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OnCampus Weekly.. JAN. 21/05

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McCaigU of C mourns longtime supporter

Bud McCaig

John Robert (Bud) McCaig was many things to many people.

He was an entrepreneur who built Trimac Corp. from a small trucking company into a major North American conglomerate. Last fall, he was inducted into the Calgary Business Hall of Fame for his inspiring leadership and community service.

He was a volunteer extraordinaire, serving on many boards and community

rganizations such as the Calgary Health Trust, where he was chairman emeritus. He oversaw a major restructuring of the Calgary Regional Health Authority while chairman from 1994 to 1998, accepting only $1 a year for his work and donating his $10,000 annual honorarium to the Health Trust.

He was one of the city’s most ardent philanthropists, who provided leadership for, among many other ventures, the Project Motion campaign for the development of the Research Centre for Joint Injury and Arthritis and The Partners in Health Campaign, which raised $54 million for health care and medical research. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1999.

McCaig was also a great friend to the University of Calgary.

With his wife Ann, the eighth chancellor of The University of Calgary and a member of the U of C’s Board of Governors for 10 years, McCaig provided advice and support to numerous presidents, deans and faculty members on how the community and the University could work together to build a strong, vibrant and compassionate city.

“ We are terribly saddened by this loss, and the thoughts and prayers of all of us on campus go out to Ann and the kids,” says U of C President Harvey Weingarten. “Bud was more than just a supporter of the U of C, he was a member of our family. He was unstinting in his commitment of time, wisdom and leadership.”

McCaig, 75, died suddenly on January 11, while at his family’s vacation home in Barbados.

His connections to the University of Calgary are long and deep. In 1998, he received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the U of C and later that year a Distinguished Business Leader Award from the Haskayne School of Business and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Chancellor’s Club since 1992 and on the Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Advisory Council since 1999.
He was known for being extraordinarily down-to-earth and friendly, a man who never let his success set him apart from others.

” Bud was a fine gentleman in every respect,” says U of C Board of Governors Chairman and friend Brian MacNeill. “He was a firm believer and supporter of secondary education in many ways, not just financial, but very giving of his time as well. We will miss his presence at the University.”

McCaig donated millions of dollars to various initiatives at the U of C, including the McCaig Chair in Management in the Haskayne School of Business, the M. Ann McCaig Chancellor’s Club Scholarship and the Sport Medicine Centre in 1991.

In 1999, the McCaigs established a fund to support research at the U of C’s Faculty of Medicine through the McCaig Centre for Joint Injury and Arthritis Research. The couple also launched the McCaig Professorship Fund and Award in support of joint injury and arthritis research. Last March, McCaig kickstarted the Alberta Bone and Joint Institute with a stunning $10-million donation. The Institute will be located at U of C and operate in partnership with the health regions, Alberta Health and Wellness, the Alberta Medical Association and Alberta universities.

“ Bud believed passionately about giving back to the community and he led by example,” says Gary Durbeniuk, chief development officer at the U of C. “He gave willingly of his time, talent and treasure to support numerous projects and people on campus. His spirit and example touched many of us and for that, we are a better community.”

McCaig was born in Moose Jaw on June 14, 1929, and moved to Calgary in 1960. He has three children, Jeffery, Melanie and JoAnn. Ann McCaig also has three children, Roxanne, John and Jane.