Peter and Janet Gardiner Award for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
This fund was initially established from contributions to the University’s Anniversary Fund to commemorate the memory of Peter Gardiner, and subsequently further supported by Peter and Janet’s children in memory of their parents. Peter was a former Director of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s then School of Business and a local entrepreneur. Janet was the Province’s first female chartered accountant (1956), served on the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Business Administration, and was the first woman to chair Memorial University of Newfoundland's Board of Regents from 1991-1997. This award is valued at a portion of the income on the endowment, normally $5,000.00 annually, and will recognize student creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship as evidenced by a student’s genuine interest in small business and entrepreneurship through the establishment or the intention to establish a new venture. Students in any program of study (graduate or undergraduate) are eligible. To apply for the Peter and Janet Gardiner Award for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, students are to provide a written report or plan describing their venture. Award finalists will then be asked to make an oral presentation to the Award Selection Committee. The Award Selection Committee will consist of faculty members from the Faculty of Business Administration and the business community at large. In the case of undergraduate students, the awards will be made by the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards acting on the recommendation of this panel. In the case of graduate students the awards will be made by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies upon the recommendation of the Committee on Graduate Studies of the Faculty of Business Administration.