Back in 2018, Flexahopper Plastics stepped forward to support research at ULethbridge to advance research to combat environmental pollution.
Now in 2023, Flexahopper has once again partnered with the University, this time directly supporting students through a $125,000 pledge to the central scholarship fund in support of both merit- and financial-need-based awards.
“Supporting the University of Lethbridge’s scholarship campaign was an easy decision for me,” says ULethbridge alumnus Bill Spenceley (BSc ’81), Flexahopper president and principal owner. “Not only am I a proud ULethbridge alumnus, many of my current staff members were educated at ULethbridge. With this donation, my goal is to help both undergraduate and graduate students with the costs of their post-secondary education and to recognize their achievements.”
Flexahopper Plastics, established in Lethbridge in 1967, is an international plastics processing company serving the aerospace, oil and gas, agricultural and food-processing industries. Spenceley’s longstanding connection to ULethbridge includes giving undergraduate lectures and becoming a donor in 1993. In addition, he was named Alumnus of the Year in 2018 by the University of Lethbridge Alumni Association. Also in 2018, Flexahopper invested in the establishment of a Green Polymer and Technology Centre in conjunction with the University’s Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. The collaboration helped secure a grant from the federal government to establish the University’s polymer characterization laboratory, with the eventual goal of reducing plastic waste and reliance on fossil fuels.
The University has recognized Flexahopper’s contributions with permanent signage at the entrance to a chemistry lab (SA7102) in Science Commons.