Mr. Tom McGrath, President, St. Bonaventure’s College is pleased to announce the 2018 Ignatian Spirit Award recipient is Mr. E. F. (Ted) O’Keefe P13, 15.
Ted has 35 years experience working as a Professional Engineer in the Province’s oil and gas sector. He has extensive experience in both the private and the public sectors – 12 years with the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) and 17 years with the region’s largest oil and gas operator, ExxonMobil Canada. Following his retirement from ExxonMobil, Ted was appointed, in September 2017, by the provincial government to the seven-member Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, a joint federal/provincial agency responsible for managing all aspects of oil and gas development in the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore area.
Ted has always been committed to the St. Bon’s community. From 2009-2015, Ted served on the Board of Governors of St. Bonaventure’s College including as Chair for 3 years, and in 2017 he was a member of the Search Committee for our new Principal. Currently, both Ted and his wife Gail are members of our Ignatius Society, and he also serves on the Selection Committee for the Alumnus of the Year Award.
Ted continues to be active in the local community, serving on a number of volunteer boards. He currently serves as a volunteer board director of the Stella Burry Foundation and the Ocean Learning Partnership. The latter is a not-for-profit aimed at connecting high school students to potential oceans-related careers.
Ted and his wife Gail have two children, Michael ’13 and Laura ’15. Both attended St. Bon’s from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Ted and Gail continue to support the school’s mission and are active participants in the school’s parent alumni community.
“Ted O’Keefe has been an extraordinary volunteer and supporter of the school’s mission and is a tremendous role model for our students. He served the school community as Chair of our Board of Governors with distinction,” said McGrath.
The Ignatian Spirit Award honours a person who has made an invaluable contribution to their community and who truly demonstrates what it means to be a “Man or Women for and with Others.” The recipient embraces the ideals of St. Ignatius Loyola, and reflects the characteristics and qualities inherent in a Jesuit education at St. Bonaventure’s College.
The award will be presented at the 5th Annual Ignatius Society Members Dinner to be held at the College on Thursday, March 8, 2018.