Wallace Raymond McQuade, LL.D., May 30, 1990
Wallace Raymond McQuade
B.Sc., P.Eng.

I have the honor to present Wallace Raymond McQuade, B.Sc. (Civil Engineering), P.Eng.

Ray McQuade was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He attended Greenway and General Wolfe Schools and Daniel Mcintyre Collegiate Institute.

He enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1943 serving overseas with the Royal Canadian Artillery, Survey Unit. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Sergeant.

On his return to Winnipeg, he entered The University of Manitoba in 1946, graduating four years later with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Ray was a member of the class of 1950 whose convocation was delayed because of the famous 1950 flood.

In 1948, while he was still a student, Ray married Linda Jane Delafield. Ray and Linda have three daughters, Dr. Gwen Kalansky, M.D., Dr. Nancy McQuade, D.V.M., and Leslie M. MacAdam, R.N. They have six grandchildren.

Immediately after graduation, Ray joined Cowin Steel as a Junior Design Engineer. Ray has spent his entire career with Cowin Steel. He is currently President, General Manager and Chairman of the Board. Cowin Steel was the first company of reinforcing steel fabricators to open a business office in Winnipeg. The company has expanded its facilities six times since it was established, the latest expansion occurring in 1985 under Ray's expert guidance. The company supplies reinforcing steel for engineering projects in the Prairie provinces and in Ontario. Cowin Steel employs 75 permanent staff, with increases to 125 during periods of peak production. The stability of the company and its history of excellent staff relations are a reflection on Ray McQuade's commitment to business and professional ethics and to the welfare of his fellow workers.

It is fitting, Mr. Chancellor, that Ray McQuade should be honoured today by The University of Manitoba. From 1974 to 1980, Ray served with honour and distinction on the University's Board of Governors. For the last five of those years, he was Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board. Both the University community and the professional engineering community owe Ray a tremendous debt of gratitude for his steadying influence during those transitional years of the Faculty of Engineering. The University recogized his contribution to the life of the University with its Distinguished Service Award in 1982.

Ray McQuade has continued to be a friend of the University even after his service on the Board of Governors. His most recent contribution is the leadership role that he took in the establishment of a state-of-the-art structures facility in the Faculty of Engineering for testing large structural elements and frames. As a result of Ray's drive and enthusiasm, this $2 million dollar facility has been built through generous contributions from the private and public sectors. As you know, Mr. Chancellor, this facility was opened officially last week.

Ray McQuade has been,a registered professional engineer for 38 years. It is characteristic of Ray that he has given back much more to his profession than he has taken. At last count, he had contributed 50 years of service on nine different committees of the Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of Manitoba. The Association recognized Ray's distinguished contributions with its Merit Award in 1981 and its outstanding Service Award in 1986.

Ray McQuade has served his community in almost innumerable ways. He was appointed, in September 1985, to the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, eventually serving as Chairman of the Board. He has made untold contributions to the redevelopment of a camp for underprivileged children located on an island in the Lake of the Woods, marshalling volunteer expertise as required. This camp is operated by the Diocese of Rupertsland of the Anglican Church of Canada. He has served on the Board of the Better Business Bureau of Canada, four years as Vice-President. He is an active supporter of Ducks Unlimited, holding a provincial leadership role for the years 1984, 1985 and 1986. In the 1960's he worked extensively as a volunteer upgrading the facilities of the Winnipeg Pistol and Revolver Club, site of the shooting events for the 1967 Pan Am Games. The Canadian Council of Professional Engineers recognised Ray’s distinguished community service with its 1988 Meritorious Service Award for Community Service.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honor and a privilege for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of The University of Manitoba, that you confer on Wallace Raymond McQuade, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba