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2015 BCI Hall of Excellence
2015 BCI Hall of Excellence
Posted on 11/02/2015

Dr. Michael Dempster and Wayne Blackwell to be Inducted into Brockville Collegiate Institute
Hall of Excellence

Dr. Michael Dempster

Wayne Blackwell

By Mark Calder

(Brockville) – A mathematician who lectures at one of the world’s most prestigious universities and a desk clerk who rose to become an executive at an international cable company are the 2015 inductees into the Brockville Collegiate Institute (BCI) Hall of Excellence.

Dr. Michael Dempster, professor emeritus with the Centre for Financial Research at the University of Cambridge, and Wayne Blackwell, a retired president of the International Division of BICC/Phillips will be recognized during this year’s awards ceremony November 14 at the high school auditorium. The event begins at 2:00 p.m.

“It will be an honour to recognize Dr. Dempster and Mr. Blackwell,” said BCI Principal Bill Loshaw. “Through their many accomplishments, these two men epitomize the value of a BCI education and where it can take you in life.”

Dr. Dempster attended Brockville Collegiate Institute from 1951 to 1956. During his years at BCI he was a member of the curling club and cadets. He was also heavily involved with the drama club. After graduating, he pursued his studies at the University of Toronto and then studied at the Carnegie Institute of Technology where he earned both his masters and his doctorate.

Since completing his doctorate, Dr. Dempster has had a stellar career, which has included assisting in the development of risk management software used by financial institutions, and teaching and conducting research at many of the world’s finest universities including: Oxford University, Princeton University, and Stanford University. His primary interests have been mathematical and computational finance and economics, optimization and non-linear analysis, stochastic systems, algorithm analysis and software applications.

As well as founding the Centre for Financial Research at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Dempster is the author of over one hundred published research articles and reports and is author, editor or translator of fourteen books. He has also been a member of eighteen professional societies worldwide including the London Mathematics Society, the American Mathematics Society and the Canadian Mathematics society.

Blackwell joined Phillips Cables in 1965 as a desk clerk in Freeport, Bahamas where he served for two years before transferring back to the Brockville plant. This was to be the start of a long and distinguished thirty-five year career with Phillips/BICC that brought him to five provinces and two American states with the company, finishing as president of the international division. Blackwell retired to Brockville in 1999. He also served as a director of Phillips-Fitel Inc. and as a member of the Canada-China Business Council.

He attended BCI from 1958 to 1963. During this time he was a member of the BCI basketball team, played minor league hockey and used his musical talents at various music festivals.

In 1988 he was awarded a Diploma in Management Training (MTC) from the University of Western Ontario and in 1992 he earned his Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) from Concordia University.

Since retiring to Brockville, he has been a board member with Loaves and Fishes, Sherwood Park Manor and Brockville General Hospital. Most recently, Blackwell served as Chair of the Coalition for Responsible Urban Zoning.

Winners of the school’s Faculty Awards will also be recognized during the ceremony.

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