News Release

REF NO.: 3

SUBJECT: Four alumni to be recognized for outstanding achievements

DATE: September 7, 2016

Aerospace entrepreneur. Memorial ambassador. Artistic genius. International humanitarian.

Memorial University today announced the recipients of its 35th annual Alumni Tribute Awards, recognizing four outstanding alumni for their career achievements as well as contributions to their communities and alma mater. The 2016 recipients are Mark Dobbin, B.Comm.(Co-op.)’81, Karl Smith, B.Comm.(Hons.)(Co-op.)’81, Morgan MacDonald, BBA’04 and Christopher Nolan, BN’08, MN’14.

“This year’s recipients of the Tribute Awards are extraordinary individuals who genuinely represent what it means to be alumni of Memorial University,” said Bob Dowden, chair, Alumni Tribute Awards Selection Committee. “Every year, we have a large number of outstanding Memorial graduates nominated who are making an impact locally, nationally and internationally.”

Mark Dobbin is the Alumnus of the Year for 2016. Mr. Dobbin is a leader in the business community, as well as a dedicated volunteer and philanthropist. He has made an enduring impact on the business growth of Newfoundland and Labrador, both as an entrepreneur and through the guidance and expertise he has shared with the boards of many companies. Mr. Dobbin got his start in the aerospace industry at the age of 21 rising to the position of senior vice-president with CHC Helicopters, a company which he ultimately chaired. He was chair and CEO of Vector Aerospace Corporation for five years and is currently the president of Killick Capital Inc.

Karl Smith is this year’s recipient of the J.D. Eaton Alumni Award, which recognizes outstanding volunteer contributions to Memorial. An accomplished businessman, Mr. Smith is currently the executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Fortis Inc. Notable among a lifelong volunteer relationship with Memorial is his work to establish the Calgary Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador dinner, a highly successful fundraising event for scholarships at Memorial.

Morgan MacDonald is this year’s Alumni Horizon Award recipient and is being recognized for exceptional achievement by a Memorial graduate under the age of 35. A highly acclaimed sculptor, Mr. MacDonald established the Newfoundland Bronze Foundry in 2005, now the largest shop of its kind in Eastern Canada. He is well known for iconic bronze works that include The Rower at Quidi Vidi Lake in St. John’s, and the Danger Tree sculpture, a piece dedicated and installed in Corner Brook to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel.

Christopher Nolan is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Community Service Award. Mr. Nolan is a supervisor with the health centre in Hall Beach, Nunavut, and this work carries over into his volunteer life. One of his many volunteer commitments includes an eight-year relationship with the Ottawa-based Canada-Africa Community Health Alliance. This work takes Mr. Nolan to Tanzania each year for two weeks, where he helps provide treatment and other services to those most in need in that country.

“My congratulations to this year’s honourees who have not only excelled in their careers, but have also taken the time to give back to their communities and their university,” said Mr. Dowden. “I look forward to celebrating these deserving individuals at the awards ceremony in October.”

The 35th annual Alumni Tribute Awards ceremony will take place Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in St. John’s.

To purchase tickets, please call the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development at 709-864-4354, toll free at 1-877-700-4081 or email rsvpalumni@mun.ca. Tickets are $125 per person. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Details can be found online.

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