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John O’Dea, campaign co-chair

John O’Dea is a partner in the St. John’s office of McInnes Cooper and a member of the firm’s business dispute resolution, litigation, insurance and construction industry groups. His practice is focused on the construction industry and related dispute resolution, and also includes corporate and commercial litigation and insurance defence
Why did you get involved in the campaign?
I have always had an interest in health care. I was on the Health Science Foundation for a number of years. In my law practice I had become involved with clients who were investing in innovative research in the health care field, particularly in connection with genetics. I became more aware of what was going on at Memorial's Faculty of Medicine when my niece became a medical student. Her interest in genetics heightened my interest in what was going on at Memorial in genetics research. When I was asked to join the campaign, I did not hesitate.
What do you hope the campaign will accomplish?

Of course, it is critical that the campaign achieve its financial objective. But as important is that there is a legacy of giving to the Faculty by alumni and a greater awareness in the community about what great work is going on in the faculty.

What personal or professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

Being one of the creators and founders of Business and Arts NL (BANL).


Dr. Peter Collingwood, campaign co-chair

Born in St. John’s, Dr. Collingwood is a clinical professor at the Faculty of Medicine, as well as a interventional radiologist with the Diagnostic Imaging Program with Eastern Health. He’s also a proud alum of Memorial University (BSc.‘79, MD‘81). During his professional career, Dr. Collingwood has continued to be involved with Memorial University and the Faculty of Medicine in many capacities.
Why did you get involved in the campaign?
First off, because John would be the other co-chair. Secondly, I thought it was a good idea, particularly from the student support aspect and I’d always been contributing to that, personally. I’d like them to have the opportunities that I had. Financially for them, it’s not going to cover a lot but I think it’s important for them to know that there’s someone supporting them and interested in how they do.
What do you hope the campaign will accomplish?
I’m almost certain it’s going to reach its goal and hopefully exceed our original goal but I’m hoping that it won’t just end; that there’ll be a culture of giving built up for the alumni doctors and the doctors within Eastern Health and across Newfoundland that this is what people do and that it’s a relatively easy thing to do as part of their practice. So, if there’s a legacy from this, I’m hoping there’s an ongoing philosophy or culture of encouragement, and thanking people and making it known that people are giving.

What personal or professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
I always tell everyone the only thing I’m good at is skiing! There’s a ton of professional accomplishments that you have when dealing with patients and patient satisfaction; that’s every day. That’s why you go to work. But I think the big one for me was that a small group of us were instrumental in getting interventional radiology as a specialty in Canada. It’s now recognized by the Royal College. I was involved in the start-up of the Canadian Interventional Radiology Association. Actually, I was their first paying member. Fifteen years ago, no one knew about it and now everyone knows about it.


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