It's a chemistry thing

Senior technical officer Louis Tremblay and alumnus David McLimont next to the 'McLimont Machine'

Thank you!

"More than anything else, our department's ongoing success hinges on the continued dedication of those who have invested themselves in it, whether that be our faculty, staff, students or external partners. David McLimont is part of that — as generous as his donations are, I believe his ongoing personal commitment to us is indeed his greatest gift."

– David Taylor, chair, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Nearly 40 years being part of the University of Ottawa's Annual Campaign. A scholarship for students of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. A brand new reaction kinetics lab for the department.

Alumnus and retired engineer David McLimont (MSc '66 [Electrical Engineering]) has reason to be proud of his contributions to his alma mater, which are doubly beneficial to students, giving them not only financial assistance, but also the cutting-edge technology they need to learn. In the same spirit, McLimont has also made plans to donate the partial proceeds of a life insurance policy, which may go to upgrade an undergraduate reading room.

It all started in the 1970s with a first donation encouraged by what he calls, smile audible in his voice, "university propaganda," and inspired by professors like the late George Glinsky. This donation was followed by regular annual donations. Over the years, and after campus meetings and visits by McLimont as a donor, giving became a way for him to support people he believed in. "I met a lot of the professors in engineering. I was especially impressed with the chemical engineering group. We hit it off, and that's where I thought my funds would be well used," he recalls.

For McLimont, philanthropy isn't a passive activity, but rather, a relationship based on affinities and a shared passion. It's also an opportunity to have some fun, like when he was asked during a 2012 visit to try out a drill press affectionately called the "McLimont Machine" by the department.

"The relationship, that's what really counted," he says. "It was all that stuff that connected me to the University: great teachers, and then the various development officers, and then the faculty members. It just snowballed and that was it. It was really a chemistry thing."

At 89 years of age, McLimont continues to give back to society, be it as a donor, or as a volunteer for the North York Seniors Centre and United Way Toronto. His work in Toronto follows 25 years of volunteering in Ottawa, where he previously lived. When the depth of his commitment is pointed out to him, he pauses, a bit surprised, before saying, "Somehow, it gives me a reason to live. You get to meet new people all the time. I enjoy it."

Gifts of life insurance

Did you know that donating a life insurance policy lets you help the University at little cost while enjoying real tax benefits?


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