Gordon F. MacFarlane, BASc’50, LLD’91

Gordon MacFarlaneGordon served during WWII as a pilot. Following the war, he attended UBC and graduated in electrical engineering. He joined BCTEL, now TELUS, in 1950. In 1976, he became president of Automatic Electric in Brockville, ON, returning to BCTEL in 1977 as chairman and CEO – positions he filled until his retirement as CEO in 1990 and from the Board of Directors in 1997.

One of Gordon’s professional legacies was starting MPR (Microtel Pacific Research), which became an important research hub for developing electrical engineers and high tech CEO’s in Western Canada.

Gordon served our community twice as chairman of the United Way of the Lower Mainland. He also served on the Premier’s Economic Advisory Council of BC, the Business Council on National Issues, and on the boards of UBC, Simon Fraser, BCIT, the Bank of Nova Scotia, BC Gas, Air Canada, and Fletcher Challenge.

He received the McNaughton Gold Medal Award in 1982 and the Professional Engineers of BC’s R. A. McLachlan Award in 1991, the same year he was appointed to the Order of British Columbia.