ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND--(CCNMatthews - May 1, 2006) - Fortis (TSX:FTS)
"In recognition of the contribution Dr. Angus Bruneau has made to Fortis, I am pleased to announce that Fortis has pledged a $100,000 donation to Memorial University of Newfoundland in his honour," says Stan Marshall, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fortis Inc.
Dr. Bruneau retires tomorrow as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fortis Inc. at the Corporation's Annual Meeting being held in St. John's, NL. He has served as Chairman of Fortis for the past 18 years. Dr. Bruneau also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Newfoundland Power from 1986 until 1990, at which time he became Chairman of the Board of Newfoundland Power. From 1987 to 1996, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Fortis. Dr. Bruneau also served as a Director on the Boards of Maritime Electric and Fortis Properties.
"It was the vision of Dr. Bruneau that saw Fortis grow from one utility, Newfoundland Power, to the international company we've become today. We've seen tremendous change both in our company and in our industry over the past 20 years. One thing that never changed, however, was Dr. Bruneau's unwavering commitment to the success of Fortis," says Marshall.
Marshall adds that the $100,000 donation will be directed towards a complete remodelling of the main lecture theatre in the Engineering building at Memorial University. Dr. Bruneau was the founding Dean of Engineering at Memorial University.
"Dr. Bruneau came to Memorial in 1968 and developed our cooperative engineering degree program, a work-study innovation that has made our engineering programs among the best in Canada," says Dr. Axel Meisen, President of Memorial University. "This honour bestowed by Fortis will recognize Dr. Bruneau's legacy at Memorial and in our community in a very tangible way for many years to come. The donation will help to revitalize the 215-seat lecture theatre in the Engineering Building, which is at the centre of the faculty, with new seating, lighting and state-of-the-art teaching technology. These generous improvements will particularly benefit the teaching of larger undergraduate classes, public lectures like the Speaking of Engineering series, and university and community events."
In recognition of the Fortis donation and Dr. Bruneau's service to Memorial University, particularly to the Faculty of Engineering, the lecture theatre will be named the Angus Bruneau Engineering Lecture Theatre.
Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS) is a diversified, international electric utility holding company with assets exceeding $4.3 billion and annual revenues of more than $1.4 billion. The Corporation has holdings in 7 regulated distribution utilities located in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Belize and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Fortis Inc. has non-regulated generation operations in Newfoundland, Ontario, British Columbia, Upper New York State and Belize. The Corporation has investments in real estate and hotel operations through Fortis Properties Corporation, its wholly owned non-utility subsidiary.
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