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My Giving Story: Saud Adi

Named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in May 2019, Saud Adi ’13 is building the future and giving back to support a new generation of ambitious engineers.

When he was still a student, Saud Ali and his brother launched Adi Development Group in 2007. Beginning with the purchase of one property around the corner from their house, they now oversee an enterprise that invests millions in luxury buildings throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

After studying construction engineering at George Brown College, Adi earned his Bachelor of Technology from McMaster in 2013. He credits his education at Mac while an honours student with helping him on a day-to-day basis — hiring, managing and communicating with the dozens of engineers he now employs and consults with.

Adi is paying it forward by funding the Adi Development Group Bachelor of Technology Scholarship. “I want to allow students to focus fully on school and alleviate the stress they can feel if they have to worry about making money while they are also trying to study.”

Adi, who serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board, says he and his company also benefit from maintaining a relationship with the Faculty of Engineering. “I want to understand who are the best and brightest, so we can possibly bring them to work at Adi.”

“We are very proud of Saud’s achievements and greatly value his input on the Dean’s Advisory Board,” says Ishwar Puri, dean of the Faculty of Engineering. “His willingness to give back to McMaster at such an early stage of his career is an excellent example for our students.”

For those students with dreams of their own big success, Adi urges patience and persistence. “Success doesn’t come overnight,” he says. “You have to enjoy the process. The process of getting to success is the fun part.”