Young Alumni Award
If you have graduated in the last 10 years, you may be eligible to receive the Saint Mary’s Young Alumni Award.
This distinction is presented to young alumni who display outstanding achievements that may have earned them regional, national or international recognition through: service to humanity, their profession, volunteerism or community service, the advancement of knowledge, or service to Saint Mary's University.
This award is granted to Saint Mary's University alumni within 10 years of receiving a bachelor's degree or within five years of receiving a graduate degree. A maximum of three candidates per year will be granted the young alumni award.
Selection candidates are considered annually by the Saint Mary's University Alumni Association's Awards & Nomination Committee.
Click the link above for the Nomination Form. Nominations close on June 28, 2019.
2018 Young Alumni of the Year - Michael Brown BComm'14
Michael Brown wasn’t a typical undergraduate student when he began studying at Saint Mary’s. He was a mature student with a career as a mechanic, and his high school transcripts were a barrier for him accessing higher education. When he graduated in 2014 with his Bachelor of Commerce, he had created three companies, sold two of them, studied abroad in France and Hong Kong, and had a 4.18GPA. Michael is now Co-Founder and CEO of Swept, Owner of Green Gutter Solutions, and an active community volunteer.
Michael’s entrepreneurial spirit began at a young age, when he won a business pitch contest while in elementary school, and continued to work and run small businesses in his community of Parrsboro, NS until graduating high school. After a car accident left him unable to continue his mechanic work, he decided to explore his interest in business, ultimately choosing the Sobey School of Business for its strong program and small class sizes. As a student, Michael reconnected with and found success as an entrepreneur. In a class with Dr. Ellen Farrell he was challenged to start a business with $10. He started Green Gutter Solutions which he still owns today. He says the University embraces the culture of entrepreneurship, and credits Dr. Farrell for leading the way.
In his third year at SMU, Michael received the Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies. The $15,000 award allowed him the opportunity to invest and take risks with his company, help others with capital for their projects, and give back to the community. Having grown up in poverty, he felt the importance of giving back, and donated a portion of his award to FEED Nova Scotia. He continues to give back to Saint Mary’s through the Michael Brown/Green Gutter Solutions Award for Entrepreneurship and the Michael Brown International Mobility Award, both established in 2014. His experiences with receiving financial aid and awards, studying abroad and entrepreneurship fueled his passion to help other students.
He has seen great success as a business owner, selling both Bin Buddy’s Professional Green Bin Cleaning and Clean Simple, and growing Green Gutter Solutions and Swept. Swept has grown from a residential and commercial cleaning services company to an international software solutions company for janitorial scheduling and staffing. The business has raised over $5M since starting operations in 2014.
In the community, Michael has volunteered and fundraised for a number of organizations, including FEED Nova Scotia (currently serving on the Board of Directors), Catapult, Junior Achievement, AIM – Abilities in Motion, and Make-A-Wish.
- 2018: Michael Brown BComm'14
- 2017: Harry Ezenibe BA'14
- 2016: Erica Sosnowski EMBA'15
- 2015: Heather MacDonald & Jeff Mitchell
- 2014: Chanda Chilanga and Beth Hamilton
- 2013: Scott Noddin
- 2012: Saeed El Darahali
- 2011: Jacob Deng and Jeff Lohnes
- 2010: Khalid Waleed Alkhudair
- 2009: Jeff Britton
- 2009: Jennifer Walker