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Late Dr. Angus A. Bruneau

 

Honourable senators, I rise today to pay tribute to Dr. Angus Bruneau, who passed away on February 19 in St. John's, Newfoundland.

A native of Toronto, Dr. Bruneau, along with his wife, Dr. Jean Bruneau, moved from Waterloo, Ontario in 1968 to Newfoundland and Labrador to become the founding dean of Memorial University's Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, where he introduced one of the first cooperative education programs in the country. He also served as the university's vice-president.

Dr. Bruneau's achievements during his lifetime were many. He was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortis Inc., a position he held from 1987 until 1996. He was chairman of its board of directors from 1998 to 2006. He also served on the board of directors of several Canadian corporations.

Dr. Bruneau was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1983 and a member of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2011. He earned his PhD in physical metallurgy at the University of London in 1962. He received honorary doctorates from Memorial University, Dalhousie University and the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Bruneau was the driving force behind the creation of C-CORE, which today is a world-renowned research organization in remote sensing, ice engineering and geotechnical engineering in St. John's.

He was a long-time and active member of St. David's Church in St. John's, where he was a faithful member of the choir. His woodworking skills are featured prominently throughout the church.

I first met Dr. Bruneau in 1987. I will remember him as a true gentleman, loyal, kind and friendly, with a wonderful sense of humour. He was a mentor to many of my generation, giving generously of his time and taking interest in each of us. He inspired all of us.

We have lost a proud Newfoundlander and a great Canadian. He will be missed by his family, his community and by all who knew him.

Honourable senators, please join me in extending condolences to Dr. Bruneau's wife, Jean, his sons and grandchildren, as well as his large circle of family and friends.