Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

The School of Accounting and Finance created the Lifetime Achievement Award to commemorate the 10th anniversary of presenting the SAF Alumni Awards.  This award honours an exceptional alumnus, who has distinguished themselves over a significant period of time through their professional experiences, community involvement and consistent support of the School of Accounting and Finance and the University of Waterloo.

Michael F. Garvey, BA '69, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, Retired PwC Partner

Mike GarveyAfter graduating in 1969 from the University of Waterloo, Mike joined Price Waterhouse in Toronto.  In July 2006, he retired as an Audit Partner.  From 1976 to 1978, he was assigned to the International Firm’s Continuing Education Task Force, based in London, England.  Commencing in 1984, he chaired the Canadian Firm’s National Continuing Education Committee until 1990.  From 1995 to 2005, he developed and managed the Firm’s practice in Cuba. 


Throughout his career, he volunteered his time to a number of organizations, including chairing the Boards of The Donwood Institute, the University of Waterloo, The Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences, the Friends of Ontario Universities and Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Repository Services.  He has chaired many audit committees since 1983, including three public companies during the past ten years.

Mike obtained his ICD.D designation in 2007.   He serves as Executive Chairman and CEO of Kelvin Thermal Energy Inc. and is a Consulting Partner with Ortus Strategies (formerly FGI Europe AG)