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Contributing to engineer success

May 7, 2014

Contributing to engineer success
A world of experience awaits engineering students at Western who want to explore global-learning opportunities, thanks to a gift from alumnus J.D. Hole.

Engineering students at Western will receive more learning experiences in Canada and around the world through the generosity of James Douglas (J.D.) Hole, BESc’67, who has donated $250,000 to support undergraduate awards.

Part of Hole’s gift has been earmarked for the Canadian Centennial ’67 Class Award, an endowed fund established by his graduating class to grant an annual scholarship to a promising student.

His donation has also created the J.D. Hole Global Opportunities Travel Award in Civil Engineering & International Development, which provides funding each year for seven to nine students to gain a global learning experience.

“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 future students can achieve success in their studies and careers, and learn about engineering from an international perspective.”

His gift supports a key initiative at the Faculty of Engineering – offering more students more opportunities for a global experience.

“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 Hrymak, dean of the faculty.

After graduating from Western, Hole joined Edmonton-based Lockerbie & Hole, one of Canada’s largest construction firms. During his tenure, he held many positions with the company, including president and CEO from 1994 to 2005.

This article appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of Impact Western
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