Retiring chairman receives scholarship honour

Head steps down after 23 years of service following company’s annual general meeting

Retiring chairman receives scholarship honour
Chairman of the board at Equitable Life, Douglas Dodds has received an honour as he stepped down from the board after 23 years of service.
Dodds was first elected to the board in 1994. During his tenure, he served on every committee at one time or another, becoming chairman in 2000.
“This has been a very rewarding experience for me,” he said. “Economic environments in general are never stable. To meet the objective of sustainability requires adaptability and resiliency. The company has continually demonstrated both of these qualities and I believe it has charted a course that will create long-term value for policyholders.”
To acknowledge Dodds’ many contributions, Equitable Life’s President and CEO Ronald Beettam announced that, in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University, The Douglas Dodds Equitable Life scholarship has been established. This scholarship will be awarded to students entering the full- or part-time MBA programs at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. Candidates who receive this award will not only have high academic achievements, but will have demonstrated significant involvement in community volunteer work. The first scholarship will be awarded in September, 2016.
“We are grateful to Equitable Life for establishing this scholarship,” said Micheál J. Kelly, Dean, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics. “Recognizing Mr. Dodds’ commitment to community, this scholarship celebrates MBA students who demonstrate significant involvement in community volunteer work. This scholarship will encourage, empower and equip Lazaridis School recipients to inspire lives of leadership and purpose.”