When your university Alumni Association requests an interview with you, it’s an indication that you might have done a thing or two right along the way. With a multitude of trail-blazing firsts, a successful global company and a track record of philanthropy, it’s no wonder the University of North Dakota wanted to feature Mr. Peter Nygård in one of their September issue of the UND Alumni Review, as one of their most successful alumni.

Peter Nygård graduated in 1964 from UND’s College of Business & Public Administration at the top of his class and was the recipient of the prestigious Sioux Award. Fifty years later, his success is proof that anyone with an unwavering work-ethic coupled with measured risk-taking, can achieve meteoric results.

NYGÅRD Inkster headquarters in Winnipeg was honoured to host UND’s, Amy Henley, dean of business college; DeAnna Carlson Zink, CEO of alumni; Kim Woods, associate VP senior director of development; Milo Smith, editor UND Alumni Review and Sam Melquist, graphic designer UND Alumni Review on Thursday, May 16, 2019. They were treated to a tour of Gallery50, a behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities and a pizza lunch in PARK50. Gallery50 is an interactive museum of Peter’s 50 years of business. It highlights his childhood with a section of the Nygård family’s original home from Deloraine, Manitoba; there is a retrospective collection of NYGÅRD fashions throughout the decades; glass cases feature memorabilia, gifts and awards, such as Peter’s UND diploma, his Sioux Award and UND’s Fighting Hawks hockey jersey (a gift from UND on the opening of the Gallery) and multiple screens showcasing employees and celebrities.

After the tours, Milo Smith sat down with Peter to get a first-hand account of how Peter’s childhood experiences shaped his fortitude and how his time at UND Business College set him up for success by helping to unleash his drive and passion for business and helping to mould his positive & open mindset. Peter always says, “vision without execution, is just hallucination,” so it’s on point to say that Peter has executed quite a few things in his time!

The afternoon ended with a lunch in the newly launched PARK50, where Mr. Nygård was joined by supermodel and friend, Beverly Johnson, the UND team, executives and associates for healthy artisan pizza and popcorn—all under the glorious sun-filled Winnipeg sky.

Later that evening, the UND team joined Peter Nygård and Beverly Johnson at the Grace Hospital Foundation’s, Grace Gala to honour his long-time friend Pearl McGonigal by sponsoring the Pearl McGonigal Lifetime Achievement Award. 

You can read the UND Alumni Review article here and be sure to watch our highlight video of UND’s visit to our Inskter facitlites,  below. 

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