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Business faculty to hand out awards at Partners Celebration


May 31, 2013

David Kelly

Alumni Honour Award recipient David Kelly.
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Two prominent members of the St. John's business community will be honoured by the Faculty of Business Administration at its annual Partners Celebration on June 27.

Mr. David Kelly, board member of Verafin Inc., will receive the 2013 Alumni Honour Award. Mr. Patrick O'Callaghan, president and CEO of East Coast Catering, will take home the Gardiner Centre's Newfoundland and Labrador 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Partners is the Faculty of Business Administration's annual celebration of the business community, bringing together members of the faculty, students, alumni and community to pay tribute to those who have achieved excellence in business while using their skills and expertise to contribute to their peers and communities.

"We are honoured to celebrate this year's award winners at our annual Partners Celebration," said Dr. Wilfred Zerbe, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration. "David and Patrick are leaders in their fields who have shown initiative, innovation and dedication throughout their careers to develop diverse business interests and successful enterprises. On top of that, they've used their skills and experience to serve their communities. Their success is an inspiration for us all."

Mr. Kelly is a graduate of the bachelor of commerce class of 1968. Following a 35-year career in the Canadian technology industry, Mr. Kelly financed and framed the money laundering detection issue that led to the creation of Verafin Inc. in 2003.

Mr. O'Callaghan began his career in the hotel industry in the 1960s before starting East Coast Catering in 1984 to meet the rising demand for catering services in the offshore oil industry. The company has grown to service markets in Labrador, Western Canada and Ireland. Mr. O'Callaghan has focused on his employees throughout his career, remaining committed to diverse hiring practices and a policy of promoting from within and providing training, education and resources to foster a workforce of long-term employees.

Partners will be held on Thursday, June 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Johnson GEO Centre. To purchase tickets, contact Wanda Whelan at 709.864.2182 or business@mun.ca.

Susan White-MacPherson