Dinner to Honour Jack Purvis


The 2016 Algoma University John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner will take place on Thursday, October 20nd at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn and Suites at 6:00pm. This year’s dinner will honour Jack Purvis.

Born in Gore Bay, Ontario, Jack Purvis has spent the breadth of his life on the water.

From an early age, he had a passion for steam engines and the marine environment. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western University.

In 1967, he purchased his first tugboat, Rocket, which he initially used for salvage and diving expeditions. Rocket was later used for the birth of his company, Purvis Marine, which today has grown into the largest and most versatile marine contracting firm on the Great Lakes. Purvis Marine provides towing, salvage, barging, dredging, and marine construction.

Purvis has received many awards and accolades, including the Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Business Achievement Award, Marine Man of the Year, and the Skipper Manzzutti Award for Business Achievement. In 2015, Purvis was inducted into the Great Lakes Marine Hall of Fame.

“Algoma University is pleased to honour Jack Purvis for all of his accomplishments, both personally and professionally. Jack turned a hobby into a very successful marine and transportation business, benefiting and linking our community to the international market. His contributions to the community are numerous and he has generously supported many causes and organizations in an effort to build and strengthen our community,” said Les Dunbar, Chair of the John Rhodes Dinner Committee.

The John R. Rhodes Scholarship was established in 1979 thanks to generous contributions from friends and family of the late John Rhodes. The prestigious scholarship, valued at $3,000, is offered to a local high school graduate who best embodies the integrity, leadership, and commitment to community service demonstrated by Rhodes throughout his life as a broadcaster, community member, and politician. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years providing the recipient maintains a minimum average of 80.0 percent each academic year.
Tickets for the John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner are $150.00 per person and are selling fast.

To purchase tickets, please contact Bev Teller, CFRE, Alumni & Development Officer, at 705-949-2301, Ext. 4125, or by emailing [email protected].


  1. Kinda tells you how many people give back to a valuable institution in this city. The John Rhodes scholarship is a prestigious award that could result in up to 12,000.00 over a four year period. The candidates are some of the brightest young people in this city and they are worthy of such a financial award. It’s the people paying the 150.00 a plate that help make that possible in the name of a great community leader in John Rhodes. That kinda tells you who will be there.

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