Memorial University

Main campus at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Student Centre, St. John’s Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Mr. Edward Johnson speaks to the audience about Power Corporation’s long-standing connection to Memorial University.

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Dr. Jeffrey Pittman, Chair in Corporate Governance and Transparency, Faculty of Business Administration, Edward Johnson, Former Vice-President, Power Corporation International, Dr. Gary Kachanoski, President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Wilfred Zerbe, Dean, Faculty of Business Administration.

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Developing Canadian expertise in corporate governance

With 19,500 part- and full-time undergraduate and graduate students from 118 countries, Memorial is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. From its main campus in St. John’s, the university has learning and teaching facilities across Newfoundland and Labrador. Founded as a college in 1925 as a memorial to those Newfoundlanders who lost their lives in World War 1, it was made a university in 1949.

Power Corporation has a long history with the university; the late Paul Desmarais was Chancellor of Memorial from 1979 until 1988. Since then, the University has expanded dramatically in terms of its scope, international reach and its academic accomplishments. In 2013, Memorial University created a Research Chair in Corporate Governance and Transparency, funded by Power Corporation, to lead the development of Canadian expertise in corporate governance.

At Power Corporation, we believe that education is the key to opportunity, and generous, broad-based corporate and public support for the funding of education is the key to equality of opportunity.

The Chair in Corporate Governance and Transparency is the first research chair to be established in Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration.
Edward Johnson
Former Vice-President
Power Corporation of Canada



research centres at Memorial


graduate fellowships and 854 PhD students in 2020


accomplished alumni throughout the world, including over 50 Rhodes Scholars


of Memorial’s research is ocean-related


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