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July 22,2015

Wayne Chiu named Member of The Order of Canada

Pepper Rodriguez

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The person who said “good guys finish last” clearly has not met Wayne Chiu, the founder and CEO of Trico Homes and Chairman of the Trico Charitable Foundation, as this mild-mannered home builder was recently appointed Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada.

Wayne Suk Wing Chiu, C.M., was cited “for his contributions as a corporate leader and as a champion of innovation and social entrepreneurship in western Canada,” according to a statement from the Governor General of Canada.

This year’s recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 6 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order, yet they all have one thing in common – they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country. 

Known simply as “Wayne” to everyone he knows,  Chiu is a highly respected Canadian business leader and philanthropist. A mechanical engineer, educated in Winnipeg and Hong Kong, he established Trico Homes in 1992. The name of his company stands for values that run deep for Chiu: Trust, Respect, Integrity, Community, and Opportunity (TRICO).

The success of his venture and his own sense of social responsibility created a desire to support the communities that have contributed to his success. In 2008, Wayne and his wife and business partner, Eleanor, founded the Trico Charitable Foundation as a way to combine their passion for social entrepreneurship and social impact. Trico Charitable Foundation is focused on provoking innovation and building capacity in social entrepreneurship, and does so through a number of programs and initiatives, including Enterprising Non-Profits Canada and the Social Enterprise World Forum. It is the Chiu’s vision to grow a community of sustainable and entrepreneurial organizations focused on achieving social change.

In addition to his passion for engendering social change, Wayne Chiu is ardent about supporting lifelong, accessible learning, and has sat on the board of Calgary’s Bow Valley College for the past eight years. In 2014, Wayne put forth $3 million towards that belief in the largest donation ever for the college, which resulted in the institution renaming its School of Business after him.

He has been recognized with numerous awards, including another prestigious Canadian honour, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Other awards of note are the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year Award, the SAIT President’s Partnership Award, the Immigrant of Distinction Award, and the Generosity of Spirit Award.

“Wayne Chiu, is a humble, extraordinary man who continues to bring honour to himself, to his family, and to our company,” says Wanda Palmer, VP Marketing, Trico Homes. “He’s a visionary, and we’re very grateful for this and proud of his enormous contributions to the community.”

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