Lakehead University Alumni Magazine

Donor Spotlight: Jeff and Scott Llewellyn

Give Students a Bright Future

Published October 21, 2011
Scott and Jeff standing in front of Lake Tambyln (Lakehead U Thunder Bay)
Scott (Dipl Eng Tech’84, BEng’86) and Jeff (HBCom'82) enjoy a sunny afternoon by Lake Tamblyn at Lakehead University’s Thunder Bay campus

Jeff and Scott Llewellyn are stellar examples of where a Lakehead education can take you. Says Jeff, "I've always been a fan of smaller universities and the quality of teaching they provide. Great professors and small class sizes defined my Lakehead experience." Jeff earned his Honours Bachelor of Commerce in 1982 followed by his CA designation in 1985. When he joined MNP (formerly Meyers Norris Penny, LLP) in 1989 he became responsible for much of the development of the firm's tax specialty practice. He has also been significantly involved in its evolution from a modest western Canadian accounting firm into the seventh largest accounting and business advisory services firm in Canada. Jeff is currently the managing director of the firm's corporate finance practice.

Like his brother, Scott found that "Class size is critical. I wouldn't have had nearly the education I had without the small class sizes at Lakehead. Finances also played a role in choosing Lakehead. I was able to live at home and scholarships helped to pay for my education." After graduating from the civil engineering program, Scott worked for Hamilton-area engineering firms before founding S. Llewellyn & Associates Ltd. in 2000, a municipal engineering company whose infrastructure projects generate approximately $1 million in annual revenue.

Opening Doors

The career achievements of the brothers make them staunch Lakehead supporters. Scott created a bursary, which later became a scholarship, to honour his late father's belief in the importance of postsecondary education. Since 2002, many civil engineering students have benefited from the G. Bryce Llewellyn Memorial Scholarship and Scott's direct contributions to the civil engineering department. Scott considers it "important to give, no matter what the amount, because it will make a difference."

Jeff, too, has a long history of philanthropic work with community organizations and says that "Setting up a Lakehead endowment was on my list of things to do for quite some time." Establishing the Jeff Llewellyn Graduate Scholarship in Business in 2010 is another way that Jeff is strengthening the many communities he is connected to personally and professionally. "Sharing your success with people who may not have the resources is an important message that I'd like to get across to alumni," he adds.

Reconnect with Lakehead by contacting The Office of University Advancement at (807) 343-8155 or by e-mail at: and make a true difference to the future of Lakehead University students. We will work with you to create an individual or corporate giving plan that fulfills your vision for the University.

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