Sponsored by the CIC, the Montréal Medal/Médaille de Montréal is presented as a mark of distinction and honour to a resident of Canada for an outstanding contribution to the profession of chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada.
The 2018 winner of the Montréal Medal/Médaille de Montréal is:
Robert B. Magee
The Woodbridge Group
Robert B. Magee is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and the University of Waterloo with a BASc in chemical engineering. He worked at Monsanto Canada Ltd. as a process engineer and transferred to Woodbridge Foam Corporation through an acquisition, and was the company’s first co-op student. After several years each in Process, Production and Technology Management, Magee was appointed vice-president of the Moulded Foam Division in 1988. He was president and CEO of The Woodbridge Group from 1999 to 2014. He remains as chairman of The Woodbridge Group.
The Woodbridge Group is a proudly Canadian owned multinational manufacturing company with 61 facilities in 17 countries.
Outside of work Magee has demonstrated a passion for the enhancement of technical education in Canada. Volunteering on countless committees and councils, he reinforces the value of Innovation, Technology, Co-op programs and partnerships between business and education.
He was a founding director of the Yves Landry Technological Education Foundation and is currently a director of Exco Technologies Limited, The WB Family Foundation and is vice chair of Canada's Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster.
Magee is presently a member of the University of Waterloo’s Dean of Engineering’s Advisory Council and Canada's Automotive Partnership Council.
In 2004 Magree received the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering Alumni Achievement Medal, and in 2009 the McMaster University Faculty of Engineering Leadership Award. He was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Waterloo and was most recently named a Canadian Engineering Fellow.
He resides in Caledon, Ontario with his wife Cheryl. He has three children and two grandchildren.