2011 Homecoming & L.S. Lauchland Engineering Alumni Medal Presentation

Western Engineering News | October 2, 2011

Western Engineering welcomed over 50 alumni and friends to campus for Homecoming 2011.

Guests enjoyed the chance to mix and mingle at the annual Western Engineering Open House, held in the Richard Dillon Atrium of the Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion before the Homecoming football game.

Current students, faculty, and staff were on-hand to chat with alumni and friends about current projects and priorities within Western Engineering.

Following the open house, many alumni and friends ventured down to T.D. Waterhouse Stadium for the Western Engineering South End Zone lunch and football game. The group cheered as the Western Mustangs beat the York Lions.

Later in the day, the L.S. Lauchland Engineering Alumni Medal was presented to Keith Stevens, BESc’70, MESc’71, at Braise Food & Wine in downtown London.

Stevens is an active member of the Western community, and engineering community as a whole. He has been an instrumental member of the Execulink Telecom Inc. team since 1975.

Over the years, he has served as President & CEO for the company (from 1975 to 2006) and Chairman of the Board of Directors (from 2006 to present).

Through his progressive leadership at Execulink, the company has grown from approximately 1,300 local telephone customers to more than 50,000 customers with services for residential, business and wholesale sectors that include local telephone, digital phone, internet and cable television services.

Throughout his career, Stevens has been involved in issues related to telecommunications, in particular those serving the communities in Southwestern Ontario. He served as Director (1999-2004) and President (2003 – 2004) of the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, and received the Medal of Good Service (1992) and Medal of Merit (2006) for his volunteer activity with Scouts Canada.

Stevens was also recognized in 1993 by the Canadian Independent Telephone Association with the Telephone Person of the Year Award and in 1999 with a Life Membership for the Ontario Telecommunications Association.

As an engineering student, Keith served as president of the Undergraduate Engineering Society. He maintains his strong ties to Western, as a corporate sponsor of the Go ENG Girl event and an annual presenter of the Dr. James A. Vance Gold Medal & Prize in Civil Engineering, in honour of his grandfather, who was a civil engineer in Southwestern Ontario and played a part in establishing the department of Engineering Science at Western in the mid-1950s.

For over 13 years, Stevens has been a Warden of Camp 11, serving as Chief Warden from 2005 to 2011, which organizes the annual "Ritual of the Obligation of the Engineer" (Iron Ring Ceremony) at Western. He is now a Warden for the Corporation of Seven Wardens for Canada.

The L.S. Lauchland Engineering Alumni Medal was initiated in 1976 to mark the retirement of Professor L. Stuart Lauchland, past President of the A.P.E.O. The Committee inaugurated a series of medals to be presented annually to a Western Engineering graduate unless it decides that in a particular year no suitable nominations have been received.

Western Engineering alumni, faculty, staff and students are invited to submit nominations for this award each year.

Since its inception, the medal has been awarded 22 recipients. View full list here: www.eng.uwo.ca/dean/Awards/alumni.html

Homecoming 2012 will take place Sept 27 - Sept 30.

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.: Allison Stevenson
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