Hallisey Atrium dedicated to business leader

A light-filled atrium in UBC Okanagan’s Engineering, Management and Education building has been dedicated to the memory of Richard Hallisey.

An expansive, light-filled atrium in UBC Okanagan’s new Engineering, Management and Education building has been dedicated to the memory of Richard Hallisey.

Hallisey, who passed away in 2011, was a UBC-educated professional engineer who enjoyed a successful career in engineering and as a business leader.

Born in Lytton, he moved to Kelowna at the age of 15. He graduated from UBC in 1963 with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in civil and geological engineering.

After working in the oil fields of Alberta, Hallisey completed a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1968.

He then launched his career in Canada’s financial capital on Toronto’s Bay Street, starting with Pitfield McKay Ross as an oil and gas analyst.

In 1978, he co-founded First Marathon Securities Limited, where his passion for mining and the impact it had on communities around the world allowed him to develop global mining projects and financing structures that touched the lives of thousands in Canada and abroad.

“Richard was extremely dedicated to engineering at UBC, and wore his UBC ring with great pride,” said Pamela Hallisey, who unveiled the plaque formally dedicating the atrium in her late husband’s name during a ceremony on Friday morning.

The Richard S. Hallisey Atrium is a mezzanine-level space connecting the building’s north and south towers.

The Hallisey family made a private donation to the Okanagan campus’s Start an Evolution campaign, which aims to raise $100 million for student scholarships and bursaries, new facilities and research programs, and to double the number of alumni involved annually in the life of the university by 2015.

“It is particularly fitting that Richard’s academic preparation for success in life blended engineering and business education,” said Spiro Yannacopoulos, director of the UBCO School of Engineering and acting Dean of the Faculty of Management.

“This building is home to Engineering in the south tower and Management in the north tower—as well as the Faculty of Education and College of Graduate Studies, and we are very grateful to the family for their support.”

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