Honorary Degrees

N.B.: The detail displayed about each honorary degree recipient varies, as the database was compiled from a variety of sources. However, more information may be available at the University Archives.


Honorary Degree Recipient, John Stoik, September, 1984 (Photograph Collection, A-7973)
Name: John Lentis Stoik, B.E., LL.D.
Convocation date: September 28, 1984
Special Convocation: 75th Anniversary Special Convocation
Discipline / contribution: engineering ; business and industry
Citation / biographical information:
Mr. Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present to you John Lentis Stoik.
Mr. John Lentis Stoik is an outstanding engineer, administrator and industrialist. As well, in spite of a very busy career in engineering, he has made his time freely available to the needy and to the arts.
Mr. Stoik has born in North Battleford, where he completed his high school education. He entered the College of Engineering in 1937, but left at the beginning of the war to serve with the RCAF. He resumed his education after the war and graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1947.
After graduation Mr. Stoik joined what is now Gulf Canada Ltd. as an assistant chemist at the Moose Jaw refinery. After occupying positions of increasing responsibility in the refining department, he was named General Manager of Refining in 1965, and Vice-President of Refining in 1968. In 1971, Mr. Stoik was transferred to Seoul, South Korea, where he served three years as Executive Vice-president and Chief Executive Officer of the Korea Oil Corporation. Mr. Stoik returned to Gulf Canada Ltd. in 1974 and was named Senior Vice-president. In 1976 he was elected President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director, and in 1979 he was named Chief Executive Officer.
Mr. Stoik is a director of the Toronto Symphony and a member of its finance committee. He is also a governor of Junior Achievement Canada and of the Olympic Trust of Canada. As well, he is a director of the Toronto-Dominion Bank and the Canadian Executive Service Overseas. He is also a member of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) on Energy and Raw Materials to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
During the past few years Mr. Stoik has had major involvements in fund raising for the Canadian Opera Company, Le Centre Academique Fournier (School for Handicapped Children in Quebec), St. Johns School (of Ontario), the Canadian Council of Christian and Jews, the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and the Coady International Institute. He was also active in the University of Saskatchewan National Expansion Excellence Fund in 1969 as Corporations Chairman in Toronto. He also shares much of the credit for the success of the College of Engineering Equipment Fund Campaign through his personal support and corporate leadership.
He is a member of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the American Petroleum Institute, the Toronto, Granite, Canadian, Engineers' and the St. George's Golf and Country clubs, all of Toronto, the Rideau Club of Ottawa, and the Masonic Lodge. In September, 1980, he received an honourary LL.D. degree from St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Mr. Stoik is also an accomplished violinist.
Mr. Chancellor, I present to you John Lentis Stoik and ask that you confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: Peter Nikiforuk, Dean of Engineering

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