ChemE alumnus William “Bill” Troost (6T7) was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Distinction at a ceremony held at U of T’s Hart House on Nov 5, 2014 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and his community.
The Hall of Distinction is an assembly of extraordinary alumni, selected for membership by their peers for their lifelong accomplishments. These are graduates whose performances have ultimately defined what is most exemplary in our alumni and in our profession.
Bill is the founder and president of Peel Plastics Limited, a leader in the flexible packaging market. He started the company as a two-person operation not long after completing his MBA in 1978 and has since grown it into an industry leader that employs over 300 people and has impressive international reach. Peel Plastics is an important regional employer and contributor to Canada’s manufacturing exports.
In addition to leading his company to international success, Bill has been a dedicated supporter of U of T Engineering students and the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry. He has served on the Department’s Board of Advisors since 2004 and has played a major role in championing innovative new programming in engineering leadership education at U of T, specifically Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT). He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (Troost ILead).
Bill and his wife Kathleen have generously donated to various engineering Faculty initiatives over the years, including a recent gift to support the construction of the Myhal Centre for Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the dynamic future hub for the Faculty’s research and education.
The careers of the members of the Hall of Distinction serve as inspiring examples to successive generations of Engineering students. Located in the Sandford Fleming Building, the Hall is a familiar daily presence in the lives of students and is often visited by alumni and their families.