SIX ATLANTIC CANADIAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS RECEIVE THE FRANK H. SOBEY AWARD
$60,000 Awarded for Excellence in Business Studies
STELLARTON, N.S. – Six business students studying at Atlantic Canadian universities today received $10,000 as recipients of the 2009 Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies.
“Year after year, it is inspiring to see the recipients of the Frank H. Sobeys Awards for Excellence in Business Studies continue to demonstrate dedication, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to not only succeed, but excel as business leaders,” said David F. Sobey, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies.
“It is both an honour and privilege to meet these remarkable students from Atlantic Canada whom we recognize today, and we offer each of them our sincere congratulations for their achievements and best wishes in their future endeavours.”
This year’s award recipients along with their respective Business School Deans were formally recognized today at a presentation ceremony held at Crombie House, home of the late Frank H. Sobey, in Abercrombie, Nova Scotia. The event was attended by Board members of the Frank H. Sobey Awards as well as executives of Empire Company and its subsidiaries, Sobeys Inc. and Crombie REIT.
The six recipients of the Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies are:
Ashley Hannon, a native of Halifax, N.S. and a fourth-year Bachelor of Business Administration student at Acadia University. As a Teaching Assistant and active member of Junior Achievement, Ashley is also the Coordinator of Mysterious Encounters-Earth, an environmental education program designed for grade five students. Following completion of her studies at Acadia University, Ashley plans to pursue a career in environmental law or environmental consulting.
Michael Harris, of MountPearl, N.L. is a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student at Memorial University. He is a member of Memorial University’s Investment Club and Junior Achievement. In addition, Michael is an active member of Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship, a student not-for-profit organization committed to teaching and inspiring youth to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities in the community. After graduating from Memorial University, Michael plans to earn his designation as a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner, with future aspirations to form his own financial consulting business.
Aaron Murphy, a native of Hubbards, N.S. and a fourth-year Bachelor of Commerce student at Saint Mary’s University. He is an active member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honour Society and is part owner of Unique Events Production, a cause-related event planning company that he co-founded in 2007. Aaron is also a former coach and current volunteer with the Special Olympics Committee. Following completion of his studies at Saint Mary’s University, Aaron plans to pursue career opportunities in advertising and marketing.
Katie Brewer, of Howie Centre, N.S. is a fourth-year Bachelor of Business Administration student at Cape Breton University. In addition to being a member of the Business Society and a Student Research Assistant, Katie also finds time to volunteer with St. Joseph’s Parish in North Sydney and tutor junior and senior high school students in reading. Following her graduation from Cape Breton University, Katie will pursue a career as a Chartered Accountant with aspirations of starting her own company that would promote community and economic development in Cape Breton.
Graham Watts, a native of Montague, P.E.I. and a fourth-year Bachelor of Business student at the University of Prince Edward Island. He is a member of the University’s Business Society and a volunteer with Island Nature Trust, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Southeast Environmental Association. A proven entrepreneur, Aaron owns and operates his own business, Nature Trails, providing products such as walking sticks, bird houses and bird feeders to consumers throughout Atlantic Canada and the Eastern United States. After graduating from the University of Prince Edward Island, Aaron plans to pursue a career in finance with aspirations of becoming a stockbroker, and exploring further entrepreneurial opportunities on Prince Edward Island.
Thor Jensen, of High River, A.B. is a fourth-year Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick. He is a member of the Student Investment Fund as well as the Law in Society program, which explores the economic, social, and philosophical interactions of law. In addition to his studies, Thor volunteers with a literacy program designed to help children develop reading skills. Upon graduating from university, Thor looks forward to completing the Chartered Financial Analyst designation or studying law.
In addition to the Award recipients, one student will also receive Honourable Mention and a $1,000 prize – this year’s recipient is:
Kimberly Hartlin – St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, N.S.
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 $700,000 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:
Alison Cameron Eddy
Phone: 902.752.8371 ext. 8128