Congratulations to alumni Koh Yong Guan (MechE 7T0 MASc 7T2), Anne Sado (IndE 7T7) and Bert Wasmund (ChemE PhD 6T6), who will be awarded honorary degrees from the University of Toronto during this year’s convocations.
U of T awards honorary degrees in recognition of extraordinary achievement and to honour those individuals whose accomplishments are of such generally perceived excellence that they provide, through example, inspiration and leadership to the graduates of the University.
The High Commissioner of Singapore to Canada, Koh Yong Guan is one of the most esteemed public servants in the history of Singapore. Guan joined the Civil Service as a Biomedical Engineer in the Ministry of Health in 1972. He served in the Ministries of Finance, Education and Defence before being appointed Commissioner of Inland Revenue, then Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He was awarded Singapore’s Meritorious Service Medal in 1995 for his significant contributions in modernizing the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore. He now serves as Chair of Singapore’s national pension fund and the Singapore Cancer Sciences Research Institute. Koh will receive his honorary doctorate of laws on June 6 at 2 pm.
An outstanding role model for women in engineering and business, Anne Sado has served as President of George Brown College since 2004, where she spearheaded the creation of a new campus on Toronto’s waterfront. Previously, she had a long and distinguished career at Bell, rising to the position of Senior Vice-President, Business Processes and Operational Effectiveness. Sado has an exemplary record of community service; she has served as President of the YWCA of Metropolitan Toronto, Chair of the Trillium Health Centre, and as a member of the Advisory Boards for the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She will receive her honorary doctorate of laws on June 15 at 10 am.
Bert Wasmund, Executive Director of Hatch Ltd., has had a remarkable career comprising outstanding technical innovation, senior management in a global engineering company, and significant contributions to engineering education. He is credited with transforming the metallurgical industry through a series of innovations that reduced energy consumption and harmful emissions while improving workplace safety and productivity. Wasmund has served on the ChemE Advisory Board and has personally provided significant endowment scholarships for students, as well as championing Hatch’s research partnerships with the University. He will receive an honorary doctorate of engineering on June 15 at 2:30 pm.
“We are delighted that three of our alumni are being honoured by the University for their achievements and contributions to their respective fields,” said Cristina Amon, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. “These outstanding alumni represent not only the excellence of our graduates, but the many and varied opportunities available to those with an engineering education.”