Friend of Education - 2013

The Friend of Education Award, supported by The Offord Group, recognizes outstanding service or commitment to post-secondary or independent school education by a volunteer, organization, foundation, corporation or publication. The recipient will have made a significant contribution in a leadership role to the cause of institutional advancement or education in Canada. This award is made possible by The Offord Group.

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Drs. Jean and Angus Bruneau


Individually, and as a couple, Jean and Angus Bruneau have made lifelong, transformative contributions to advancing education at both the university and college levels, particularly in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. They are the first recipients of the CCAE Friend of Education Award who hail from that province.
As Memorial University’s founding Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Dr. Angus Bruneau, OC, ONL, Ph.D., P.Eng., led the creation of the co-operative education program in Engineering – which was only the second in the country at the time. He also helped to lead the creation of Memorial’s Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering, which is now world-renowned and known as C-CORE. 

Angus Bruneau also served as Memorial’s Vice-President of Professional Schools before moving to industry with Newfoundland Power, where he oversaw its transformation into Fortis Inc., while always maintaining close ties with Memorial. When he retired as CEO of Fortis, the company made a significant donation in Angus Bruneau’s honour, which enabled the renovation of Memorial’s largest engineering lecture theatre, renamed the Angus Bruneau Engineering Lecture Theatre. In 2011, Vale Inco renamed the Inco Innovation Centre the Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation, in his honour. 

In addition to serving in numerous corporate directorships, Angus Bruneau has dozens of professional affiliations in engineering, research, and sustainable technologies. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Member of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the holder of honorary Doctorates from Memorial, Dalhousie University, and the University of Waterloo.

He has been deeply involved with Memorial’s Genesis Centre over the years. Recently, Dr. Bruneau was an honourary co-chair, together with his wife Jean, of the Campaign Cabinet for Memorial’s highly successful Dare To fundraising campaign. 
Dr. Jean Bruneau served for many years as Chair of the Board of the Cabot Institute of Applied Arts and Technology – now the St. John’s campus of the College of the North Atlantic. Jean Bruneau’s leadership contributed greatly to the development of the college, which now has campuses throughout the province as well as in Qatar. 
Dr. Jean Bruneau is a driving force in the volunteer community of Newfoundland and Labrador, and has offered over 30 years of service to numerous organizations. Serving in Director and Chair roles, Jean Bruneau has volunteered her time to the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Botanical Gardens at Memorial University, YMCA Strong Families Campaign Cabinet, General Hospital Corporation, and the Law Society of Newfoundland. In 1998, in recognition of her longtime commitment to the benefit of society, Memorial University bestowed an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon Dr. Jean Bruneau. 

For decades, the Bruneaus have given their time, passion, advice, and financial support to Memorial University. Their landmark 2007 gift of over $1 million to create the Angus Bruneau Student Leadership and Innovation Fund in Engineering (Student LIFE program) was the largest gift of its kind to Memorial at the time. This gift has helped – and will continue to help – countless students. It served as an inspiration to many others during Memorial’s Dare To campaign.  In January 2013, the couple donated $1 million to establish the Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music at Memorial’s School of Music.

Drs. Jean and Angus Bruneau epitomize the ideals of philanthropy toward the support of education and their community. CCAE is proud to present them with the 2013 CCAE Friend of Education Award.