Brandt Louie is president of H.Y. Louie Company, Limited, and chairman and chief executive officer of London Drugs, Limited. The H.Y. Louie Company was founded by Brandt’s grandfather, Hok Yat Louie, a Chinese immigrant who opened a grocery store in Vancouver’s Chinatown at the turn of the century. After H.Y. Louie’s death, his sons built the grocery store into a thriving chain of IGA grocery stores and London Drug stores.
Brandt is also the director of the Royal Bank of Canada and the Food Marketing Institute and governor of the Vancouver Board of Trade/World Trade Centre, the World Economic Forum-Food and Beverage Industry, and the British Columbia Business Council.
Brandt serves as chancellor of Simon Fraser University. He is also director of the Historical Foundation of Canada and a national trustee of the Neuroscience Canada Foundation. He is the recipient of awards including Entrepreneur of the Year, the Golden Heart Community Achievement Award, the Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of British Columbia.
Brandt and his wife, Belinda, have supported Duke University and Duke Medicine through philanthropy and volunteer service. Belinda is a former member of the Trinity College Board of Visitors and Brandt is former chair and current member of the Duke Heart Center Advisory Board. London Drugs hosted the Duke Vancouver forum on health care from 1999 to 2004.
Brandt graduated from the University of British Columbia. He and Belinda live in Vancouver and have two sons, Stuart, T’00, L’03; and Gregory, MD’03.