Thomas A. Buell ’51

Born in Toronto, Ontario in 1931, Thomas was a highly respected businessman and environmentalist.  In business, he was the Chairman and CEO of Weldwood of Canada and was appointed to the boards of many of Canada’s best known corporations, notably LaFarge Canada Ltd., Placer Dome Inc., Seaboard Lumber Co. Inc., B.C. Gas Inc., Bank of B.C., Timber West Ltd., Swiss Bank and Champion International.  An environmentalist, Tom developed a progressive approach in forestry industries, integrating resource management with public participation.  He was the Chairman of the Canadian Forestry Industries Council and of Wildlife Habitat Canada.  As an environmentalist and a public servant, Tom was a director of the Pacific Salmon Foundation and of the Vancouver Foundation. Simon Fraser University established the Tom Buell B.C. Leadership Chair in Salmon Conservation.  He was also a member of the Premier’s Economic Council in British Columbia.  Tom passed away on November 21, 2003