Mr. Robert T. Stewart, former Chair of the UBC Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board (FAB), passed away on July 5, 2016.
Originally from Montreal, Mr. Stewart graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1955. He started his lifelong career with Scott Paper Ltd. as a sales representative and worked his way up the company’s ranks, holding various senior roles in marketing before becoming Chairman and CEO in 1988. He held this position until his retirement in 1995.
Through the years, Mr. Stewart was also involved with numerous community organizations such as United Way, the Vancouver Board of Trade, Vancouver Foundation and the Business Council of Canada. He was named Marketing Executive of the Year in 1981, received the Corporate President's Award for outstanding contribution to amateur sports from the Sports Federation of Canada in 1987, and was one of the esteemed recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 1992.
Mr. Stewart’s connection with the UBC Faculty of Commerce started in the 1960s when he lectured as a marketing instructor in the BCom program. He became a member of the FAB in 1989 and held the role of FAB Chair from 1994 to 2008, ushering in the school’s re-branding under the Sauder name. He was instrumental in helping to grow key priorities such as the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre and Executive Education program, contributing to improvements in academic programs, and enhancing the involvement of UBC Sauder alumni. Mr. Stewart was a steadfast and highly involved supporter of UBC Sauder and the wider community of UBC as well.
“Bob will be remembered as a warm and gracious person, a great businessman and an important leader in our community. I feel privileged to have known him,” said Robert Helsley, Dean of UBC Sauder and Grosvenor Professor of Cities, Business Economics and Public Policy.
There will be a gathering held in Mr. Stewart’s honour at the Capilano Golf & Country Club in West Vancouver on July 25.