In March 2017, acclaimed Canadian entrepreneur, oilfield industry leader and dedicated philanthropist, David P. Werklund and his partner, Susan Norman gifted Olds College with $16M, the largest ever personal donation to an Alberta college or technical institution.
This gift resulted in the creation of the Werklund Agriculture Institute (WAI) that will specialize in Smart Agriculture. With a vision to be the world’s premier destination for an integrated agricultural leadership learning experience, the WAI will engage students, researchers and industry in smart and sustainable agriculture and agri-business solutions, leadership and education to contribute to Western Canada’s leadership position as an agriculture and food powerhouse.
In 1994, The City of Calgary established the Calgary Awards to celebrate and recognize outstanding achievements and contributions made by Calgarians. Each year, individuals, corporations, community groups, schools and organizations are nominated in five major award categories, for a total of 16 awards. Mr. Werklund was honoured with the Calgary Award for Community Achievement in Education in September 2016.
In November 2013, the University of Calgary announced that David Werklund made a $25 million donation to name the Werklund School of Education. The donation — the largest single gift to an education faculty in Canadian history - supports new scholarships and research opportunities, better technology and additional resources to improve the techniques in teaching and learning.
The Calgary Business Hall of Fame recognizes the lifetime achievements of southern Alberta’s most distinguished citizens. Its inductees have helped shape our province through their business success, entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic contributions. David Werklund, along with three other prominent businessmen (Clive Beddoe, Bob Brawn, and Jack Gallagher) were inducted into the Calgary Business Hall of Fame in October 2013.
In September 2013, David Werklund was inducted into the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame - a Society created in 1997 to honour the words, deeds and accomplishments of men and women who are characterized as founders, builders and leaders of Canada's petroleum sector. David joined past distinguished honourees, such as J.C. Anderson, Doc Seaman, Charlie Fischer, Ron Southern and Rick George to name a few.
Canadian entrepreneur, oilfield-industry leader, dedicated philanthropist, and in 2012, Mr. Werklund was bestowed with an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, making him a University of Calgary Alumni.
Calgary business icon and Canadian Entrepreneur of the year David Werklund was featured in Business in Calgary Magazine to inspire a new generation of leaders.
In 2010, The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology bestowed Mr. Werklund with an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Technology Degree.
David Werklund was named as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2005 Prairie Region and was ultimately awarded Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2005 for all of Canada.
David Werklund was named Canada's 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year by Financial Post Magazine