Perry Dellelce: A Canadian Ambassador For Notre Dame

By Christine Cox | Fall 2015

Perry Dellelce (MBA ’87) has received the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes a graduate business alumnus/alumna who has demonstrated achievement in business and a commitment to the Mendoza College of Business through leadership and service to the graduate business community.

Dellelce makes a point to stay connected with every university he’s attended. In addition to his Notre Dame MBA, Dellelce received a bachelor of arts from the University of Western Ontario and a law degree from the University of Ottawa. “I have always wanted my universities to be part of my life, so I made a point to stay involved with all of them,” he says.

His efforts on behalf of Notre Dame mean greater visibility in Dellelce’s home country of Canada. “We work very hard to expand the Notre Dame reputation in Canada,” he says. “The brand is quite well-known, but it still isn’t everything you would want it to be. We are working very hard to spread the word.”

This dedication means a lot from someone like Dellelce. He is a founding partner of the law firm Wildeboer Dellelce in Toronto, one of Canada’s leading corporate finance transactional firms. He is active in a variety of nonprofit organizations, community groups and governmental boards.

At Notre Dame, he sits on the Mendoza College Business Advisory Council. He and his wife, Sue, established the Dellelce Irish Hockey Shop in the Compton Family Ice Arena and have endowed two MBA scholarships.

Dellelce attended Notre Dame because he wanted a distinctive MBA education outside Canada. His connections with classmates and the University have benefitted his career and enriched his life. “The best part of my Notre Dame experience is the lifelong bonds that will never go away,” he says. “I couldn’t be more thrilled with all of the contacts, friendships and memories I have from my time at Mendoza.”