Alumna, entrepreneur honoured by MUN faculty of business

Daniel MacEachern
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Bernard Collins has been named the winner of the Gardiner Centre Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year award. —Submitted photo

Memorial University’s faculty of business administration has given Peg Hunter its Alumni Honour award and named Bernard Collins the Entrepreneur of the Year.

Hunter, a graduate of the bachelor of commerce class of ’82, is Home Depot Canada’s vice-president of marketing and communications. She began her career as a brand manager for General Foods, and was once vice-president of marketing and merchandising for Grand and Toy and divisional vice-president of merchandising and innovation for the Canadian Tire Corp. Hunter also served for five years on the faculty of business administration’s advisory board, and is chairwoman and a founding director of the Home Depot Canada Foundation, as well as vice-chairwoman of the Canadian Marketing Association board of directors. As vice-president of marketing and communications for Home Depot Canada, she’s responsible for all marketing efforts for the 180-store chain.

Collins is, since 1978, the president of P.F. Collins International Trade Solutions, a company started by his grandfather, Patrick Francis Collins in 1921. The company provides international trade and logistics services, particularly with the marine and offshore supply sectors, and Collins expanded it to include offices in Halifax and Calgary. His success with the business earned him the Gardiner Centre Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year award, which also cited Collins’ community involvement, with the Canadian Red Cross, Junior Achievement and the Flight 491 Memorial Fund.

Awards to be presented in May

“It’s quite an honour to be amongst some of the previous winners of such an event, and also particularly alongside Peg Hunter, who herself has demonstrated significant achievement as a Newfoundlander working in big industry in Upper Canada,” he said, adding he’s been very fortunate in his career.

“Entrepreneurship oftentimes is the right place, right time. Over the last 40 years of working in this business, the industrial development and industry that has taken place has allowed our company to benefit from its involvement in that industry.”

The recipients will be honoured at the faculty’s annual partners reception May 17., Twitter: TelegramDaniel

Organizations: Home Depot Canada Foundation, General Foods, Canadian Tire Corp. Hunter Canadian Marketing Association P.F. Collins International Trade Solutions Gardiner Centre Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur Canadian Red Cross, Junior Achievement

Geographic location: Halifax, Calgary, Upper Canada

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