UBCO atrium named for professor

Light-filled atrium in the UBCO Engineering, Management and Education building has been dedicated to the memory of Richard Hallisey.

An expansive, light-filled atrium in the University of B.C. Okanagan’s new Engineering, Management and Education building has been dedicated to the memory of Richard Hallisey.

Hallisey, who died in 2011, was a UBC-educated professional engineer who enjoyed a successful career in engineering and as a business leader.

Born in Lytton, he moved to Kelowna at the age of 15.

He graduated from UBC in 1963 with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in civil and geological engineering.

After working in the oil fields of Alberta, Hallisey completed a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1968.

He then launched his career in Canada’s financial capital on Toronto’s Bay Street, starting with Pitfield McKay Ross as an oil and gas analyst.

In 1978, he co-founded First Marathon Securities Limited, where his passion for mining and the impact it had on communities around the world allowed him to develop global mining projects and financing structures that touched the lives of thousands in Canada and abroad.

“Richard was extremely dedicated to engineering at UBC, and wore his UBC ring with great pride,” said Pamela Hallisey, who unveiled the plaque formally dedicating the atrium in her late husband’s name during a ceremony on Friday morning.

The Richard S. Hallisey Atrium is a mezzanine-level space connecting the building’s north and south towers.

The Hallisey family made a private donation to the Okanagan campus’ Start an Evolution campaign, which aims to raise $100 million for student scholarships and bursaries, new facilities and research programs, and to double the number of alumni involved annually in the life of the university by 2015.