Congratulations to our Founding President, Arthur C.F. Lau.
Arthur was awarded the Order of Canada by the Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson.
Yew-Chong gave a great speech, and Arthur Lau, our Founding President, was surprised with a plaque in honor of his appointment to the Order of Canada.
ARTHUR C.F. LAU - MAN OF PURPOSE
The firm of Arthur C.F. Lau
, Architectswas established in December 1968.
Over the years, Arthur's
firm has designed many interesting projects across Canada, including the Standard Life Centre
The firm has been commissioned to do urban planning for Brockville, Ontario, Shaja, United Arab Emirates, and the City of New Brunswick, New Jersey.
In 1969, Arthur joined the Canadian Chinese Cultural Society 's Board of Directors.
Interested in Chinese culture himself, he
was enthusiastic about its dissemination.
In 1983, he
helped the Society organize an exhibition of art treasures loaned by local collectors at Stewart Hall, the Cultural Centre of Pointe-Claire
In 1969, Arthur joined the Board of Directors of the Montreal Chinese Hospital.
Like others, he
believed in the care of the elderly and vulnerable, particularly those of Chinese origin who may feel isolated due to language and culture.
He later became President of the Hospital Corporation and Vice-President of the Hospital Centre.
Working with other volunteers, he
helped fundraise for the new hospital and assisted the Building Committee
While heading the Corporation, he
tried hard to secure ownership of the Hospital by the Corporation which represents the Chinese Community.
believed strongly that ownership would enable greater control over the Hospital's operations and patient care.
In 1985, Arthur joined the Montreal Chinese (Mandarin) School as one of its directors.
He served as Chair of the Public Relations Committee until December 2000.
The School gives students the opportunity to learn basic Chinese language and an exposure to Chinese culture.
The School started with just over 100 students.
Today, the number has grown to 1100 students.
An outstanding feature of the School is its high number of volunteers, consisting of teachers, members of the parents' committee and directors of the Board, all working together harmoniously as a large family.
As a practicing professional in Montreal, Arthur
felt the absence of an association for Chinese Canadian professionals.
also saw difficulties encountered by young Chinese Canadian professionals trying to make headway in their fields without any organized support.
To resolve this problem, he assembled a dedicated group of Chinese Canadian professionals, themselves representative of different professions - doctors, lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers and computer specialists - to work together to form a professional association.
After 18 months of work sessions, the Federation of the Chinese Canadian Professionals (Quebec) was launched in November 1993.
The Founding Committee elected Arthur as the Founding President of the Federation.
Arthur's close relationship with McGill University
Alma Mater, began in 1991, when he
learned of the impending closure of the Faculty of Dentistry (despite it being the oldest dental school in Canada and considered as one of the ten best in North America).
worked with a group which included professionals and students opposed to the closure of the Faculty, to circulate a petition in the Greater Montreal area.
This convinced the University to keep the Faculty open.
is also involved in fund raising for the Faculty to improve existing programmes and develop research.
In 1991, he was appointed a member of the Board of Governors of McGill University.
Arthur was also named the Chairman of the Building and Property Committee, a position which he still holds today.
The extensive responsibility of overseeing all property transactions, supervising planning, design and construction of buildings, maintenance of university buildings and grounds at the downtown and MacDonald campuses, has allowed Arthur
to work with McGill personnel, volunteers and outside consultants.
Since 1992, the Building
and Property Committee
has overseen the completion of many important buildings at McGill
, namely, the new Sports Centre
, the M.H. Wong Building
, the Law Library
, the Student Services Building
, the Greenhouse
, as well as the renovation of many buildings, with three new projects to come.
At McGill, Arthur sits on many committees.
Arthur is the sole representative of the Governors on the Academic Planning and Priority Committee (which sets the guidelines and policies for the academic development for the University).
From 1995 to 1998, he represented the Board of Governors on the Interim Board and the Provisional Board of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC).
When the MUHC Foundation was formed in 1998, he was invited to join its Board.
He was also a member of the Royal Victoria Hospital Centre Board from 1997 until it closed in 1998.
As an Executive Member of the Fund Council, he raised funds to establish two Chairs in East Asian Studies Department, Faculty of Arts, and doubled the collection of Chinese books in three years.
helped to establish a Chair in Engineering and a Chair in Medicine.
also raised funds for over 20 graduate fellowships, undergraduate scholarships and student loans for eight Faculties and the School of Architecture.
In recent years, Arthur
family have established scholarships and prizes for various Faculties and Schools.
Some of these awards, named and also written in Chinese, are for perpetuity.
Having been instilled with Chinese philosophy from an early age, Arthur
believes in rendering honour to one's benefactor and, in particular, to one's Alma Mater.
Since this belief is shared by many graduates, Arthur
has been very successful in his
efforts at fundraising from alumni in Hong Kong and North America.
In 1997, McGill
presented a medal to Arthur
, recognizing his
efforts in completing the financing and construction of the M.H. Wong Building
In June 1998, the Alumni Association of McGill University
with an Award of Merit, the highest award of the Alumni, in recognition of his
dedicated service to the University.
In 1995, because of his interest in Science and Education, he was invited to join the Board of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research , an institute dedicated to the support of scientific research by outstanding researchers at all major Canadian universities.
The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada
with a Honourable Award Mention in recognition of his
contribution to life in Montreal and Quebec in September 1997.
In Summer 2000, Arthur was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada, the Rt.
private life, Arthur
is devoted to his
Even though he
was busy, he
always spent time with his
three daughters and son during the weekends, on holidays and during vacations.
is blessed with two infant granddaughters who fill him with great pride.
In the near future, it is anticipated that he
will relinquish architecture for the grandfatherly role of permissive babysitting because of his
love for children.