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Engineering alumnus donates to student success

September 9, 2013

Engineering alumnus donates to student success
A gift from James Douglas (J.D.) Hole will support student awards at Western Engineering.

Western Engineering students will benefit from the generosity of extraordinary alumnus James Douglas (J.D.) Hole, BESc’67, who is giving $250,000 to support undergraduate financial awards.
 
Part of Hole’s gift will be earmarked for the Canadian Centennial’67 Class Award, an endowed fund established by members of his graduating class to grant an annual scholarship to a promising engineering student.
 
His donation will also create the J.D. Hole Global Opportunities Travel Award in Civil Engineering & International Development, which will provide funding for seven to nine students to gain a global learning experience each year.
 
“Western gave me the education and experience to succeed as an engineer and business leader,” says Hole. “I am pleased to make this contribution so that future students can achieve success in their studies and careers, and learn about engineering from an international perspective.”
 
After graduating from Western Engineering, he travelled the world for a year, and then joined Edmonton-based Lockerbie & Hole, one of Canada’s largest construction firms. During his tenure, Hole held many positions with the company, including president and CEO from 1994 to 2005. He remained chair of the board until 2009, when the company merged with Aecon to become the largest publicly traded construction company in Canada.
 
Hole also has a strong commitment to his community. Among his many activities, he served as founding director and chairman of STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society) in Alberta, chairman of TELUS World of Science – Edmonton, board member of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and member of the Board of Governors at the University of Alberta.
 
Because of his outstanding contributions to engineering, business leadership and community involvement, Hole received the 2012 L.S. Lauchland Engineering Alumni Medal from Western Engineering.
 
“Mr. Hole’s generosity in funding travel awards provides exceptional opportunities for more students to go overseas, gaining valuable hands-on experiences and learning how they can put their engineering skills into practice in developing countries,” says Andrew N. Hrymak, dean of Western Engineering.


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