Ovations conference realizes nearly $40-K profit

Barb Sweet
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Premier Kathy Dunderdale speaks at an Ovations event at the Delta Hotel — Telegram file photo

Ovations, the January gala event which celebrated  women in the province, made a profit of nearly $40,000, according to data  released to The Telegram by the organizing committee.

Expenses released late Wednesday show the event cost $249,520, but revenue from corporate donors and registration fees brought in $287,215, leaving a balance of $37,695.

The registration fees alone came in at almost $40,000.

The details were released after the Liberal Opposition filed a request under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

The committee that organized the Ovations women’s conference said it would release the details, forsaking the formal process.

The Liberals said Wednesday they wanted to find out the source of the funding and are pleased

to see the donations from corp-

orations that made the event possible.

Most major sponsors donated between $7,500 and $25,000, with the Iron Ore Co. of Canada giving the highest amount — $50,000.


There was no government cash, but Nalcor Energy chipped in $25,000 and a subsidiary of Nova Scotia’s private energy company, Emera, chipped in $15,000.

Other cash donors included Suncor Energy, ExxonMobil, Long Harbour Employers Association/RDC, CIBC, Statoil, Husky Energy, Ernst & Young, Pennecon, Chevron, Stantec and Stewart McKelvey.

According to the committee, several companies provided in-kind contributions including  Provincial Airlines, Steele Communications, Delta, Comfort Inn and Transcontinental.

The $37,695 profit will be used for women in leadership events and Ovations follow-up, the committee said.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale gave the keynote address at the event which was announced by the women’s policy office.




Organizations: Iron Ore Co. of Canada, Suncor Energy, Long Harbour Employers Association/RDC CIBC Statoil Husky Energy Steele Communications Comfort Inn

Geographic location: Nova Scotia

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  • Tree Bark
    April 11, 2013 - 10:17

    The premier, like steve kent and paul lane, are starting to sound like Newfoundlanders from another planet in these hard times of doom and gloom.

  • Hate Free
    April 11, 2013 - 10:10

    Wow, looks like some people just wake up frothing with hate.

  • Hold your ovation til the end
    April 11, 2013 - 09:19

    Slush fund for Premier's speaking gig attracts gobs of cash from entities seeking multimillion dollar government contracts. Corporations who, in all likelihood had already maximized their political contributions. More money set aside for encore. This is supposed to be a good news revelation?

  • Kevin
    April 11, 2013 - 07:14

    How much of the provincial budget did it take to paint that FAKE SMILE on that low lifes face ???????

  • Willi Makit
    April 11, 2013 - 06:24

    ''There was no government cash, but Nalcor Energy chipped in $25,000''. Ummm, Nalcor is a government owned corporation. The statement that there was no government cash is not true.

    • david
      April 11, 2013 - 18:02

      More than half the "profit" came from one source ----- embezzled from unwilling, unaware taxpayer contributions.. The new financial "wizardry" of Newfoundland will shake up the world when they catch on. Up is down, loss is profit, bankrupt is rich. A perpetual wealth machine!!

    • david
      April 11, 2013 - 18:10

      Sooo...it "made" $40,000....after Nalcor gave it $25,000. Ummmmmmm.....maybe you should just one more teensy little peek at those Muskrat Falls feasibility projections.... better yet, have someone sober, half sesnsible and alert do it. There must be someone walking up the parkway you can yell out to.....