School of Engineering bestows first Dr. Gordon Springate Sr. Award in Engineering


L to R: School of Engineering Associate Dean Dr. Yannacopoulos, Gordon Springate Jr., recipient Bret Nestor, and Faculty of Applied Science Dean Dr. Parlange.

The inaugural Dr. Gordon Springate Sr. Award in Engineering was conferred on Bret Nestor (BA Sc ’15), Mechanical Engineering, at the June convocation ceremonies on UBC’s Okanagan campus. Gordon L. Springate Jr., BA Sc (’81), Chemical Engineering, created the generous award endowment in memory of Springate’s late father.

The award, valued at $5,000 annually, is bestowed on a student completing the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in the School of Engineering who has demonstrated a material contribution to their community outside of their program.

Gordon Springate Jr., and the family, wished to establish a legacy in memory of Gordon Springate Sr. who had been very active in the community throughout his career. Gordon Springate Sr., one-time Dean of the Division of Applied Studies at Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan) was an avid volunteer who offered leadership services to Cathedral Church of St. Michaels and All Angels, Scouts Canada, Canada Power and Sail Squadron, Westbank Toastmasters Club, Kelowna Probus Club, Canadian Red Cross, and Rotary Club of Kelowna. He held an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Physics from McGill University, an MBA from Simon Fraser University, and a PhD from Nova Southeastern University.

Gordon Springate Jr. has been employed by Chevron for 10 years, currently serving as their Technology R&D Manager in Houston, Texas. Prior to Chevron, Gordon Jr. worked for several other oil and gas companies in Western Canada, the USA, UK, South America and SE Asia.

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