Honorary Doctorate of Technology Recipient
Recipients for 2018David Tuccaro
President, CEO, and Founder of Tuccaro Inc.
David Tuccaro is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation in Fort Chipewyan. Raised alongside eight siblings in a two-bedroom house with no running water, he has risen to become the President, CEO, and Founder of Tuccaro Inc., Canada's leading private Indigenous group of companies.
For over 30 years, Tuccaro Inc. has been a leader in providing essential services for oil sands operators. As an Indigenous entrepreneur and supporter of community, education, and Indigenous development, David’s personal commitment and the purpose of Tuccaro Inc. companies is to create opportunities for Indigenous people at every level of education and employment.
David is also the founder of the Northeastern Aboriginal Business Association, which features over 100 member companies with combined revenues of over $1 billion. A member of the National Task Force on Oil Sands Strategies and the National Aboriginal Financing Task Force, David also served as Chair of the Aboriginal Business Canada Market Expansion Group. He has sat on the Board of the Regional Health Authority as well as the Alberta Chamber of Resources. As Board Chair of lndspire, an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people, David is helping to set strategic direction for the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards and deepen the organization’s support of K-12 education and Indigenous teachers across Canada.
In 1998, David was named one of Financial Post Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40.” He received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1999 in the field of Business and Commerce. Venture magazine honoured him in their July/August 2000 issue as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People.
Sue Paish leads LifeLabs’ approximately 5,400 professionally-trained employees who deliver over 100 million laboratory tests and results, serving 19 million patient visits annually.
Prior to joining LifeLabs, Sue led Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd., the largest independently owned and operated banner of community pharmacies in Canada. This followed a successful career practicing law and managing an international law practice. Sue was the managing partner of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP in BC (now Fasken Martineau), where she led the growth of the firm from one office to an international presence with nine offices on three continents.
Sue received a Queen's Counsel designation in 2001 and was awarded the University of British Columbia's Faculty of Law Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. She has also been recognized as one of BC's “Most Influential Women in Business” and was inducted into “Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame.”
Sue is a recognized community and business leader. She currently sits on a number of corporate and community boards including the CORIX group of companies, the Executive Committee of the BC Business Council, and the Faculty Advisory Board for the Sauder School of Business. She formerly chaired the boards for the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Vancouver Board of Trade, the MLA Compensation Task Force, and served on the BC Pharmaceutical Task Force.
Sue’s family and her love of the outdoors are her prime motivators. With husband Brad and three daughters sometimes in tow, Sue can often be found camping, fishing, or hiking the North Shore Mountain trails and many remote areas of BC.
* Above profile is as of date award was presented.
Position titles are listed as they were at the time of nomination.
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