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Convocation date: May 20, 1965
Discipline / contribution: business and industry - oil and gas industry
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor, on behalf of the University Council and Senate, I present to you Mr. Charles C. Hay, BSc.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Mr. Hay is a professional engineer and notable industrialist. He was born in Kingston, Ontario, in 1902 and early in his life came to Saskatchewan with his parents and was educated in Saskatoon both at the high school and at the university level. He graduated at our University with a degree of Bachelor of Arts and Science in Civil Engineering in 1925. Mr. Hay married in 1928 and has two sons and a daughter. Following his father’s active interest in athletics in his own youth, his son Bill Hay is a star of the Chicago Black Hawks.
Shortly after his graduation, together with three partners, he started a small Regina company which operated a 200-barrel-a-day plant which was known as Highway Refineries Limited. This marked his start of a meteoric career in the oil industry. Highway Refineries flourished exceedingly, in 1954 it was acquired by the Royalite
Corporation and such was his excellence as a manager that by 1958 Mr. Hay had become President of Royalite. In addition to this he was President of the Royalite subsidiaries, the Saskatoon Pipeline Company, The Mid-Saskatchewan Pipeline Company, Madison Gas Company and also the Bituminous Oil Pipeline.
In 1963 Charlie Hay was elected chairman of the Canadian Petroleum Association, which is a watch-dog of the industry and represents the exploration, production and transportation segments. When he had completed his term as chairman of C.P.A. he was made an honorary life member.
Mr. Hay’s career shows the value of an engineering education as a training for adaptation to what the world offers. The modern engineer is unlikely, five years after graduation, to be practising the narrow professional aspect of the subject which he learned at university. To attain the highest points in the profession it is the qualities of adaptability and energy, which Mr. Hay so obviously possesses, which lead to the top.
Eminent Chancellor, I present to you Mr. Charles C. Hay and ask that you will confer on him the Degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa.
Degree presented by: A.D. Booth, Dean of Engineering
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