News Release

REF NO.: 90

SUBJECT: Memorial announces 2019 Alumni Tribute Awards recipients

DATE: August 27, 2019

Memorial University has announced its recipients for the Alumni Tribute Awards – a set of four awards given annually to acknowledge the achievements of outstanding women and men who are alumni of Memorial University.
The 2019 recipients are Barry Perry, B.Comm.(Hons.)(Co-op.)’86; Susan Rose, BA’82, B.Ed.(High School)’86, B.Sp.Ed.’97; Dr. Peter Collingwood, B.Med.Sci.’79, MD’81; and Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi, Dip. in Clinical Epidemiology’09, MD’13.
“This year we had a diverse group of nominees who reminded the committee of the amazing accomplishments of our graduates,” said Bob Dowden, chair, Alumni Tribute Awards selection committee. “The 2019 recipients chosen by the committee are all outstanding alumni who have made a difference locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.”
Barry Perry, Alumnus of the Year
Barry Perry, B.Comm.(Hons.)(Co-op.)’86, is the CEO of Fortis Inc.
In 2000 Mr. Perry became the vice-president of finance and chief financial officer at Newfoundland Power, eventually undertaking the same roles at Fortis Inc., beginning in 2004. Since 2014 he has served as CEO of Fortis.
During his tenure as CEO, Fortis has undertaken the US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC Holdings, making it one of the 15 largest investor-owned utility companies in North America and he has seen the company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Under Mr. Perry’s leadership, Fortis supports The Salvation Army Centre of Hope, the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, Meals on Wheels, The Rooms, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Memorial’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and many other worthy and important organizations.
Susan Rose, Outstanding Community Service Award
Susan Rose, BA’82, B.Ed.(High School)’86, B.Sp.Ed.’97, is a retired special education teacher.
Ms. Rose has networked with school boards, government departments, communities and individuals for gay and lesbian human rights. Ms. Rose consults with students and parents in the province, providing resources to assist them in dealing with conflicts within their school and community.
In July 2009 Ms. Rose was awarded Pride Citizen of the Year for Newfoundland and Labrador. As a result of training and education, 60 per cent of all schools in the province now have a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) or Pride Alliance Club.
She is the national vice-president of Equality for Gays and Lesbians Everywhere (EGALE) Canada Human Rights Trust and chairperson of EGALE’s education committee. Ms. Rose owns a tourism rental business on the Baccalieu Trail in Conception Bay, N.L., where visitors experience one of the oldest communities in North America. 
Dr. Peter Collingwood, J.D. Eaton Award
Dr. Peter Collingwood, B.Med.Sci.’79, MD’81, is a radiologist with Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Collingwood is a true altruistic leader and volunteer. For the past 10 years, he has volunteered with Memorial University. During the Building a Healthy Tomorrow campaign, he recruited volunteers, worked with the campaign team to identify potential donors, facilitated introductions, opened doors to potential alumni donors, assisted with corporate appeals and helped set campaign strategies.
He is a mentor, donor and pioneer in interventional radiology training and is a champion of Memorial University. Dr. Collingwood and his wife, Deborah, have endowed scholarships, established suites of group learning rooms and provided professional personal support to dozens of medical students.
Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi, Horizon Award
Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi, Dip. in Clinical Epidemiology’09, MD’13, is an associate professor of medicine at Memorial's Faculty of Medicine and is only 33 years of age.
Dr. Ogunyemi followed up his undergraduate studies at Western University by completing a graduate diploma and doctor of medicine degree at Memorial University. He served as president of the Medical Student Society.
He has published in many publications for both the scientific community and for mainstream audiences, including the New York Times and the Huffington Post. He was recently named a TEDx St. John’s speaker for the 2019 event. He lives in St. John’s and travels to Labrador every 6-8 weeks to complete clinics, significantly decreasing dermatological wait-lists in Labrador.
“On behalf of the committee and the Memorial University community, I extend congratulations to our deserving group of recipients,” said Mr. Dowden.
The 38th annual Alumni Tribute Awards will take place on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, at the Signal Hill Campus in St John’s.

Tickets (individuals and tables) can be purchased online.

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