Robert StolleryRobert Stollery completed his BSc (Eng) at the University of Alberta in 1949 after serving in the Canadian Navy during World War II. That same year, he joined Poole Construction Limited as a field engineer. Stollery proceeded to work his way up the company ladder, becoming president in 1969. He became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the renamed PCL in 1979. During his time at PCL, the company expanded rapidly and soon had projects not only in Edmonton but also all across North America. In addition to his work with PCL, Stollery was a member of many boards of many other companies and organizations, including the Toronto Dominion Bank and the Edmonton Community Foundation. Stollery values supporting communities and has made donations to numerous organizations, including the Stollery Centre at the University of Alberta School of Business. He is best known for his multi-million-dollar donation to help fund the children's hospital in Edmonton, which was named the Stollery Children's Health Centre in his honour. Stollery has received much recognition for his charity and business achievements, and he was awarded the Order of Canada, as well as three honorary degrees, including one from the University of Alberta.
Stollery is a 1996 recipient of the University of Alberta Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award.