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REF NO.: 31

SUBJECT: Husky contributes $1 million to create centre of excellence at Memorial

DATE: Dec. 6

A contribution to Memorial University’s business faculty will bolster practical expertise and empirical understanding of sales and supply chain management in the province.

Earlier today, the Faculty of Business Administration announced a contribution of just over $1 million from Husky Energy to create the Husky Centre of Excellence in Sales and Supply Chain Management.

The contribution includes a $600,000 donation to create the centre, as well as a commitment of $420,000 over three years towards co-operative education positions for business students to gain experience in the field.

The Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), also contributed $350,000 to the centre.

'Participate in and lead'

“I thank Husky and ACOA for this significant contribution to Memorial and their support of our students,” said Dr. Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor, Memorial University.

“The centre will prepare graduates to participate in and lead companies that are capable of competing in global supply chains, thereby aiding in the growth of various industries in Newfoundland and Labrador. In doing so, this investment will positively impact our business community and the economic development of our province now and into the future.”

'Contributing to growth and development'

“High quality suppliers and well-managed relationships are key to running our operations safely and smoothly,” said Pete LeMessurier, vice-president, Atlantic region operations, Husky Energy.

“Our business relies on a mix of local and global suppliers and optimizing our supply chain ensures we are competitive. By supporting Memorial faculty, staff and students pursuing advanced education and research in sales and supply chain management, we are contributing to the growth and development of companies and individuals.”

Education, research and community outreach

The centre’s activities will focus on new curriculum development by creating innovative undergraduate courses and graduate degrees, as well as providing hands-on work experience opportunities for students.

It will also support faculty members to conduct research projects that identify and provide solutions to local challenges and provide needs-based training to local businesses in partnership with the Gardiner Centre.

The contributions were announced today during a ceremony at Memorial’s business faculty. For more information about the centre, please visit online.

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For more information, please contact Susan White, communications advisor, Faculty of Business Administration, at susanwhite@mun.ca or (709) 864-2616 (office) or (709) 689-7988 (cell).

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