Life on Campus / Summer 2015
A Commitment to Innovation

There is no limit to giving back – it’s boundless


Henry Wu (BASc 1975, MASc 1979) has given $3.5 million to support the construction of the Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship, to be built on St. George Street, next to Simcoe Hall. In honour of Wu’s late father, the top floor of the new centre will be named the Dr. Woo Hon Fai Innovation Floor. It will house conference rooms, a terrace and new spaces for the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Institute for Water Innovation.

Courtesy of Henry Wu

Photo: Courtesy of Henry Wu

Henry: “I care about water sustainability. I have visited the remote mountainous regions in China to help them out, and I have experienced first-hand how difficult it is for them to access water. U of T is doing a great thing, and I’m happy to support water innovation research.

“There’s an old Chinese saying that literally says: ‘When you drink water, remember the spring.’ Respecting our roots is part of the culture I was raised in. It’s about showing appreciation for what one has been provided.

“There is no limit to giving back – it’s boundless. It could very well be a simple ‘thank you’ or a smile. It could also be in the form of a donation or volunteering your services. Giving back is never too big or too small, and it applies to all ages.”

Illustration: Montgomery Sisam Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The top floor of the new Centre for Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be named the Dr. Woo Hon Fai Innovation Floor in honour of Henry Wu’s father. Illustration: Montgomery Sisam Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios


 

The next era of engineering unfolds on June 24 as the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering breaks ground on the Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CEIE). Visit uoft.me/ceie for more details.


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