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Husky contributes $1 million for centre of excellence at Memorial University

MUN faculty of business dean Isabelle Dostaler speaks Friday at an event in the school’s RBC Business Atrium to announce a $1-million donation from Husky Energy.
MUN faculty of business dean Isabelle Dostaler speaks Friday at an event in the school’s RBC Business Atrium to announce a $1-million donation from Husky Energy. - Joe Gibbons
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Husky Energy on Friday gave Memorial University’s business faculty just over $1 million to create the Husky Centre of Excellence in Sales and Supply Chain Management.

A news release states the centre will bolster “practical expertise and empirical understanding of sales and supply chain management in the province.”

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

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

Gary Kachanoski, president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University, said the centre will prepare graduates to participate in and lead companies that are capable of competing in global supply chains, thus 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,” Kachanoski stated.

The release notes 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.

Pete LeMessurier, vice-president, Atlantic region operations with Husky Energy, said high-quality suppliers and well-managed relationships are key to running Husky’s operations safely and smoothly.

“Our business relies on a mix of local and global suppliers and optimizing our supply chain ensures we are competitive,” LeMessurier said. “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.”

The centre 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.

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