Valued at $15,000, MacDonald is one of only six students in Atlantic Canada selected for the honour and the 13th Mount Allison student to receive this award since its establishment in 1989.
“The Sobey Award will definitely help as I pursue my studies and career,” says MacDonald, who is graduating this year and has accepted a position with Deloitte. “My experiences at Mount Allison, through different opportunities offered in lectures, field trips, and case competitions confirmed my interest in accounting and I’m excited to graduate and pursue this next step.”
MacDonald will also be working towards his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation while working with Deloitte.
In addition to his studies, MacDonald, who grew up in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, also credits his summer work experience with preparing him for this next step.
“I worked at Sandspit Amusement Park in Cavendish for nine summers, the last two as the general manager,” says MacDonald. “I learned a lot from these experiences, work ethic, how to prioritize tasks and delegate.”
Outside of his studies, MacDonald is also involved in intramural hockey and soccer and coached for Fundy Lacrosse.
Along with MacDonald, Sobeys also honoured two other Mount Allison commerce students. Michel Comeau of Richibucto, NB received an honourable mention for the award, one of four students selected for this distinction, earning a scholarship valued at $2,000 for his achievement. Scott Higson of Moncton, NB was also selected as a finalist for the award, and received a $500 scholarship as one of the top business students in Atlantic Canada.