LAU, John

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Chancellor:

It’s a pleasure to pay tribute to a man who is not only a skilled corporate leader, but also a standard bearer for the very best qualities of Canadian business.

John Chin Sun Lau has been the CEO of Husky Energy—formerly known as Husky Oil—since 1993. Under his leadership, Husky Energy has flourished, and it now ranks among Canada’s largest and most dynamic oil and gas companies. Husky is a prominent presence, for example, in the Alberta oil sands and on Canada’s East Coast. In fact Husky has recently acquired nearly 24,000 acres of oil sand leases adjacent to its Saleski property in Alberta. Husky is also an international player, with operations in the South China Sea and Indonesia’s Madura Strait.

And now, thanks to John Lau’s vision, the firm is also well positioned in the promising field of ethanol. It is building a huge plant in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, that will produce 130 million litres of ethanol a year. That is 13 times more than the capacity at Husky’s ethanol plant in Minnedosa, Manitoba.

Mais la réussite durable en affaires et la vision claire de l’avenir sont loin d’être les seules marques du leadership de John Lau. Il y a aussi sa volonté de remettre à la collectivité locale une part de ce qu’il en a reçu.

C’est ainsi que Monsieur Lau se fait un point d’honneur de veiller à ce que Husky investisse dans les villes et villages où elle est implantée. La Fondation régionale en santé de Lloydminster vous le confirmera, elle qui a reçu 350 000 dollars de la société Husky pour acheter un nouveau tomomètre et faire les rénovations nécessaires à son installation!

While the company generously supports a variety of worthy causes, its commitment to education is certainly a recurring theme.

For instance, in 2004, Husky gave $125,000 to Lloydminster’s Lakeland College, to support post-secondary programs in the oil and gas industry. The firm also contributed $2 million to Memorial University in Newfoundland for the Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research.

En outre, ces dernières années, John Lau a guidé Husky Energy dans la création d’un fonds de dotation de trois millions de dollars à l’Université de Calgary. En fait, au cours des vingt dernières années, Husky a donné plus de 20 millions de dollars à cette université.

En octobre 2004, notre propre université a été l’heureuse récipiendaire d’un don de 500 000 dollars, pour concevoir un écosystème de la forêt boréale qui servira à la recherche sur la biodiversité : la cour intérieure Husky-Energy au Complexe des biosciences.

Pour couronner le tout, John Lau et Husky Energy s’assurent également d’investir des ressources dans les communautés autochtones pour financer des projets éducatifs et d’autres initiatives.

Beyond the money, and the endowments and the investments, John Lau has been equally generous with another type of gift: time. His own time. Over and over. That is what a strong sense of civic duty does. And that is why, for instance, Mr. Lau served on the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary for six years. That is why he also sat on the board of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. That is why he has been a board member of the Alberta Economic Development Authority. John Lau, we are pleased to note, also serves as a member of the University of Ottawa’s National campaign cabinet, an impressive group of Canadian leaders who are guiding our University toward the achievement of ambitious goals.

Vous vous en doutez certainement : John Lau a été honoré à maintes reprises pour ses réalisations. L’an dernier, il a reçu le prix Clearsight Wealth Management Friend of Education. En 2004, l’Université Memorial lui a décerné un doctorat honorifique en droit et, il y a quelques années, il a été fait chef honoraire de la Première Nation de Frog Lake qui lui a donné un nouveau nom en langue crie.

Today, in honouring John Lau, the University of Ottawa proudly joins all the institutions and organizations that have officially recognized his bold yet disciplined direction at Husky Energy, his commitment to community and to the principles of sustainable development, and his foresight as a champion of higher education and research.

Chancellor, it is for all these reasons that, in the name of the Senate of the University of Ottawa, I present to you, for the degree of Doctor of the University, John Lau, a man who truly embodies the very best qualities of Canada’s business and community leaders.

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