Co-op student and entrepreneur takes prestigious $25,000 Sobey prize
Date Published: March 7, 2019
Spencer Wiechert says following his passion has opened doors for him. The fifth year Accounting student established his video production business while still participating in sports, societies and completing two co-op terms, and has parlayed that determination and drive into a Frank H. Sobey Award worth $25,000.
“I have learned a lot about leadership, determination and creative problem-solving,” he said. Financially, the award will allow him to focus on his studies, and, he added, “It has had a great deal of impact on my confidence as a young professional.”
Dr. Harjeet Bhabra, the dean of the Sobey School, nominated Spencer after a rigorous process of considering a field of seven candidates. “While selection was hard, since there were so many qualified, excellent candidates, Spencer’s leadership qualities shone through in his application,” noted Dr. Bhabra. “He has had such a positive effect on so many areas of Saint Mary’s.”
After choosing Saint Mary’s because of the excellent reputation of the accounting program at the Sobey School and the football program here, Spencer set out to make his mark. In the Sobey School tradition of creating impact with purpose, Spencer took his three years’ of experience in varsity football and in negotiating the university setting and helped create videos for the University that promoted and celebrated the football team and how-to videos that helped students learn more about completing typical university tasks like registering online. He served on the executive of the Commerce Society and helped organize residence activities, he was a peer mental health support, and he co-wrote a case that is used to teach MBA students.
On Thursday, March 7, Spencer joined the other seven winners of the Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies and their deans in Stellarton at the Crombie House to formally accept his prize.
Spencer said, “I am honoured to join such an impressive group of leaders as the Frank H. Sobey winners represents.”
Since 1989, the Frank H. Sobey Awards have handed out over $1,800,000 to top business students in Atlantic Canada. Award recipients are chosen by a Board of Directors, comprised of Atlantic Canadian business and academic leaders, from over 30 finalists based on entrepreneurial experience and interest, academic standing, extracurricular and community activities, and career aspirations.
Spencer is currently completing his third co-op term in tax at BDO. He has been offered a position with PwC to continue his journey towards his CPA designation.