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Through The Years: 1970s-1990s

By Maroon & White

Generations of Giving

By Kate Elliot and Suzanne Robicheau | spring 2019

The story of the Sobey family connection to Saint Mary’s University is a remarkable one. Spanning decades and crossing generations, it is a relationship that grew over time.

The Sobey family connection and generosity to Saint Mary’s University began in 1975 with Frank H. Sobey, the entrepreneurial visionary who built a grocery empire from a meat delivery service established…

Through The Years: 2000-Now

By Maroon & White | spring 2019

Change of Heart

By Jordan Whitehouse | spring 2019

Seven years ago, it looked like Kyle Awalt was just hitting his stride as a software developer. He’d graduated from Acadia University in 2008 with a degree in Computer Science, and now he was back on the East Coast after a stint with BlackBerry during its peak years. 

But something was missing. Even at a new software job at NTT Data in Halifax, things weren’t feeling as rewarding…

Dedication And Hard Work Are Always In Fashion

By Joanie Veitch | spring 2019

Growing up on a farm in Bras d’Or, Cape Breton, Carolyn Quinn learned about working hard at a young age—it’s a value that has served the 39-year-old executive director of Toronto Fashion Week well throughout her career.

At a talk she gave at a Toronto high school recently, Quinn offered her teenage audience her best advice: whatever path their lives take, and no matter the job, a…

From App to Apples: Using Your Phone To Curb Food Waste

By David Silverberg | spring 2019

It’s January 2016 and Josh Domingues is up to his chin in paperwork at his wealth management company in downtown Toronto. His phone starts ringing and he picks it up to hear his sister Paula, a chef who freelances for catering companies, choking up with tears. “What’s wrong?” he asks. She explains how upset she is that her boss demanded she throw away $4,000 worth of uneaten clams after…

Canadian Football Hall Of Famer And Smu Huskies Legend Chris Flynn To Have His Jersey Retired

By Cale Loney | spring 2019

For the first time in the 217-year history of Saint Mary’s University, a jersey will be retired to honour Saint Mary’s Huskies and Canadian university football legend, Chris Flynn BA’97.

“To be the first player to have their jersey retired by Saint Mary’s University, the place where I have made so many memories, is truly an honour,” said Flynn. “I am incredibly proud of what…

Booming Businesses Abroad

By Renée Hartleib | fall 2018

When Bangladeshi-born Salman Bin Rashid Shah Sayeem was living in Halifax and studying Accounting at Saint Mary’s, he couldn’t help but notice the different ways that Canadians could book travel. “In Bangladesh, we didn’t have any online ticketing options for air travel, but when I was in Canada I would hear things about Expedia and Cheapoair, and it really got me thinking.”


Creating Growth at Home

By Renée Hartleib | fall 2018

As a 14-year-old kid helping to run his family’s bed & breakfast in Cape Breton, Colin Gillis would have had a hard time imagining a future in 3D scanning. But that’s exactly where he is.

As co-owner of the fast-growing company Smarter Spaces, Gillis and his business partner, Dan MacIntosh, help companies, organizations, landlords, developers, and commercial brokers create detailed…

Building Vibrant Communities Saint Mary’s Grad Becomes Mayor of Home Town

By Krista Keough | fall 2018

As a young boy growing up in Chatham, New Brunswick, Adam Lordon’s mother instilled in him and his siblings the importance of giving back. As a city councilor and the first female Deputy Mayor of the City, Nancy Lordon was as well-known for her community service as she was for her involvement in politics.

She was an avid volunteer, championed initiatives to reduce poverty, supported…