VANCOUVER – British Columbia’s only mining engineering program received a $7.5-million boost last week that will significantly increase its capacity for teaching and research.
The gift is comprised of a major donation from TECK COMINCO plus contributions from the company’s partners including The Hallbauer Family Foundation, AMEC Inc., Silver Standard Resources, Robert Quartermain, Steven G. Dean and Dr. Klaus M. Zeitler, and will create the NORMAN B. KEEVIL INSTITUTE OF MINING ENGINEERING at the UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (www.Mining.UBC.com).
Dr. Norman B. Keevil is currently non-executive chairman and a former president and CEO of Teck Cominco. His dedication to excellence in business and community development has been widely recognized. He is an inductee to the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and is the recipient of an honorary LLD degree from UBC.
The gift will provide support for infrastructure upgrades, faculty recruitment, and an enriched student experience for an expanded number of students, thereby enhancing the quality of education and leading-edge research.