After a lifetime of volunteering and donating to charitable causes, the late Robert ‘Bobʼ Steane gave one last transformational gift through his estate to improve the lives of his neighbours and community.
Bob’s gift in excess of $10 million will promote the arts, address homelessness, accelerate trauma care, advance mental health and medical imaging and support end-of-life hospice care.
Bob believed in the power of philanthropy and giving back whenever he could.
In this season of giving, Be a Bob. Make a donation, volunteer or consider including a charity in your estate plans.
There wasn’t much that Bob couldn’t do and it was his determination and curiosity that allowed him to develop an impressive array of talents. His parents and family immigrated to Canada in 1953, initially living in a small mining community near Salmo BC and then moving to Vancouver. He attended BCIT and then completed a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering with High Scholastic Honours at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.
Bob loved every minute of his mining career. He worked in Papua New Guinea, Namibia, and Australia before being enticed to a start-up operation at the Key Lake mine site in Northern Saskatchewan in 1983. This was the beginning of a life-long career of 34 years with Cameco.
Bob was a lifelong volunteer and donor to charities across Saskatoon. He served on the board of the Royal University Hospital Foundation (RUHF) and generously donated to RUHF, St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon Community Foundation, Persephone Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, and other organizations too numerous to mention. Bob also devoted his time by volunteering at the Lighthouse, the Friendship Inn and participating in United Way Saskatoon's campaigns and Journey Home initiative.
Thank you, Bob and family, for everything you’ve done to make Saskatoon a better place – today and tomorrow.