Mark graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1981. In 1983, he obtained an MBA from Dalhousie University. From there, Mark worked with CHC Helicopters rising to the position of senior vice-president. Mark was instrumental in starting Vector Aerospace, a globally recognized aviation repair and overhaul company. He served as the CEO and chairman from 1998 to 2003.
In 2004, Mark founded Killick Capital Inc., a private equity investment firm that invests primarily in technology-driven start-ups within Newfoundland and Labrador, supply chain management companies in the aerospace sector and companies operating in the province that demonstrate potential for future growth. Killick Capital through its investments supports employment of over 1,000 people.
Throughout his business career, Mark has been a philanthropist and A volunteer. He is a long-standing supporter of Memorial’s Faculty of Business Administration. He was a driving force in the foundation of Business and Arts NL and serves as the chair of the InnovateNL Advisory Council whose goal is to advance the innovation agenda in this province.
Mark has received many awards and honours such as Memorial University’s 2016 alumnus of the year, one of Canada’s top 40 under 40 business people, Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Alumni honour award and Irish Honourary Consulate General for Newfoundland and Labrador. Most recently, he was recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s top 50 CEO’s.
Mark has demonstrated what it takes to be an effective leader and is a worthy role model for youth and adults alike. Tonight, as a new laureate, Mark joins his father, the late Craig Dobbin, in the Junior Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame.