Business faculty to hand out excellence awards

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Memorial’s business faculty is recognizing two business leaders and four student volunteers for their efforts to better their industries and communities at its upcoming Partners Celebration.

The Faculty of Business Administration will hold Partners on Thursday, May 27, at 11:30 a.m. Registration is now open for the virtual event by emailing

Brad White (B.Comm.(Co-op.)’91), principal at Blue Deer Capital Partners Inc., is being honoured with the 2021 Alumni Honour Award.

Deirdre Ayre, head, Canadian operations, Other Ocean Group Canada, will receive the P.J. Gardiner 2021 Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

“Each year, we recognize people in our business community who have made a difference, whether it is through innovative business practices, exceptional growth or dedicated community involvement," said Dr. Isabelle Dostaler, dean of the business faculty. "This year’s winners are excellent examples of the type of business leaders we hope to honour with these awards.”

Four students are also being recognized for their service to the university and broader community.
Business administration student Marium Oishee will take home the 2021 Dr. Robert Crosbie Undergraduate Student Citizenship Award. Recent graduate Kristen Murray (B.Comm.(Co-op.)’20) is the 2020 recipient.

Adele Jackson (MBA’21) and Pragadeesh Ravichandran (MBA’20) will receive the 2021 and 2020 Dr. Victor Young Graduate Student Citizenship Award, respectively.

Partners was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the alumni and entrepreneur awards were not presented.


Members of the media are invited to attend and may register by emailing
For more information, please contact Susan White, communications advisor, Faculty of Business Administration at or (709) 689-7988. 

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