St FX honours three with Alumni Awards of Excellence
The StFX Alumni Association is pleased to announce the recipients of
the 2011 Alumni Awards of Excellence. Being honoured this year are Ellen
Costello ’76, Distinguished Alumna of the Year; Robyn Tingley ’96,
Young Alumna of the Year; and Jim Brennan, Friend of StFX.
These awards will be presented Sept. 30, 2011 at the Welcome Home
Dinner, which kicks off StFX’s annual Homecoming celebration. The dinner
and presentations take place at the StFX Keating Centre.
Alumni and friends are invited to join in the celebration. For
tickets to the Welcome Home Dinner, please contact the Alumni Office at
(902) 867-2186 or purchase online at www.alumni.stfx.ca
For more information on Homecoming, please also see www.alumni.stfx.ca.
Ellen M. Costello
Alumni Award of Excellence, Distinguished Alumna of the Year
Ellen Costello is Chief Executive Officer of BMO Financial Corp. and
U.S. Country Head of Toronto-based BMO Financial Group, one of North
America's leading financial services providers. She is responsible for
providing governance and regulatory oversight for all of BMO's U.S.
businesses. After joining BMO in 1983, Ms. Costello held progressively
senior positions in Corporate Banking and Treasury, serving in
leadership positions in Derivatives, as Regional Treasurer in Asia in
1993 and in 1995 as Senior Vice-President and Deputy Treasurer. In 1997,
she was appointed Executive Vice-President, Global Treasury Group. In
2000, she was named Head of Securitization and Credit Investment
Management; in 2003, head of BMO Capital Markets, New York; and in 2006
she assumed responsibility for Merchant Banking. Later in 2006 she was
named Group Head for Personal and Commercial Banking U.S. and President
and CEO, Harris Financial Corp. She was appointed to her current role in
July 2011. Ms. Costello holds a BBA from StFX and earned her MBA from
Dalhousie University. She serves on a number of boards, including the
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global
Affairs, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, After School Matters, the
Executives' Club of Chicago and the Financial Services Roundtable. She
is a member of the Commercial Club, its Civic Committee, the Chicago
Network, and the Economic Club of Chicago.
Alumni Award of Excellence, Young Alumna of the Year
Robyn Tingley, a Campbellton, NB native, graduated from StFX in 1996
with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, followed by a post-graduate
degree in journalism at King’s College. She interned at ELLE Magazine in
New York City before joining NBTel (Aliant) where she spent 11 years,
the last five as Vice President Communications & Public Affairs for
national telecommunications leader Bell Aliant. Ms. Tingley left that
post to pursue an international career, relocating to Belgium in 2008 to
serve as Vice President of Human Resources & Communications Europe,
Middle East, Africa at Ingram Micro. She has since been appointed Vice
President Human Resources North America, and is now based in Orange
County, California at the company’s worldwide headquarters. She is one
of the few Canadians to have earned her certification as a Global Human
Resources Professional. Ms. Tingley has served on the boards of the
University of New Brunswick, Theatre New Brunswick Foundation, and the
New Brunswick Museum. She and her husband, Brent McGovern, have spent
the last decade preserving and rebuilding some of the nation’s oldest
housing stock in Saint John. From their new home base in the U.S., they
continue to invest in the city’s heritage renewal.
Alumni Award of Excellence, Friend of StFX
im Brennan has enjoyed a long association with StFX. As senior vice
president of Bird Construction Company and formerly the founding partner
of Rideau Construction Incorporated, he has been involved in several
construction projects on the StFX campus including the new Physical
Sciences Complex, renovations to MacIsaac Hall, Bishops Hall, the Coady
International Institute, and most recently the Gerald Schwartz School of
Business and the Frank McKenna Center of Excellence. On a personal
level, he has several siblings who attended StFX, including Tom, Terry,
Cathy, Marcia, Mike, and Andrea. Many nieces and nephews have attended
StFX, and Mr. Brennan’s daughter Emma entered the StFX business program
in the fall of 2011. Prior to joining Bird in February 2008, Mr.
Brennan, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the
University of New Brunswick, was the president and founding partner of
Rideau Construction Incorporated. Bird is a national general contractor
operating in the commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors. Mr.
Brennan grew up on a potato farm in Bath, New Brunswick. He is married
to Barb, and they have four children, Emma, Jacob, Maggie and Abby.