Ernst & Young honours transport giant for delivering prosperity to Atlantic business sector

      Mel Woodward's entrepreneurial excellence earns him 2009 Atlantic
                         Lifetime Achievement Award

    HALIFAX, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Mel Woodward follows his instincts. More than
40 years ago, he saw an opportunity, seized it, and built a thriving business
that now employs approximately 800 people in the Atlantic region. Next month,
Ernst & Young will celebrate Woodward's keen business sense by bestowing upon
him the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2009 Atlantic Lifetime
Achievement Award.
    "Mel Woodward capitalizes on timely business opportunities to generate
solid returns. His prosperous, life-long career has been punctuated by
exceptional accomplishments," says Joyce Hoeven, Director of the Atlantic
region Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program. "Mel's strong entrepreneurial
vision and focus empowered him to make sustainable business contributions that
have helped build communities over the last four decades. This is precisely
what we value in a Lifetime Achievement Award winner."
    In the 1960s, Woodward believed a fuel delivery business would benefit
his Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador community. Driven by intuition, he
purchased a fuel delivery truck with his savings and formed Woodward's Oil
Limited. When the venture flourished, he acquired his first tanker and began
delivering oil along the Labrador coast.
    Throughout his career, Woodward expanded his enterprise to include auto
dealerships, trucking services and supplying fuel and other services to the
aviation industry. Today, these businesses comprise the Woodward Group of
Companies, a major force on the Atlantic and largest ship owner by tonnage in
Newfoundland and Labrador.
    Not only did Woodward transform the Atlantic business scene, he also had
many notable public service commitments. He was a member of the House of
Assembly from 1971 to 1976 as Minister of Labrador Affairs and also served on
a number of trade and commerce boards.
    The Atlantic Lifetime Achievement Award is given to a distinguished
individual whose strong entrepreneurial spirit leaves a lasting effect on the
business landscape. The recipient shows a career history of leadership, sound
business judgment, influence on future generations and dedication to his or
her community.
    Mel Woodward will be honoured and presented with the award at the Ernst &
Young Atlantic Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards in Halifax on October 1, 2009.
    The national program sponsors are Global Television, the National Post,
La Presse and RDI. The Atlantic regional sponsor is Progress magazine.

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