Good­bye to an old Friend

Ottawa Business Journal - BOMA Magazine - - Boma Year In Review -

BOMA Ottawa lost a pil­lar of its as­so­ci­a­tion, with the pass­ing of Pat Gillin in July of this year at the age of 84. Pat was the found­ing pres­i­dent of the Build­ing Own­ers and Man­agers As­so­ci­a­tion, Ottawa Chap­ter, founded in 1971 with about 12 other mem­bers.

Pat was also past-pres­i­dent of BOMA Canada, past-pres­i­dent of the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa, past-chair of the board of gov­er­nors of Ash­bury Col­lege, past-pres­i­dent of the board of gov­er­nors of the Rideau Club and long­time board mem­ber of the Elis­a­beth Bruyere Hospi­tal as well as sup­port­ing the causes for Guide Dogs for the Blind and fundrais­ing for the Shep­herds of Good Hope.

On the na­tional level, Pat was one of the builders of BOMA Canada, hav­ing not only been in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing BOMA Ottawa, but also BOMA At­lantic (1987) hav­ing worked with sev­eral of the lo­cal in­dus­try mem­bers and pro­vid­ing them with his coun­sel and his sup­port.

He was a grad­u­ate and a long-time sup­porter of the Uni­ver­sity of New Brunswick, an in­sti­tu­tion which he dearly loved. He funded bur­saries for en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents, as­sist­ing over 400 stu­dents fi­nan­cially over the past 35 years. UNB hon­ored him by be­stow­ing an honorary D.Sc. de­gree in 1981. He served many years on the board of gov­er­nors and for the past few years as Gov­er­nor Emer­i­tus.

Af­ter grad­u­a­tion from UNB, he re­turned to Ottawa and started build­ing in­di­vid­ual houses. Later, he de­vel­oped high-rise apart­ment and of­fice build­ings and be­came “the Squire of Lau­rier Av­enue,” hav­ing built or pur­chased ev­ery­thing from the Lord El­gin Ho­tel to O’Con­nor Street. In par­tic­u­lar, he bought the CCA Construction House prop­erty and erected the 24-storey EDC Build­ing on its site.

Pat was a pi­o­neer in construction en­gi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tion and re­search. He funded the first construction en­gi­neer­ing chair in a Cana­dian uni­ver­sity and also es­tab­lished a fund to help UNB stu­dents pay their fees.

Hav­ing formed Gillin En­gi­neer­ing and Construction Ltd. in 1949 the com­pany also counts the Gillin Build­ing and the Sir Guy Car­leton Build­ing, both on Lau­rier Av­enue, the Stan­dard Life Build­ing on Slater Av­enue, Place Lau­rier on Lau­rier Av­enue West and the Com­mon­wealth Build­ing on Met­calfe Street among its ac­com­plish­ments.

Most re­cently Pat was se­lected as the Ottawa Busi­ness Per­son of the Year 2003.

Gone but not for­got­ten. BOMA Ottawa con­tin­ues to rec­og­nize his con­tri­bu­tion by award­ing its high­est achieve­ment, The M. Pa­trick Gillin Award to those that have demon­strated ex­cel­lence in our in­dus­try and ded­i­ca­tion to BOMA Ottawa, some­thing that Mr. Gillin demon­strated his en­tire pro­fes­sional life.

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