Frank H Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies Awarded: Eight Students Receive Prestigious Business Scholarships
Prize purse increases to $20,000 for Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies
STELLARTON, N.S. – Eight business students studying at Atlantic Canadian universities will each receive $20,000 as recipients of the 2016 Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies.
The award recipients were chosen from 30 finalists based on academic standing, entrepreneurial interest, extracurricular & community activities, and career aspirations. They join prestigious alumni of emerging business and entrepreneurial leaders from Atlantic Canada’s pre-eminent Award for Business Studies.
“These winners are exceptional young leaders and outstanding academic achievers. Since this Award was created in 1989, we have sought to acknowledge the best and brightest talent emerging from Atlantic Canadian Business Schools and this year is no exception. These eight students exemplify compassion for their communities and excellence in the study of Business,” said Paul D. Sobey, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies. “They represent the next generation of business leadership and the potential for Atlantic Canada to prosper under future entrepreneurship and strong management.”
The recipients of the 2016 Frank H. Sobey Awards will be honoured at an early March reception with Atlantic Canadian academic and business leaders at the Crombie House, home of the Crombie Collection of Canadian Art in New Glasgow, NS.
About the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies
The Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies currently presents eight awards of $20,000 each. All full-time business students attending Atlantic universities are eligible for consideration. Deans of Business at each university nominate candidates based on academic standing, entrepreneurial interest, extracurricular and community activities, employment history and career aspirations. Further details on the Award’s process and alumni are available at www.frankhsobeyawards.com/
Established in 1989, the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies have awarded more than $1,600,000 to business students in the four Atlantic Provinces. Each university in the region offering a business program has had at least one recipient of a Frank H. Sobey Award. Recipients are selected by the Board chaired by Paul Sobey and comprised of: Ed Bennet, Bob Brown, Louis Comeau, Greg Fraser, Hon. Myra Freeman, Paul Jewer, Hon. Gerald Regan, David Sobey and John Sobey.
The award recipients of the 2016 Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies are:
Cape Breton University
Erika Armoa-Martinez is a second year Bachelor of Business Administration student with a concentration in Finance, at the Shannon School of Business, Cape Breton University. Erika is a member of the Honours Society and the Dean’s List, with distinction. She is multilingual and continues to improve on her languages and is currently learning French. She has volunteered for several organizations helping people living in poverty, as well as children with cancer and a rehabilitation centre, to mention a few.
Tuan Anh Bui
University of New Brunswick
Tuan Anh Buiis a fourth year Bachelor of Business Administration student with a Double Honours in Finance and Accounting at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.
Upon immigrating to Canada, Tuan assisted his family in starting a successful business. He remains in the business as the Marketing Director while pursuing his academic and extracurricular activities. He has served as the Vice President of Finance in the Business Administration Undergraduate Society, Student Representative for the Faculty of Business Council, and the Campus Ambassador and Team Leader of the Bloomberg Institute. He was also instrumental in starting the UNB Investment Club and currently remains its Co-President. He has received a number of awards during his academic career.
Mount Saint Vincent University
Naomi Dean is a Business Administration student at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is very active in the Business and Tourism Society at the University and is currently the Vice President of Finance for this group. She also volunteers by tutoring fellow students and has a part-time job with a small bookkeeping company. Naomi would like to pursue her Chartered Professional Accountant designation and is hoping to start a small business serving local business’s accounting needs.
St. Francis Xavier University
Cole Grbavac is a fourth year Bachelor of Business Administration student working towards his Honours in Accounting with a minor in Economics at St. Francis Xavier University, ranking number one is his class for the last two years. Cole is the Captain of the X-Men varsity hockey team and is very active within the University. He is the External Relations Representative for the Schwartz Business Society. He coaches the advanced Novice hockey team as well as goalie camps in Antigonish.
Muhammad Munir is a fourth year Bachelor of Commerce (co-operative) honours student at Memorial University. He volunteers to tutor fellow students in Financial Management and has assisted many other international students to find off-campus housing. With his love of photography and videography he has shared his passion by recording functions for many organizations within the community and has organized an intra-university photography competition. Muhammad’s entrepreneurial spirit is began as a young boy by designing and selling his own greeting cards. He continues to look for unique business opportunities.
Saint Mary’s University
Thomas O’Handley is a Bachelor of Business Administration student majoring in Finance at the Sobeys School of Business at Saint Mary’s University with a GPA of 4.2. Within the university Thomas is a research associate for the IMPACT Investment Fund, has provided various financial research and models to assist Fund Managers, participates in the real money management program, is a member of the BCOMM Accounting Society as well as the SMU Pre-Law Society. Thomas has had great success as a boxer in the past and has previously tutored for high school courses as well as volunteering for various breakfast programs for students.
Andrew Snyder is a fourth year Bachelor of Business Administration student at Acadia University, where he is also captain of the Acadia Soccer Team and a member of Toast Masters International. Andrew leads a Men’s Club at a local nursing home each week and also volunteers for the SMILE program at Acadia, enabling youth with special needs to develop motor skills. Andrew has also helped raise money for various organizations such as the Relay for Life and Heart & Stroke Foundation, just to name a few. Andrew’s entrepreneurial spirit became evident early when at the age of 12 he began buying and reselling items on Kijiji and eBay for a profit. He has worked for Lawtons throughout high school and during the summers during university.
Saint Mary’s University
Alexandre Smith-Bilodeau is a Bachelor of Business Administration student majoring in Accounting at the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. He is tri-lingual and has maintained his GPA with a perfect 4.3. Alex is a management lab coordinator at Saint Mary’s and a member of the ICBC case competition team placing top in the first round. He has taken on a leadership role within the school as a tutor for the management course mentoring incoming students. He has helped raise money for various organizations in the community and volunteered to paint and restore a community church. Alex has enjoyed extensive travel while pursuing his passion for surfing.
For further information, please contact:
Bernard Doucet, Director, Corporate Affairs, Sobeys Inc.
Phone: 902.752.8371 ext. 2301