MUN business faculty honours alumni

Everton McLean
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Memorial University's faculty of business honoured a Scotiabank executive as its alumni of the year and a man, who started or helped start more than 100 companies, as entrepreneur of the year at its annual Partners celebration Wednesday.

S. Jane Rowe was given the 2008 Alumni Honour Award for her ongoing support of the faculty and her success as a executive vice-president at Scotiabank.

Charlie Oliver and S. Jane Rowe were honoured Thursday evening at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland. Oliver won the Gardiner Centre 2008 Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year award while Rowe was awarded the 2008 Alumni Honour from the MUN Facu

Memorial University's faculty of business honoured a Scotiabank executive as its alumni of the year and a man, who started or helped start more than 100 companies, as entrepreneur of the year at its annual Partners celebration Wednesday.

S. Jane Rowe was given the 2008 Alumni Honour Award for her ongoing support of the faculty and her success as a executive vice-president at Scotiabank.

Rowe, who graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree in 1981, said she never expected to be honoured for her contributions

"I do feel very honoured to be receiving the award," she said.

"I'm a huge fan of the Memorial business school. I think what it's accomplished over the past almost three decades since I graduated has been tremendous."

Rowe, who works in Toronto, said she was also happy to see the faculty willing to recognize someone no longer living in the province.

Also honoured was Charlie Oliver, who was given the Gardiner Centre's 2008 Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

"I'm humbled," said Oliver, CEO of Martek Morgan Finch Inc.

A continual entrepreneur, Oliver said he recently counted more than 100 businesses he started or helped start. Those companies ranged from cosmetics, fitness centres, bookstores, and offshore suppliers.

He said it's important for young people who want to be successful entrepreneurs to realize what it is an entrepreneur does.

"An entrepreneur is someone who has a dream that far exceeds the resources available and chases it anyway," he said.

"It's having a dream and belief you can make things happen even when the resources don't appear to be there."

Business faculty dean Gary Gorman, who is in his final year at the head of the department, congratulated the award winners

He said Rowe's award "recognizes an individual who has achieved outstanding success within their profession and who, at the same time, has made a significant contribution to the faculty, the university and to the community more broadly" - criteria he said the bank executive easily meets.

He said Oliver is a "consummate entrepreneur" and a natural selection for his award.

"I really can't think of anybody more deserving than Charlie Oliver. He started so many businesses we lost track of them," he said.

Meanwhile, the business faculty also honoured Deloitte & Touche LLP, the provincial Department of Human Resources Labour and Employment, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for their commitment to hiring co-op students.

emclean@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Scotiabank, Gardiner Centre, Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur Martek Morgan Finch Deloitte & Touche LLP Department of Human Resources Labour PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Geographic location: Toronto

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  • Maureen
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    I would like to congratulate Charlie on receiving his award for entrepreneur of the year. I agree 100 % with Mr. Gorman that Charlie is the most deserving of this award.
    I am very proud of him and happy to call him my cousin.

  • Maureen
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    I would like to congratulate Charlie on receiving his award for entrepreneur of the year. I agree 100 % with Mr. Gorman that Charlie is the most deserving of this award.
    I am very proud of him and happy to call him my cousin.