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REF NO.: 149

SUBJECT: Investment banker, entrepreneur honoured by Memorial’s business faculty

DATE: May 6

Leaders in investment banking and entrepreneurship were honoured by Memorial University’s business faculty last night, Tuesday, May 5.

The Faculty of Business Administration handed out its top awards to Derek Murphy, formerly of PSP Investments, and Jeff LeDrew, of Jumping Bean Coffee – Eco2 Roast, at its annual Partners Celebration at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in St. John’s.

Mr. Murphy, former senior vice-president, head of private equity at PSP Investments in Montreal, Que., received the 2015 Alumni Honour Award. Mr. LeDrew, founder and chief executive officer of Jumping Bean in St. John’s, won the P.J. Gardiner 2015 Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

“I am delighted and honoured to receive this award and the recognition,” he said. “My education at Memorial’s business faculty was the cornerstone of my career. Newfoundland and Labrador has an abundance of natural resources but its youth is its real future.”

Mr. Murphy earned a bachelor of commerce degree from Memorial in 1979 before completing a master of business administration from the University of Western Ontario in 1986. He began his investment banking career as vice-president of mergers and acquisitions with J.P. Morgan & Co. Inc. in New York and Toronto from 1986-92. He also worked for the Swiss Bank Corporation Warburg and Gordon Private Client Corporation/Gordon Capital Corporation, both in Toronto.

In 1997 he founded Barnridge Inc., a private investment and advisory company, where he was president and chief executive officer. In 2004 he joined PSP Investments. He has been a member of the business faculty’s advisory board since 2011. 

Mr. LeDrew earned a bachelor of engineering degree from Memorial in 1997 and worked locally and internationally in the telecommunications industry before starting Jumping Bean Coffee Company in 2005. The company sources organic and fair-trade certified coffee beans from single origin farmers and roasts them here in the province using a unique Eco2 roast process, which saves a pound of carbon per pound of beans.

Jumping Bean has created nearly 40 jobs in manufacturing and food service in each year of its existence. Wholesale offices have opened in Ontario and Nova Scotia; Mr. LeDrew expects to franchise up to 20 locations across Atlantic Canada within the next two years.

“I am honoured by this award and pleased to thank Memorial's business faculty for thinking of me,” he said. “It is indeed a pleasure to be recognized as part of our province's long tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship, and I look forward to more years of growth and peer support in this community.

Partners is the Faculty of Business Administration’s annual celebration of the business community, bringing together members of the faculty and business community as well as students and alumni to pay tribute to those who have achieved excellence in business while using their skills and expertise to contribute to their peers and communities.

“Derek Murphy and Jeff LeDrew are excellent examples of the kind of business leaders we hope to pay tribute to with these awards,” said Dr. Wilfred Zerbe, dean of the business faculty. “They are innovative, visionary and committed to excellence in their endeavours, and we welcome them to the list of esteemed business leaders who have won our awards. Above all, Mr. Murphy and Mr. LeDrew are excellent ambassadors for Memorial University and their success is an inspiration to us all.”

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For a high resolution photo of the Partners event, please visit www.flickr.com/photos/memorialuniversity.

For more information, please contact Susan White, communications co-ordinator, Faculty of Business Administration, at (709) 864.2616 (work), (709) 689.7988 (cell) or susanwhite@mun.ca.

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