Former Canadian Chamber chair to deliver keynote speech to UPEI business society
A former chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce will provide the keynote address for the UPEI Business Society’s 36th annual luncheon Friday, March 8 at the Charlottetown Seaport event centre.
John Peller will share his experiences from being with the chamber and with Andrew Peller Limited during the luncheon, which will run from about 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Isaac Murphy, president of the society and a fourth-year UPEI student, said tickets have already gone on sale for the luncheon, which attracts upwards of 500 local business people.
“Any support from the community is always appreciated and we’re really looking forward to the luncheon this year,” he said.
Born in Hamilton, Ont. and having graduated from the University of Western Ontario (LLB) in 1980, Peller has enjoyed a number of achievements throughout his career.
Apart from serving as chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Peller has also had a long career with Andrew Peller Limited, one of the most successful corporate wine companies in North America.
Peller has also served as director and vice chair of the Canadian Vintners Association, director of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and has been a member of the World Presidents’ Organization, the Canadian Council of Chief Executive Officers and the Chief Executives Organization.
He has also received numerous awards during his career including citizen of the year award at the Spirit of Niagara Ceremony in 2009, an honorary bachelor of applied studies degree from Niagara College, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Murphy says the business society is not for profit and completely run by students.
“We just sustain the money we make and keep it in the society,” he said.
The society ensures that all UPEI business students have an enjoyable experience at the university by complementing traditional academic experience with social and networking events. The society also gives back to the community through food drives and fundraising endeavors.
Events like the business luncheon enable students to interact with peers, professors and the business community at large, said Murphy.
For more information, or to order tickets by telephone or email, contact the UPEI Business Society at (902) 566-0407 or at email@example.com.