President's Story

President Ir Ringo Yu

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Ir Ringo Yu has been dedicated to engineering, advancing the profession and serving the community since he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics from McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 1982. A former student at St. Joseph’s College in Hong Kong, Ir Yu returned to the city after graduating, and commenced his career working in engineering and contracting consultation.

 

Business acumen

In 1995, Ir Yu set up his own wholly-owned company, Fraser Construction Co Ltd which specialises in slope, foundation and general building works. Within a few years, Fraser had grown from being a small sub-contractor to being a government listed specialist contractor, and today is a main contractor with a sizable market share of slope stabilisation works in Hong Kong. 

 

A history of service to the engineering profession

Despite the heavy engagements of growing his business, Ir Yu, has always found time to contribute to the engineering profession through voluntary public service. Ir Yu has a stellar record of service to the HKIE. He was the Senior Vice President and then now is serving as the HKIE’s President for Session 2018/2019 and prior to that he was the Vice President during Sessions 2016/2017 and 2017/2018. He also chaired the Institution’s Geotechnical Division in Session 2010/2011 and served as a Structural Examination Assessor for two Sessions between 2011 and 2013.

 

Contributing to the construction industry

Ir Yu is also involved with dedication in the construction industry. He is currently a member of the Construction Industry Council, and Chairman of the Civil Engineering Committee of Hong Kong Construction Association. He is also a keen supporter of green construction and was a Board Director of Hong Kong Green Building Council from 2014 to 2015.

 

His chairmanship extends to care about construction workers by chairing the Senior Worker Assessment / Specified Training Course Committee of the Construction Workers Registration Board of the Construction Industry Council from 2013 through 2017.

 

Nurturing the Younger Generation

Ir Yu cares deeply about the future of the engineering profession and the development of the younger generation.  He eagerly shares his experience with youngsters and also emphasises the need for good communication and interpersonal skills to grow as young engineers. From 2016 to 2017, Ir Yu was an advisor to the HKIE-Student Chapters of The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Baptist University, City University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education covering around 7,000 students.

 

Financial Contribution to Society

Ir Yu has also dedicated himself to supporting different non-profit organisations, and sponsoring or donating money to groups working to benefit the Hong Kong community.  These include the Construction Workers Charity Fund, research work of university, St. Joseph’s College (Secondary School), the Hong Kong Construction Association, and the HKIE.

 

Public Recognition

It is fitting that Ir Yu has been recognised for his achievements and contributions to society. He has received awards from different organisations including the Third Leadership Bauhinia Volunteer Award 2016 from the Agency for Voluntary Service, and the Grand Leadership Award from the HKIE Professional Volunteers Service Accreditation Programme for four times.

 

Above par

Despite his many commitments, Ir Yu, has found time to develop one of his other great passions and joined the HKIE Golf Society. In the last couple of years, he has competed with gusto in The HKIE President's Cup.

 

Dedication to the HKIE

As President of the HKIE, Ir Yu, will continue his deep commitment to the profession and society and, together with his fellow Officers, will push ahead with the key initiatives that have been launched in the Session including providing support to STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, promoting the image of the Institution and engineering, and encouraging the development of new members as well as other new activities.