Paul McLellan BAdmin’81, MBA’09 - Dr. Robert & Norma Ferguson Award for Service to the University

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Paul McLellan not only graduated from the University of Regina, but also champions his alma mater every opportunity he gets.

A self-described life-long learner—he received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the U of R in 1981, trained at SIAST (now Saskatchewan Polytechnic) to become a journey person electrician in 1982, and returned to U of R to receive his Executive MBA in 2009—and passionate ambassador for the University of Regina, Paul served on University’s Board of Governors from 2008-2015. He served as Chair from 2011 to 2013.

His tenure on the Board included the launch of the College Avenue Campus Renewal Project, saying that “much of what we learn is back on what has gone on before, so renewing the historic campus is the best of both worlds.” During his time on the Board, the University also experienced record-breaking undergraduate student enrolment and pursued the implementation of initiatives to increase opportunities for Indigenous students.

As Chair, he led the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission through a period of renewal that significantly increased the number of Indigenous students in Trades. During Paul’s final year as Board Chair, the University began developing a new strategic plan that placed a priority on achieving higher levels of Indigenous student participation and building awareness of Indigenous culture across the University. “Titled peyak aski kikawinaw – in Cree, Together We Are Stronger- the plan demonstrates the importance of Indigenization and the University’s commitment to fulfilling the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s calls to action.”

Paul, CEO of Alliance Energy, one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies is a member of the Saskatchewan Construction Hall of Fame, now brings his vast experience and business acumen to his service on the University’s Past President’s Advisory Circle and as a member on the Paul J. Hill School of Business Leader’s Council, continuing to leave his mark on our campus.

Paul shares a personal connection to Dr. Robert Ferguson, one half of the duo for whom this award is named: “I knew Bob 25 years ago, and really respected him, so that makes this very special. It’s also humbling to receive an award from a place that gave me so much.”

For Paul's biography, watch for the Fall/Winter issue of Degrees Magazine