John Lau recognized for his support of Memorial University of Newfoundland
June 3, 2010, Calgary, AB – Some of Canada’s top energy executives, together with Memorial University alumni and friends, including Danny Williams, the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, gathered for a sold-out dinner in Calgary last night to celebrate all things Newfoundland and Labrador – especially Memorial University.
Dr. Christopher Loomis, president and vice-chancellor pro tempore of Memorial University of Newfoundland, joined some 300 business guests, alumni and friends at the fourth annual Calgary Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador Dinner at Calgary’s Petroleum Club.
Guests celebrated the province and Memorial while raising more than $70,000 in scholarship funds for Memorial students.
Dr. John C.S. Lau, president and chief executive officer of Husky Energy and a recipient of an honorary degree from Memorial University, was presented with a gift of appreciation for his longstanding support of the university.
“Dr. Lau has been a committed supporter of Memorial, and of Newfoundland and Labrador,” Dr. Loomis said. “We are truly appreciative of his efforts, which have created a lasting legacy at our province’s university.”
Dr. Lau has been instrumental in supporting oil and gas research at Memorial and, in 2003, announced the university’s first endowed chair position through a $2 million endowment on behalf of Husky. This support was accompanied by a further $500,000 donation to Memorial.
Premier Danny Williams, an alumnus of Memorial and Rhodes Scholar, also highlighted the university’s success and contribution to industry research. “I could not be prouder of Memorial and the groundbreaking work it is doing in so many disciplines – among them engineering, science, marine technology, medicine, the arts, business administration.”
With last night’s proceeds, Calgary Affinity Dinner guests have raised more than $200,000 for scholarships since 2007.
About Affinity Newfoundland Events
The Affinity Newfoundland and Labrador Dinner is Memorial’s premier alumni event. Dinners take place annually in Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax. A group of dedicated alumni and friends living and working in each city organize the events. Calgary-based WestJet is the event's main sponsor with more than 20 corporate sponsors making the event possible including Johnson Inc., Newfoundland and Labrador Human Resources and Labor and Employment, Nalcor Energy, Statoil, Husky, Schlumberger, Crosbie Group, Flint Energy, WorleyParsons and Blake, and Cassels & Graydon LLP.
About Memorial University of Newfoundland
Founded in 1925 as a living memorial to Newfoundland’s war dead, Memorial University College was elevated to degree-granting status in 1949 as Memorial University of Newfoundland. Today, the university is the largest in Atlantic Canada, with about 18,000 students. Memorial provides excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in virtually all disciplines. With locations in St. John’s and Corner Brook in Newfoundland, Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador, the French island of St-Pierre, and Harlow in England, Memorial is committed to experiential learning. Outstanding research, extraordinary teaching and a focus on community service are the university's hallmarks.