Senior executives and business leaders from the resources, energy, banking, finance, property, consulting and infrastructure sectors attended a prestigious awards ceremony held on 29 May for some of the state's high-achieving students from The University of Western Australia's Business School.
A total of 29 scholarships and 43 prizes worth a total of more than half a million dollars were awarded.
University Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson commended the mutual benefits arising from the UWA Business School's strong links with the business community, industry and graduates.
"The new UWA Business School building symbolises the depth of community support for the School and the special place the University occupies in the hearts of many West Australians," Professor Johnson said.
"Many of the prizes awarded today rely on the generosity of a wide range of private and professional donors and business sponsors."
The Dean of the UWA Business School, Winthrop Professor Phil Dolan, said gaining award recognition was an outstanding achievement. "Each prize or scholarship reflects many hours, weeks or years of hard work and is a testament to the exceptional performance of our students," Professor Dolan said.
"I would also like to acknowledge the generosity of our sponsors and donors, without whom these awards would not have been possible."
Andrew Carey, BHP Billiton Iron Ore Vice President Human Resources, congratulated the award recipients and spoke about the value of BHP Billiton's partnership with the UWA Business School.
"At BHP Billiton, our long-term approach to investing in education supports real employment outcomes and our support of the BHP Billiton prize and BHP Billiton Scholarships forms part of this education to employment pipeline," he said.
Other speakers included ATCO Australia Managing Director, Steven Landry and UWA Business School student and award winner Robert Trainor. Mr Landry shared his wisdom and humour, giving advice to both students and business executives. Both speeches were well-received by the nearly 200 attendees.
Sponsors and donors attending included: Mark Barnaba, Chair, UWA Business School Board and Macquarie Group (WA); Tony Howarth AO, Deputy Chair of the Business School Board; John Atkins, Chairman, Western Australia, ANZ; Andrew Carey, Vice President, Human Resources, BHP Billiton Iron Ore; David Griffiths, Non-executive Chairman, AHG; Steven Landry, Managing Director, ATCO Australia; Gerard Moody, CEO, Perth, BDO; Tom O'Leary, Managing Director, Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers; Stan Perron AM, Chairman, Perron Group; Gary Smith, Chairman of Partners, WA, KPMG; and major donors to the UWA Business School, including Don Voelte and Nancy Keegan.
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