The P.J. Gardiner Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year Award celebrates the achievement and entrepreneurial spirit of an individual who is strengthening our province’s economy and business community as well as serving as a role model for today’s youth.
The Gardiner Centre, formerly known as the P.J. Gardiner Institute, and Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration began to recognize entrepreneurs from our province with the prestigious designation of Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year in 1986. In recognition of the first head of the School of Business Administration and Commerce at Memorial, the award was renamed to the P.J. Gardiner Newfoundland and Labrador Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Peter J. Gardiner recognized the value in developing an entrepreneurial culture in the province and his work in this area inspired the creation of the P.J. Gardiner Institute – an incubator-type unit operating under the umbrella of the Faculty of Business Administration. The institute was designed to foster the entrepreneurial spirit in the local community. It later merged with the Centre for Management Development to form the Gardiner Centre, which is focused of providing top quality management and professional development for business, education and government.