A prominent executive who engineered one of the most remarkable turnarounds in Canadian corporate history, Mr. Lau is a committed philanthropist dedicated to advancing the cause of education, promoting health and wellness, and establishing mutually beneficial relationships with Canada's First Nations people. President and Chief Executive Officer of Husky Energy Inc., one of Canada's largest energy companies, Mr. Lau is responsible for Husky's performance, strategic planning, and corporate policies. Under Mr. Lau's leadership, Husky has become Western Canada's largest producer of alternative fuel, manufacturing ethanol for blending with gasoline and other fuels. Mr. Lau is also recognized for his long-term commitment to Canada's First Nations people. He has been bestowed Honorary Chief, "Chief Earth Child," by the Frog Lake First Nation, Honorary Chief, "Chief Wolf Dog," by the Blood Nation (Blackfoot), Honorary Chief, "Chief Black Bull" by the Tsuu T'ina Nation and Honorary Chief, "Eagle Overlooking the Land" by the Kehewin Cree Nation. Mr. Lau has served on the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary and held positions on a number of related committees within the board. He has been a Board member of the Alberta Economic Development Authority and has been appointed a Guest Professor and an Honorary Director of the Potential Gas Appraisal Centre at the University of Petroleum, Beijing. In addition, Mr. Lau has been highly involved in charitable events, including Honorary Patron of the Canadian Cancer Society, Honorary Patron of the Banff Centre, and Honorary Patron of the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary. He is a member of the University of Ottawa's National Campaign Cabinet for the Campaign for Canada's Universities. Mr. Lau is a recipient of the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal recognizing his contributions to the Canadian community. He has received Centennial medals from the Province of Alberta and the Province of Saskatchewan. Mr. Lau has been honoured with the Saskatchewan Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to the development of the Province of Saskatchewan and its people through leadership and personal activity. In recognition of outstanding service and commitment to post-secondary education, Mr. Lau received the Clearsight Wealth Management Friend of Education Award from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education, and a Champion of Public Education in Canada Award by the Learning Partnership.
-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Dean Sandham, Dean, Faculty of Medicine