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REF NO.: 99

SUBJECT: Memorial’s School of Music renames Petro-Canada Hall to Suncor Energy Hall

DATE: March 20

Memorial University today announced a renaming of the School of Music’s Petro-Canada Hall to Suncor Energy Hall.
In 2005 Petro-Canada, now a Suncor Energy business, invested $1.2 million in the creation of the School of Music’s Petro-Canada Hall. The hall was constructed and furnished to enhance the study and performance of music in Newfoundland and Labrador, and originally opened as Petro-Canada Hall in March 2005. Today, in recognition of Suncor Energy’s continued investments in Memorial’s School of Music, Petro-Canada Hall was officially renamed Suncor Energy Hall.
A $50,000 contribution from Suncor Energy to Dare To: The Campaign for Memorial University was also announced. This contribution has supported repairs and upgrades to core technologies in the School of Music’s Suncor Energy Hall (formerly Petro-Canada Hall), including audio recording, sound reinforcement, theatre-style lighting, and audio-visual presentation and production. This contribution is helping to maintain the hall’s status as a state-of-the-art facility.
“Today’s renaming recognizes the long and steadfast relationship we enjoy with Suncor Energy – a strong relationship as evidenced by its most recent investment in music education,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University of Newfoundland. “With this support, we are enhancing music technology in our School of Music, helping us better prepare the musical leaders of tomorrow. On behalf of performers, both current and future, I thank Suncor Energy for their generosity.”
“Suncor Energy Hall is an important resource, both for students and faculty at the School of Music, and for the many community groups who perform there,” said Dr. Ellen Waterman, dean, School of Music. “It’s a gem of a hall, and this new investment will ensure that it continues to provide a superb concert experience for all of its users.”
“Our support reflects the diversity of our organization, and the community in which our employees live,” said Sandy Martin, vice-president, east coast, Suncor Energy. “Suncor Energy Hall represents the quality of our relationship with Memorial University, and the pride we feel to be a part of this community.”
About Memorial University
Founded in 1925 as a memorial to Newfoundland’s war dead, Memorial University College was elevated to degree-granting status in 1949 as Memorial University of Newfoundland. Today, the university is the largest in Atlantic Canada, with about 19,000 students. Memorial provides excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in virtually all disciplines. With locations in St. John’s and Corner Brook in Newfoundland, Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador, and Harlow in England, Memorial is committed to experiential learning.
Outstanding research and scholarship, extraordinary teaching and learning and a focus on public engagement are the university’s hallmarks. Many teaching and research activities reflect our mid-North Atlantic locations; these unique settings and our cultural heritage have led to the creation of highly-regarded academic programs and specialized facilities in areas such as business, music, linguistics, folklore and human genetics, as well as earth sciences, cold-ocean engineering, rural health care and archaeology. For more information about Memorial University of Newfoundland, please visit

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