Mr. Lloyd McGinnis, born and raised in rural Manitoba, began his engineering career with an undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba. Ten years after obtaining his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Mr. McGinnis returned to school and obtained a M.Sc. Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has spent his entire career contributing to the advancement of science and engineering. Whereas many graduates take the path of academia toward this achievement, Mr. McGinnis purposely took the applied science route in the private sector.
Included in his significant achievements is a major role as a member of the Prime Minister's National Advisory Board on Science and Technology in creating the Networks of Centres of Excellence program. After helping to launch the Intelligent Sensing for Innovative Structures (ISIS Canada) network, headquartered at The University of Manitoba, Mr. McGinnis served as the founding Chair of its Board of Directors and is presently the Chief Executive Officer. Mr. McGinnis also played a prominent role on a four-person task force in recommending the concept of sustainable development to the Federal Government, eventually leading to the establishment of the Canadian International Institute for Sustainable Development in Winnipeg. At the request of the Prime Minister and the Premier of Manitoba, Mr. McGinnis served as founding Chair of the Institute for a four-year period.
The personal commitment exhibited by Mr. McGinnis to engineering and science is evidenced by the numerous special awards bestowed upon him, including: the Gold Medal Award by the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers; Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering; Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada; the Julian C. Smith Medal; and, most recently, the University of Manitoba's Peter D. Curry Chancellor's Award. As part of his long-term service with Wardrop Engineering Inc., he is acknowledged as a pioneer in responding to the challenge of advancing engineering by changing the technical direction of the company and expanding its horizons through the creation of its International Division. In 1979, Mr. McGinnis was one of the first in Canada to recognize the impending explosion of new technology and its impact on engineering, and thus established a high-tech, multi-disciplinary engineering company involved in aerospace, environmental, earth sciences, transportation, nuclear, machine design, product engineering, computer-aided engineering and, most recently, information technology systems with real-time data management.
Mr. McGinnis' contribution to science in engineering is not limited to national activity, but extends worldwide through his participation in several projects sponsored by CIDA and the World Bank in developing countries. He has used every means possible to advance engineering from simply technical considerations to meeting the social needs of people in Third-World countries helping people help themselves. In the process, he has brought attention and credit to the Canadian engineering profession. He is the recipient of the Global Citizens award by the United Nations.
Mr. McGinnis has served The University of Manitoba as a board member of the Microelectronic Centre, Downtown Continuing Education, the University Development Council, ISIS Canada and the Faculty of Management. He currently serves the community as a board member of CentreVenture (an organization charged with the task of revitalizing downtown Winnipeg), and President of St. Charles Country Club. Mr. McGinnis is also the immediate Past Chair of the Board of Governors of Red River College, and has served as Chair of the Winnipeg Business Development Corporation, Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, President of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, and President of the Manitoba Club. Active involvement on the national scene has included Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Canada/United States Business Council, member of the Prime Minister's National Advisory Board on Science and Technology, member of the Science Council of Canada, and member of the National Task Force on the Environment and Economy. He was the founding Chair of the CanadaJAsean Business Council. Mr. McGinnis is a director of the Royal Bank's mutual funds investments.
Mr. McGinnis is an engineer par excellence whose career has consistently broken ground in important areas such as sustainable development, innovative technologies, and advancing the well being of Third World communities. In the process, he has achieved distinction for his profession, university, community and country. It is most fitting that Mr. McGinnis receive the University of Manitoba's highest honour - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa).