Filip Papich, BEng’83, fondly recalls his days as a McGill student. It is when he met his wife, Carol, BEng’86, and developed many great friendships. “McGill gave me a wonderful experience, as much socially as academically,” he says. “It is a place where you don’t just fill your brains with knowledge. You learn and grow as a human being.”
Thirty years after graduation, Papich, now a managing director with Bank of Montreal, is one of the “ringleaders” behind the Engineering Class of 1983’s reunion class gift. He and his former classmates dug deep to raise money to support scholarships, academic advising and the Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering program, which provides students with an opportunity to conduct research and earn more about the graduate school experience.
For their efforts, the group received the 2012 D. Lorne Gales Award, presented by the McGill Alumni Association to a class that has maintained close ties to the University through newsletters, class correspondence and reunions.
“It feels good to give back,” Papich says. “Universities are getting the short end of the stick with government cutbacks, and we want to do anything we can do to help younger people who might otherwise not be able to attend.”
In addition to giving from his wallet, Papich has also made plenty of space for McGill in his agenda, serving on Engineering’s Faculty Advisory Board for several years now.
“I think it is important for McGill to have first-hand access to industry people who care about the institution,” he says. “We can help the Faculty achieve its goals, adding value to the process.”