Rennes, France. Throughout her time as a student at Memorial University, Courtney was heavily involved in the Memorial University community, volunteering with Intersections (then the Women’s Resource Centre) and serving as the Women’s Representative with MUNSU: Memorial University’s Student Union. Outside of Memorial University, Courtney has been and continues to be involved in other community matters. She has been a volunteer both at the clinic and board level with Planned Parenthood NLSHC and End Sexual Violence NL (formerly the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre). During her time at the University of Exeter, Courtney was involved with the Student’s Guild (student union) and the Access to Justice Clinic, providing pro bono legal services to community members. Courtney will begin post-graduate studies in law commencing Fall 2023.
As an alumna of Memorial University, Courtney understands the significance and impact of the University not just for students, staff and faculty, but for the province in its entirety. The ability to complete an affordable education in our beautiful province is something that benefits our society as a whole. As a member of the Board of Regents, Courtney will be committed to the long-term sustainability and development of the University, and improving its infrastructure and facilities.
As a student at Memorial University, I learned a ton about myself, and the world. One of the most important things I learned was the value a university has not only for an individual, but for society. I believe a strong, vibrant, and diverse university is key to the growth and sustainability of Newfoundland and Labrador. I would like to help shape an institution that means so much to me and my community.
I believe in the strength and resiliency of rural small-town living, and the role the university can play in its development and growth. I was born and raised on the west coast of Newfoundland, and after many years living elsewhere, moved back home to the best coast. I now live in Norris Point with my wife and son. I am an active volunteer in my community. Currently, I am chair of the board of directors of the Trails Tales Tunes Festival, and a member of the Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation, a group dedicated in the adaptive reuse of an old hospital; previously I was chair of Artforce NL (formerly For the Love of Learning).
I graduated from Memorial University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. I also hold a Master of Arts in Community Development from the University of Victoria, and a journalism diploma from the College of the North Atlantic. I work for the federal government in beautiful Gros Morne National Park.
I was one of many international students from Malaysia at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) in the 1990s. I completed my dietetic education at MUN, followed by a dietetic internship in Victoria and Vancouver and a Master of Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
I have now been a Registered Dietitian at Providence Health Care, based at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver for over 24 years, with experience in clinical care, education, research, and management overseeing the daily operations and personnelling of the department’s over 70 dietitians. I am also a Clinical Instructor at UBC, supporting dietetic students’ practice education.
Recently, I completed a six-year term on the Board of Directors for the College of Dietitians of BC (CDBC), with the final two as Chair. Some of our major undertakings included overseeing the strategic plans, pandemic response, modernization of the BC’s healthcare regulatory systems and fostering cultural safety and humility, equity, diversity and inclusion. I have also served on the CDBC Inquiry Committee providing oversight for public safety and fair deliberations for registrants.
I am immensely grateful to many kind individuals at MUN and in Newfoundland during my time there, which ended up having a significant impact on my life trajectory. It has therefore long been my desire to serve the University and community one day. I have gained the experience, knowledge and skills critical for effective contributions to Board work, and it would be my honour to serve on the Board of Regents. Thank you.
Since graduating Memorial University in 2003, for the past two decades Matthew LeRiche has advanced an international academic career, conducting research and providing advice to governments, the United Nations, NGOs, academia and the private sector on global political and security issues with a particular focus on Africa. Matthew’s teaching career spans Memorial University, Kings College, the London School of Economics and Ohio University. During his tenure at Ohio University, in addition to teaching Global Studies, Matthew was the Director for War and Peace Studies and the Director of Global Leadership Center. His co-authored book South Sudan: From Revolution to Independence, published by Oxford University Press in 2013 is considered a premier publication on the emergence of South Sudan as a State in Africa. Matthew’s academic articles have featured in major peer-reviewed journals and he is a frequent guest lecturer and presented at international academic conferences and panels.
As a federal public servant with the Privy Council Office, Matthew currently provides research analysis and advice on Africa and Central Asia to the Government of Canada. Matthew holds a Ph.D. from King’s College, London UK.
Matthew’s academic and work experiences provides him with a unique perspective of the challenges facing higher education and how Memorial University needs to position itself in rapidly evolving and competing global educational landscape. Mathew’s expertise and competencies, including working across diverse cultures and communities, positions him uniquely to contribute to the Board of Regents of Memorial University - the province’s leading educational gateway to Canada and the world.
My name is Matthew Mason, and I am a results-driven technology executive with over two decades of experience in technology and business intelligence. I was born, raised, and educated in Newfoundland, receiving both bachelor's and master's degrees at Memorial University. I work for Canada’s largest bank, on Bay Street, leading a team of senior managers and analysts on business intelligence and data governance, supporting the firm’s real estate program. In previous roles, I was a senior director at one of the largest real estate firms in the world, and an executive for one of Canada’s largest retailers, leading human resource, finance, inventory, warehouse, and order management technologies. While living in San Francisco and working for the State of California, I was part of a team that transitioned California’s courts from its 58 counties to the State of California.
I would be honored to take my private sector and public sector experience to the Memorial University Board of Regents, to help lead the organization and support its vision to fulfill its special obligation to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, to improve the administration of the organization, and to better prepare students for careers in a job market filled with both opportunities and uncertainty.
I am currently the Manager, Finance & Corporate Services for Campbell Energy and Environmental Services based in Calgary, AB. I am a 2006 Memorial University Bachelor of Commerce graduate, and committed to continuing education and lifelong learning as a CFA Charterholder (2014), Women Leading Change Program graduate – Harvard University (2021), and completed Level 4 of the Chartered Business Valuator designation.
I bring a solid base of financial acumen and over 17 years of experience in Canada’s finance and energy sectors. I am a community minded individual looking to give back. In addition to my professional and educational pursuits I have been a dedicated volunteer for the Calgary Stampede since 2015.
As a proud graduate of this esteemed institution, I have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of education and the lifelong impact it can have on individuals and communities. Now, I am eager to give back and contribute to the continued success of our alma mater. As a lifelong advocate for education, I recognize the critical role that the Board of Regents plays in shaping policies and fostering an environment that empowers students, faculty, and staff. The Board of Regents has a responsibility to ensure that resources are allocated effectively, that educational programs meet high standards of quality, and ethical practices are upheld. I promise to diligently oversee the allocation of funds, promote rigorous assessment processes, and advocate for an inclusive and diverse academic community.
I humbly ask for your support and your vote in the upcoming Board of Regents Alumni election. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the future of our beloved institution. Let us continue to build upon the legacy of excellence and ensure that future generations of students have the same exceptional opportunities that we were fortunate to receive.
Andrew Mercer holds a B.Mus., B.Mus.Ed. and M.Ed from Memorial University. Andrew began teaching music in NL schools in 1994 and for the past 18 years his teaching has been entirely online through the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation.
Andrew has a proven track record in the creation and dissemination of content via social media. Andrew’s educational YouTube channel has received 6-million views and has over 25,000 followers on social media. Much of Andrew’s innovative work has been featured in numerous publications and media sources such as Canadian Music Educator, Popular Science, The Wall Street Journal, The Globe & Mail, CNN, and Nippon TV. Andrew has also had the opportunity to share his work at national and international conferences and symposia including the ISME Conference, TEDx, MTNA National Conference, NAMM and MENC.
Andrew has been a member of several Boards of Directors including the Canadian Music Educators’ Association and the Coalition for Music Education in Canada. Andrew is currently a Director with Debut Atlantic and is a member of the NLTA Music Special Interest Council.
Andrew has been a part of several course development and review committees for the NL Department of Education. He has served as educational advisor for several Ministries of Education and school districts across Canada as well as organizations such as the JUNOs(MusicCounts), and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.
Trudy Morgan-Cole is a writer and educator in St. John’s. After 27 years teaching English and social studies in high school and adult-education programs, she currently works as Intake Coordinator at The Murphy Centre, helping adult learners navigate paths to completing their education. Her career as an educator has focused on helping students overcome barriers to success and find their own voices.
Trudy is also the author of more than twenty books. Her acclaimed historical novels focus on Newfoundland history, with a particular interest in uncovering and recreating women’s stories. Her novels include By the Rivers of Brooklyn, A Sudden Sun, and Most Anything You Please. Her latest work, the Cupids Trilogy published by Breakwater Books, deals with the founding of the first English colony in Newfoundland, attempting to reimagine the stories of women colonists and critically examine their role in colonialism.
Trudy was born and grew up in St. John’s. After leaving the province as a young adult to pursue her undergraduate degree and take her first teaching position, she came home to earn her MA in English from Memorial University (1993), later returning to complete her M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology (2005). Trudy cares deeply about education, about the importance of the arts in our community, and about the need to uplift and centre marginalized voices. All these concerns contribute to her interest in the future of Memorial University and her desire to make a contribution by serving on the Board of Regents.
I am delighted to introduce myself, Amarnath Mukhopadhyay, as an Alumnus of Memorial University, successful banking professional and Board of Regents Alumni Election candidate.
Arriving at Memorial from India, I was brimming with anticipation and the anxiousness of leaving the comfort of family for the first time. Upon arriving, I was embraced by a welcoming community reminiscent of home. I gained lifelong friendships, knowledge from inspiring professors and mentors, and reveled in campus life, working as a Resident Assistant, for which I was awarded the honor of the Paton College Crest.
Choosing to remain in Newfoundland provided unique opportunities that would be challenging to find elsewhere. I developed a passion for finance and banking, and I am now the proud leader of the Newfoundland & Labrador Wealth & Personal Banking Team at HSBC. During my tenure, I have expanded my team to become the most diverse and successful across the region. My involvement with various community groups has allowed me to transform our client base and build relationships with local business owners while showcasing myself as a strong mentor for many students and alumni. The experience I bring will help to assist the instution in realizing its strategic objectives while championing excellence and innovation.
When I think of my time at Memorial, I am enveloped with a deep sense of pride and would be honored to give back to the instiution by being a passionate ambassador for our alumni community. I respectfully request your vote in the upcoming election.
Megan Murphy received a Linguistics/Business BA from Memorial University in 2010 and OHS certificate from University of NB in 2016. She served with the Canadian Armed Forces for 4 years as a Human Relations/Finance clerk. She has co-created and worked for RODS for 4 years as the Office/Research Manager, which involves running the day-to-day business operations as well as controlling all aspects of the research contracts outside the fishing season.
This includes educational institution contracts, DFO research tenders, private company requests, oil and gas work, funding program applications and more. It has been Megan’s ability to engage with industry and knowledge of the application process for government work that has led to the influx of marine research work and the need for the two research vessels her company provides out of St. John’s, NL. She has been working tirelessly to seek out partners, opportunities, collaborations, and other ways to bring new marine research business to the province. After 2 years of really learning the industry’s needs, Megan has successfully cultivated multiple short-term and long-term contracts which has led to the success of the research side of the business. Operating two research vessels both domestically and internationally 12 months of the year along with having 3 boys under 5, she is not shy to long hours and a lot of hard work which is the reason why she is an excellent fit for the board of regents and will bring a lot of practical and technical knowledge to the marine research transportation sector of MUN and MI.
Allison Noseworthy is currently the Chief Financial Officer for the Health Care Foundation of St. John’s. She completed her Bachelor of Science at Memorial University in 2003 and a Masters in Business Administration, with a diploma in Arts and Media, at the Schulich School of Business, York University in 2008. She received a Certified Management Accounting designation in 2014. Allison is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and recently completed its Governance Essentials Program.
Prior to joining the Health Care Foundation in 2013, Allison enjoyed a number of interesting and career-developing positions, highlights of which included two years with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and one season with each of the Stratford Festival of Canada and the Toronto International Film Festival.
Allison is community minded and has volunteered as a Special Olympics coach, continues to be involved with theatre productions in St. John’s both as a performer and in production management, and was a member of the Arts and Letters Awards committee. She is currently Board Treasurer for the Learning Disabilities Association of Newfoundland and Labrador and is Chair of the School Council at Paradise Elementary.
In her free time Allison enjoys running, dance and spending quality time with her husband and two very energetic young daughters.
Allison would now like to broaden her involvement in the academic community and would very much enjoy the opportunity to be an active member of the Memorial University Board of Regents.
Dr. Janis Noseworthy, BA (’92), BSc (Hons.) (’94), DC has owned and operated Fundy Chiropractic and Wellness Centre Ltd since 1998. In addition to running a successful business in the private health sector, she has 19 years of extensive experience in board governance. She presently serves as an elected member of the Board of the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors where she has filled a variety of roles including three years as Chair and eight years as Registrar. Outside of Nova Scotia, she recently was Chair of the Regulatory Council of the Federation of Canadian Chiropractic, worked with the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board as an examination reviewer and examiner, and serves on the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards. Many of these roles have involved collaboration with the provincial government as well as the Nova Scotia Regulated Health Professions Network to review legislation, enhance government relations, and ensure public protection in health care. Janis has been named a NS College of Chiropractors’ Chiropractor of the Year and a Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Alumnus of the Year for her contributions to leadership in chiropractic.
Originally from Whitbourne, NL, Janis maintains close ties to her home province, and has a close family member attending Memorial University. She values the education and experiences Memorial University provided her, and is excited to offer to serve as a Regent to incorporate her experience as a leader at the community and board levels to support the success of the university for its students, faculty, and staff.
Here’s the candidate narrative from campaign headquarters:
“Dean Oliver, a Newfoundland-born alumnus, is a senior executive, scholar, and thought leader with 25 years of distinguished public service. In 2010, he was knighted by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands in the Order of Orange-Nassau for ‘service to society.’ Currently the interim director-general and vice president of the Canadian War Museum, he is one of Canada's most influential and best-known cultural innovators and public communicators. He is a lecturer, writer, and mentor, with deep experience in research, policy, academia, museology, and Indigenous relations.”
And here it is from the ‘corner bums’ who actually know me:
“Dean O bats left and grew up in Higher Levels, spending too much time shagging flies and too little studying. MUN turned him into a history nerd and a life-long nag about how history matters. He’s been banging on lately about MUN having lost its way, mired in successive self-inflicted crises, wasting money, and pursuing a generic ‘future’ strategy at the expense of demonstrable service to the province and its people. He believes fervently in MUN’s founding mission and will use his 1/30th share of influence to steer the university back towards it. He is dogged, and will disrupt.”
I believe MUN must rededicate itself to the unique excellence of being by, for, and about us. This is true innovation, true change. Chasing international tuition and global status, in an increasingly crowded field, to fund expensive, dubious expansions is innovation’s opposite.
My name is Chad Perrin, and I am a healthcare executive whose 20+ year career has spanned both health and community services. As the Executive Director for Momentum Developmental Support, I oversee a community-based residential program supporting adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. I am a licensed clinical social worker in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as a certified health executive via the Canadian College of Health Leaders. I also hold a license as a dual diagnosis specialist, specializing in the co-occurrence of intellectual disability and mental illness.
Current Board appointments include as a Public Interest Representative with the Mental Health Care and Treatment Board via the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Vice-President of the NL chapter for the Canadian Mental Health Association, and as Treasurer for the NL chapter of Inclusion Canada.
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are passionate and protective over the institution of Memorial University, and deservedly so. Many of us have fond memories of our education and life experiences while attending. The university has a role to play in not only the continued education of its students amid the programs it offers, but as an innovation and thought leader in many industries and in supporting the people of this Province. As an alumni representative on the Board of Regents, I will provide my voice to ensuring the institution remains true to our values of what Memorial University is, while striving towards meeting the opportunities the 21st century present.
Travis Perry grew up in Trepassey, NL, and currently lives in St. John's with his partner Roger, his dog Tifa, and his cat Marty. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (2017) in Psychology/Sociology from Memorial University and has over a decade of experience advocating for high-quality, publicly funded post-secondary education by engaging all levels of government and mobilizing in the streets.
As a student, Travis represented undergraduate students on many university committees, including the Senate Executive Committee and Senate Planning & Budget Committee. He was also elected as Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students – Newfoundland and Labrador for two terms where he represented the needs of the 35,000+ public post-secondary students in the province.
Since 2017, Travis worked with the MUN Faculty Association first as the Communications Coordinator and later as the Labour Relations Officer during the recent round of collective bargaining and strike action. In this time, Travis played a key role reviewing MUN governance and developing recommendations to revise the Memorial University Act. This year, Travis started with the Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Labour as the Safety Sector Advisor.
Travis’ experience navigating Memorial University’s existing governance structures and advocating on behalf of students and faculty prepare him for addressing the challenges currently facing Memorial University. Travis knows that Memorial University can, and must, play a pivotal role in the future of Newfoundland and Labrador through education, research, and public engagement and invites Alumni to find out more here: www.Travis4BoR.com.
Lloydetta was born in Sierra Leone and moved to the province in 1982. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Memorial University and a Doctoral degree in Education from the University of South Australia.
Lloydetta is the founder and CEO of the non-profit organization, Sharing Our Cultures, which was established in 1999. The organization engages youth in activities to enhance their sociocultural and employability skills and offers free intercultural learning programs to schoolchildren to help them recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion.
In 2023, Lloydetta received the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from Memorial University for helping people find a sense of place and belonging and the Patricia Cowan Award for supporting and promoting education from NLTA. She was recognized with RBC’s Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award for Social Change in 2021, the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2019, the Human Rights Champion Certificate in 2017, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.
Lloydetta has volunteered on several boards and committees including Chair of the OMNI East Advisory Council for Ontario and Atlantic Provinces, the Minister’s Roundtable for Immigration, and the Multicultural Education Advisory Committee.
Serving on the Board of Regents will provide Lloydetta an opportunity to give back to her alma mater and contribute to the governance of Memorial University. As Memorial University moves forward in an increasingly diverse society, Lloydetta will bring to the board her experience in inclusive leadership and expertise in public engagement around equity, diversity, and inclusion issues.
Kirk is a two time alumnus of Memorial University (BA'15, BSW'18) having attended both the St. John's and Corner Brook campuses. Kirk is a child protection social worker who has worked throughout rural Central and Eastern Newfoundland, before returning to St. John's. While attending Grenfell Campus, Kirk sat on many university committees and was active in clubs and societies, including as an elected representative on the Grenfell Student Union. Kirk was the recipient of a Campus Kudos award in 2014, and other student merit awards for his contributions to student life at Grenfell. Originally from Corner Brook, Kirk was a nominee for Corner Brook Youth Citizen of the Year in 2014. Kirk has been active with several charities over the years, including the Salvation Army, Rotary, Crohn's and Colitis Canada, Oxfam, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the AIDS Committee of Western Newfoundland.
Anik M. Rahman is a Licensed Professional Engineer and PMI-certified Project Manager with expertise in renewable energy development, commercialization, and electricity market operation. He has proven his capacity to collaborate with public and private organizations, regulators, entrepreneurs, and innovators around the world to build strategic partnerships and create new business opportunities. Anik currently serves as an Advisor with the Independent Electricity System Operator. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Memorial University.
Anik is a lifelong volunteer and a community worker. During his time at Memorial, he was an active member of many student-run organizations, including serving two terms as an elected director for the Students’ Union. Most recently, Anik was appointed to the World Energy Council’s Future Energy Leader program as a Canadian envoy. Anik also has a long history of working with Alumni associations through his role as a founding member of the Canadian Alumni Association of Bangladesh.
Today, one of the significant challenges facing the Board of Regents is discovering inventive and creative approaches for Memorial University to advance its 21st century education model that align with the university's obligation to grant the province's residents access to higher education while actively contributing to the social, cultural, scientific, and economic advancement of Newfoundland and Labrador. If elected, Anik plans to focus on five key areas to overcome this challenge:
- Future-Proofing Academic Programs
- Improving Affordability and Accessibility
- Diversifying Memorial’s Research Portfolio
- Fostering Alumni Engagement Initiatives, and
- Enhancing Memorial’s Global Reputation, Branding, and Ranking
Barbara is a proud Newfoundland Alumni who graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) and Masters in Business Administration from Memorial’s Faculty of Business. Over the last 25 years she has held progressively responsible leadership roles in various companies with her most recent role as VP, Human Resources in the private sector.
One of many critical duties the Board of Regents is facing is hiring Memorial’s new President and ensuring they are effectively carrying out their duties. Barbara is confident she can add value to this process along with all the other Board of Regent governance duties. Barbara is particularly committed to ensuring diverse, equitable and inclusive practices at Memorial. She has travelled extensively and a few years ago, was employed with a post-secondary institute in the middle east where students, faculty, and staff hailed from 50+ countries. Even though the experience was quite different from her rural Newfoundland upbringing, it was one of the most interesting, diverse, educational and fulfilling periods of her life and career.
Barbara considers Memorial a key contributor to the educational, economic, and social fabric of Newfoundland and Labrador and she would like to be part of the evolution of its next chapter. Anyone who knows her can attest that she’s comfortable asking the right questions with a goal of building a culture of transparency, empowerment, accountability, and collaboration. She also recently completed the Directors Education Program (DEP) from Rotman School of Business which provides enhanced governance skills and knowledge.
Andrea Stack is an Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager 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 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 is currently serving as Treasurer of the Rotary Club and Rotary Housing Inc. She has served on various boards and committees including Hope Air, Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of NL, 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 would welcome the opportunity to serve a second term on the Board of Regents and help shape education in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Valerie Taylor, MD, PhD is the current Department Head of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary. She is originally from Boxey, NL ( pop. 84) and graduated from Memorial medical school in 1999. Dr. Taylor has served in leadership positions at McMaster University, the University of Toronto and most recently the University of Calgary, and has significant experience in university board best practices and boards in general, having completed Rotman Institute of Corporate Directors training program. Nationally, she currently sits on the board of Kids Help Phone and Brain Canada and Chairs the Mathison Center for Mental Health Research and Education. Dr. Taylor maintains strong ties to Memorial, being an active alumni and mentoring students there. She has a strong focus on governance best practices, and ensuring academic institutions are able to navigate complex situations, consulting on strategic planning for universities across Canada. She is committed to helping give back at home, helping Memorial University capitalize on its strong potential.
Thank you for considering voting for my election to the Memorial University Board of Regents. I have spent a significant period throughout my career in higher education, including Memorial as both an administrative manager and sessional instructor. Since my nursing convocation from Memorial, my focus for volunteerism has been diverse within the public sector and professional associations. I believe my work experiences and board positions offer a distinctive set of perspectives that would contribute to board operations and governance. I have experience on many committees and Boards of Directors, many within the higher education sector, and have demonstrated a focus on promoting sustainable growth through dynamic, responsive service aligned with measurable fiscal and academic outcomes.
My work experience includes leadership roles within the private sector, healthcare, education, and government. Until February 2024, I serve as Special Advisor to the Provost on Organizational Strategy at the University of Waterloo. I provide leadership support and advice to the Vice President Academic & Provost in effecting process, system and organizational improvements across all academic and administrative portfolios. From 2014-2023 I was the Associate Provost Human Resources at UW; from 2011-2013 as Vice President at Eastern Health.
I am very familiar with the challenges, expectations, and opportunities facing higher education in Canada and globally having served on higher education boards that include the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Lean Higher Education, and Network for Change and Continuous Innovation. Serving on the Memorial University Board of Regents would be a tremendously fulfilling role.
Jennifer Tipple (she/her) is Director of Strategy for End Homelessness St. John’s (EHSJ). Here is a summary of the value she would bring to the Board:
- Through her work in housing and homelessness, she is a demonstrated advocate for vulnerable and marginalized populations and rising identities
- At EHSJ, she works with diverse stakeholder groups to create solutions for complex multi-system problems
- She earned her MBA from INSEAD in 2014, attending both campuses in France and Singapore, and she understands the experience of being an international student
- She also has career experience in post-secondary education, through five years working with College of the North Atlantic’s Qatar campus
- Her background is in strategy and marketing communications, with experience in industries ranging from startup technology to climate change
- She is an active community volunteer, currently mentoring with Futurpreneur and providing support to Syrian refugees
- As a Memorial student, she was an executive member of Enactus Memorial (then ACE Memorial), and won a national alumni award for her work in building an advisory board model for teams nationwide
- She is a proponent of good governance, having led and sat on multiple boards and committees
As a Board of Regents alumni representative, she would focus on ensuring diverse alumni perspectives are reflected – whether local, international, settler, Indigenous, and so on – to strengthen Memorial’s unique role in Newfoundland and Labrador.
My name is Kyle Vardy and I am nominating myself for an alumni representative role on the Board of Regents. I graduated from Memorial with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in 2007 and a Master of Employment Relations (MER) in 2012. I work as a Labour Relations Officer with the Registered Nurses Union where I have been an advocate for union members for seven years. In addition, I have been a Per Course Instructor within the Faculty of Business in the last year.
I have nominated myself for this role because I am passionate about Memorial University and the purpose I see it serving. It is my view that the University is a bedrock of our province and that our capacity to provide all types of higher education here within Newfoundland and Labrador is invaluable to people who choose this place. Cohesion in systems and processes amongst different University Departments, transparency to University stakeholders, lowering class sizes in graduate programs and democratic processes within the university are some of the priorities that I would be considering in a role sitting on the Board.
As a Board of Regents member I would bring an assertive approach that I feel is well balanced by my emotional intelligence. I love working directly with people and speaking to large groups about topics I believe are important. I hope you’ll consider me when you cast your vote.
I obtained my Engineering and Masters of Engineering degrees at MUN. During that time I was very active in university affairs, such as being President of the Engineering Society, and as a Grad Rep on several university-wide committees.
I bring to the table the experiences of a career at senior and executive levels with large companies, including President of Enmax Power.
I have always been a very active community volunteer with multiple chartable and industry organizations, including several years as Board Chair of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra Board.
I also bring to the table the experiences of being on over 20 boards over the years, and have earned the ICD.D designation with the Institute of Corporate Directors.
I have actively supported MUN over the years. I was founding Chair of the very successful annual Affinity Calgary fundraising dinner 17 years ago, and have remained on the organizing committee since then. I was Calgary Co-Chair of MUN’s very successful “Dare To” major fundraising campaign in 2011-2015.
The Board of Regents with 30 members is very large, and along with the limits of being a Provincial Government Board, could potentially be cumbersome and difficult to make a difference. However I look forward to the challenge. I believe that with my background with community volunteerism, with MUN in particular, and with my work and Board experiences, I will be able to contribute to the continued success of our great Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dear Memorial University community,
I am honored to present myself as a candidate for the Board of Regents at Memorial University. With a diverse educational background and extensive experience in engineering, project management, and commercial leadership, I have the qualifications and passion to contribute effectively to the university's mission of academic excellence and innovation.
I hold a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (2009) and a Master of Business Administration (2014) from Memorial University. My graduate studies focused on Strategy, Strategic Risk Management, Labour Relations, and Contract Law, providing me with a unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen to understand the challenges and opportunities facing the university.
During my career at Wood, a globally recognized engineering and construction company, I have progressed through roles in Operations, gaining experience in Project Controls, Technical Engineering, Business Development, and Commercial Management. My experience in leading teams, mentoring colleagues, and ensuring effective commercial governance aligns with the values of Memorial University.
I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the future of Memorial University as a member of the Board of Regents. With my educational background, professional expertise, and dedication to excellence, I will bring a proactive approach to promoting academic excellence, fostering inclusivity, and supporting innovative research and teaching methodologies.
I kindly request your support and vote to bring my knowledge, experience, and passion to this important role. Together, we can shape the future of Memorial University and empower its students to thrive in an ever-changing world.
Thank you for your consideration.
My name is George Yates and I am very proud to have Graduated from MUN with a B. Comm Coop with class of 1987. I made many great friendships with students and faculty at MUN that have lasted a lifetime.
I have spent my 35 year business career in my hometown of Springdale having started five businesses which I still operate. Yates Boatbuilding International (started with my father Otto Yates), Bay Sales Inc., Hybrid Petroleum, Quality Beverages and Springdale Ship Supplies.
I have been actively involved in volunteerism in my community having served for three terms on the Springdale Town Council, the last term serving as Deputy Mayor. I was Chairman of the Springdale Volunteer Fire Department for three years. I also Served on the Emerald Zone Economic Development Board for three years, two as Vice Chairman and one as Chairman. I was a Member of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Board of Directors Newfoundland Division and was a Founding member and President of the Newfoundland Boatbuilders Association leading the group on 12 Boat shows around the world.
I have served in many capacities on the various groups I was a member of ,such as Chairman of recruiting committees, Finance committees, and Promotion and Economic Development committees. I work well in a group and am a team player who always shows my fellow co-workers the utmost of respect while keeping the Vision and Goals of the organization in the forefront and Honesty and Integrity are my guiding pillars.
I am a very proud Newfoundlander and Memorial University is dear to my heart. My pride and love of Rural Newfoundland runs deep in my veins. Having over 35 years experience in doing business, living and breathing Rural Newfoundland life, I feel this makes me well suited to represent the educational needs and values of rural Newfoundland responsibly as a member of our Board of Regents.
I am confident that the education I received from MUNs Business school has been invaluable in my career choice. I would consider it an honour to serve on MUNS Board of Regents and I am ready and willing to make a positive contribution, giving back to an institution that means so much to me.
I respectively ask for your support in the 2023 Election for MUNS Board of Regents.