Brandt Louie

Canadian businessman and philanthropist Brandt Louie received the Order of British Columbia in 2009 (courtesy Order of British Columbia).

Brandt Louie is president of H.Y. Louie Company, Ltd, and chairman and chief executive officer of London Drugs, Ltd.

The H.Y. Louie Company grew from a humble store founded by Brandt’s grandfather, Hok Yat Louie. H.Y. Brandt settled in Vancouver in 1896, after paying the $50 head tax required from immigrant Chinese, and opened a grocery store in 1903 in Vancouver’s Chinatown. The modest grocery store grew under the direction of Hok Yat Louie’s sons, Tim and Tong (Brandt’s father), and they established a chain of IGA grocery and London Drug stores.

In 1966, Brandt Louie earned a bachelor of commerce from the University of British Columbia and became a chartered accountant. He joined the family business in 1972. His apprenticeship included everything from meat cutting to stocking shelves and after 15 years Louie replaced his father as president. Today, the H.Y. Louie Company is British Columbia's second largest business in addition to more than 70 London Drugs stores, it also owns London Air Services, a jet charter business, and produces a variety of home, health and electronic products.

Brandt Louie’s Philanthropy and Awards

Louie has made generous contributions of time and money to many causes. He heads the London Drugs' charity committee and oversees the company’s contributions: a few of the beneficiaries of his philanthropic contributions include Simon Fraser University endowments, scholarships and many university projects, the Vancouver Symphony Society, the University Hospital Society and many more. He is a national trustee of the Neuroscience Canada Foundation and has co-chaired the Variety Club’s Cash for Kids program for more than 15 years.

In 2005, he received an honorary doctor of laws from Simon Fraser University and began his first of two terms as chancellor of the university. Louie has received a lifetime achievement award from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, along with numerous other awards from business and community service groups. In 2010, Canadian Business magazine, in its year-end annual ranking, listed Brandt Louie as Canada's 35th richest person, with an estimated fortune of $1.57 billion. Louie has said his aim is to be "nondescript," though the adjective does not describe his steely intensity. His modesty mirrors his grandfather’s advice:

"When pursuing prosperity you must follow the laws of Heaven. Don't be afraid to be kind and charitable." ~ Hok Yat Louie, 30 March 1934.

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