Dr. Brandt Louie is one of Canada’s most respected entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Under his stewardship, London Drugs has become one of Canada’s most trusted retail brands, and a leading contributor to environmental and social causes.
Dr. Louie practiced as a chartered accountant until joining the family business in 1972. Since then, he has applied his acute financial mind and entrepreneurial energy to growing H.Y. Louie Group on a foundation of respect, hard work and community service. He was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of London Drugs in 1998 and again in 2014.
A visionary business leader, Dr. Louie advises North America’s most prominent corporations and public institutions. He serves in organizations such as the Vancouver Board of Trade/World Trade Centre, and the B.C. Business Council, the Historical Foundation of Canada, the Food Marketing Institute, and the Gairdner Foundation, The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Chair of the Board of Directors — Grosvenor Americas, member of the Board of Visitors — Duke University Medical Center and the Dean’s Council, John F. Kennedy School of Government. As of 2013, he is a member of the Canadian Judicial Council, Chairman’s Advisory Group, and is an advisor for the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution.
For his business and philanthropic leadership, Dr. Louie has been honoured with several awards, including: Entrepreneur of the Year, the Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II, the Simon Fraser University Business Impact Award, the C.H.I.L.D (Children with Intestinal and Liver Disorders) Foundation’s Great Canadian Achievement Award, the Golden Pencil Award, and the Cornucopia Lifetime Achievement Award CCGD.
Dr. Louie is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. In 2005, he was conferred with an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree by Simon Fraser University. He served as Chancellor of that institution for six years. In 2009, Dr. Louie was awarded the Order of British Columbia and in 2011 he received the Rix Award for Engaged Community Citizenship for his ongoing community involvement. In 2012, he was made a Companion to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame along with Tong Louie, who was inducted posthumously. In 2013 he received The Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal; The Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, 2013 and The T. Patrick Boyle Founders Award 2013, of the Fraser Institute.