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StFX’s Craig Duininck wins $25,000 2018 Frank H Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies

March 9th, 2018
Craig Duininck

Craig Duininck, a StFX Schwartz School of Business fourth year honours entrepreneurship student, has been singled out for excellence.

Mr. Duininck of St. Cloud, Minnesota, has received the prestigious $25,000 Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies, one of eight recipients for this academic year.

Started in 1989 to support the development of future business leaders and business programs in Atlantic Canadian universities, each year eight Sobey Awards are offered to full-time undergraduate students of business studies in universities in the Atlantic Provinces.

“It’s a very, very good feeling,” Mr. Duininck says on receiving the award, noting how the award criteria, which includes academic excellence, extracurricular and community involvement and entrepreneurial interest, recognizes all the work he’s put into the classroom, community service, and athletics over the last few years.

He’s had an impressive four years at StFX.

In 2017, Mr. Duininck received the $6,000 Irving Mentorship Research Award offered through StFX’s Frank McKenna Centre for Leadership to fund 12 weeks of research. His research looked at the effects of individual recognition on team productivity.

In 2017, he was also named captain of the StFX X-Men hockey team.

He is also a graduate of the StFX Leadership Academy and has volunteered his time in a number of ways, including raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, serving as a business and statistic tutor, as well as volunteering with a local Boys and Girls Club, the Canadian Obesity Network StFX Chapter, the Learn to Skate program, Multi-Sport program, and the First Nations Hockey Development Program.

“I give a lot of credit to my family, and to StFX as a whole. The culture around here is a culture of giving back,” he says.

“Just going to class and hanging out with your friends isn’t enough,” he says. “It’s important to give back as well.”

He says he’s also been fortunate as a member of the X-Men hockey team to watch and be inspired by previous captains and team members who have won awards for demonstrating great leadership in and outside of the classroom.

As for time management? You learn very quickly how important it is, he says. “If you make time, it’s worth it.”

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