After many years as a global business leader, Hong Kong-based Accounting alumnus Calvin Choi (BA ’01) developed a passion for disruptive technologies and the impact they have on our society. This week, he acted on that passion with a multi-million dollar fund to create a new postdoctoral program and support existing programs at Waterloo. Choi and the AMTD Foundation designed the fund to develop global talent in Hong Kong, Canada, and the rest of the world.
Designed for postdoctoral fellows from top universities, the $3 million program will offer mentorship from Waterloo leaders in emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, quantum computing and cybersecurity. Fellows will also interact with industry leaders and explore opportunities for commercialization and entrepreneurship.
The AMTD fund also supports Waterloo programs through scholarships that will help prepare students to make scientific discoveries and develop technologies. Inspired by Donna Strickland, Choi invested $200,000 in an undergraduate scholarship for incoming physics students named in Strickland’s honour. He also provided $60,000 in funding toward a graduate scholarship in the name of President Hamdullahpur and his wife Catherine.
“It means so much to us that one of our global alumni is dedicated to supporting the work being done at Waterloo and enabling the future success of our institution,” says President Hamdullahpur.
This article was written by Megan Vander Woude, Office of Advancement and was originally featured in the Daily Bulletin.
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