Thursday, June 21, 2007
Fishing CEO shares net wealth
Dismissing religion, politics and business as channels for environmental truth, Mr. Wright decided to give some of his "extra dollars in a jam jar" to the University of Victoria, which has produced many graduates that work at his company.
Of the donation, which is the largest cash gift the university has ever received, $10-million will go toward the new Oceans, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences building, with the remaining $1-million for student scholarships.
Wright left school after Grade 10 because he was more interested in fishing than math. He moved to Victoria in 1951, and in 1962 started the Oak Bay Marine group, which 40 years later is one of the biggest sport-fishing companies in North America.
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