On November 16, 2017, the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation (the “Foundation”), in conjunction with Seaspan, announced a $1 million investment to the University of Victoria (UVic) to support innovative teaching and research for cleaner and more environmentally friendly transportation solutions.
As a result of the grant, additional government and industry funding will be secured to support future research activities focusing on advanced hybrid electric propulsion technologies that enable cleaner, lower cost fuel alternatives. The research team led by mechanical engineer Dr. Zuomin Dong will advance solutions for heavy-duty marine, mining and transportation sectors working to meet their greenhouse gas targets and climate change mitigation goals.
This donation has been given as part of Seapan’s Industrial and Regional Benefits Policy obligations associated with the Joint Support Ship (JSS) program under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS).
“Innovation and cutting-edge technology are critical components for the continued growth of the shipbuilding and marine transportation industries on the West Coast,” said Brian Carter, President and Chief Executive Officer – Seaspan Shipyards. “We are excited to partner with the University of Victoria in developing the next generation of engineers and researchers who will play leading roles in implementing green transportation solutions.”
“The National Shipbuilding Strategy is playing a vital role in developing our marine industry’s biggest strength—its people,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. “These investments in university research will contribute to Canada’s goal of becoming a true global leader in clean technology, creating good jobs for Canadians and helping to meet our climate change goals, while also helping to train the next generation of knowledge workers and innovators for the marine industry.”
The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation’s charitable donations are among the organization’s largest direct donations of their kind in Canada. On June 23, 2016, Seaspan, in conjunction with the Foundation, announced a multi-year donation of $900K for three institutional trades training programs in Canada – the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Camosun College and the Canadian Welding Association. Since its inception, the Foundation and the Washington Family’s personal contributions to charitable causes total more than $270 million to hundreds of organizations that focus on education, health and human services, arts and culture, and community service.