2010 Recipients of the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies to Each Receive $10,000 Gift

STELLARTON, N.S. – Six business students studying at Atlantic Canadian universities will each receive $10,000 as recipients of the 2010 Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies. The recipients, nominated by the Deans of Business at each university, are recognized for academic standing, entrepreneurial interest, extracurricular and community activities, and career aspirations. More than $760,000 has been awarded to aspiring leaders and entrepreneurs since 1989.

“Each year, we review applications from top business students throughout Atlantic Canada and each year, we find the level of academic excellence, leadership skills and the entrepreneurial spirit of the students simply outstanding,” said David F. Sobey, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies. 

“It is with great pride that we support this year’s recipients in their endeavours as they attend some of Atlantic Canada’s finest universities. We are confident they all will go on to accomplish many great things as they pursue their careers in business.”

The six recipients of the Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies are:

Jeremy deKoe, St.Francis Xavier University
Jeremy is majoring in Finance at St. Francis Xavier University. In his first year of academic studies Jeremy was an Academic All Canadian soccer player and was involved with Theatre Antigonish. As a member of ACE (Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship), he has been a volunteer judge for a local high school’s Entrepreneurship Challenge and helped raise money for an AIDS/HIV awareness campaign. Jeremy participated in St. FX’s first Interparse Exchange Project where he spent a semester at the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland and completed an internship with Kiesel Bauchemie in Esslingen, Germany where he helped write a Green Business Report. Upon graduation, Jeremy plans to work in the field of Investment Banking and wants to achieve his CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation.

Kasey Chaulk, Memorial University
Kasey is in her fifth year of the Bachelor of Commerce (co-operative) Program at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Kasey is responsible for reviving Memorial University’s Student Marketing Society and serves as co-chair. The society launched a workshop called NET2WORK that helps students develop networking skills and prepare for careers. She is a co-author of a research paper that was accepted and presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference in the spring of 2009. Kasey aspires to open her own marketing agency in Halifax named The Chaulk Board.

Nicholas Chomey, Dalhousie University
Nicholas is a fourth year Dalhousie Bachelor of Commerce student majoring in Finance and hails from Toronto, Ontario. He holds executive positions on a variety of university societies including the Dalhousie Finance Society where he acts as a peer mentor to first year students. He placed first in the 2009 J.D. Irving Dalhousie Case Competition and will be starting RBC’s prestigious Global Markets Program in summer 2010 which will help set him on a path to achieve the long-term goal of becoming an equity research analyst. Nicholas has volunteered with Centre 55, CN Tower Climb, Run for the Cure and United Way. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he travelled to Mississippi to help rebuild homes as part of the humanitarian effort. 

Erin Garner, Saint Mary’s University
Erin is a fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student at Saint Mary’s University, majoring in Finance. At Saint Mary’s, Erin has held multiple positions with the Student Union. Erin has been involved in study abroad programs in France, Costa Rica and Northern Ireland with the Conflict Resolution Initiative in conjunction with Peaceful Schools International. She has participated in many student business competitions including the Inter-Collegiate Business Case Competition by Queen’s University, Rotman’s Trading Competition and the Scotiabank Stock Competition and last year’s Trumped Competition, which spanned eight weeks of four different business challenges for real companies. Erin plans to start a career in commercial banking, continue to travel, work toward an MBA and someday be a business owner.

Leslie Lewis, Acadia University
Leslie is an Honours, Bachelor of Business Administration student at Acadia University. Leslie is a canoe and kayak champion and has represented Canada on both the junior and senior canoe and kayak teams. She is the only female athlete to medal in both individual singles in canoe and kayak at the Canadian National Championships. She also coached a group of young paddlers who achieved medals at both the 2009 Canoe and Kayak Championships and Canada Games. At Acadia, she has served as the Vice President of the Acadia Business Society which contributes to the Wolfville Tritons Swim Club, IWK Christmas Toy Drive and KIVA. After graduation Leslie will join CIBC World Market’s Investment Banking division as an Investment Analyst for Mergers and Acquisitions.

Kelsey Peters, Cape Breton University
Kelsey recently completed the requirements for the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree and is currently enrolled in the MBA Community Economic Development Degree. Kelsey is involved with the Children’s Wish Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Cancer Foundation and Canadian Diabetes Association. Kelsey had the opportunity to work on a Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF) application with the provincial government. She is particularly interested in researching out-migration in Cape Breton. She frequently works with her family members on multiple business ventures and research projects in Cape Breton.

In addition to the Award recipients, four students will also receive Honourable Mentions and a $1,000 prize. This year’s recipients are:

Maty Ba – Université de Moncton, Moncton, NB
Lauren Ledwell – MountAllisonUniversity, Sackville, NB
Stephane LeBlanc – Université Sainte-Anne, Pointe-de-l’Église, NS
Lena Fonatine Quiros – University of New Brunswick, Saint John, NB


About the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies

Each year, the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies presents six awards of $10,000 each. All full-time business students attending Atlantic universities are eligible for consideration. Deans of Business at each university are asked to nominate candidates – based on academic standing, entrepreneurial interest, extracurricular and community activities, employment history and career aspirations.

Since their establishment in 1989, the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies have awarded more than $760,000 to business students in the four Atlantic Provinces. Each university in the region offering a business program has had more than one recipient of a Frank H. Sobey Award.


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For further information, please contact:

Shauna Turple
Communications Specialist
Sobeys Atlantic
Phone: 902.752.8371 ext. 8118