Ming Wai Lau '97

"Crescent School is important to me because it made me into who I am today."
Ming Wai Lau ’97 came to Canada from Hong Kong to attend Crescent School for Grade 12. He says the experience changed his life forever.

“I arrived in Canada with fairly low marks and only a moderate interest in academics,” says Ming Wai. “I left with an honours average, a fond appreciation of my wonderful teachers, firm friendships and a newfound drive that has followed me throughout my life as a business professional and a father.”

After graduating from Crescent, Ming Wai attended university in London, England. He earned a PhD in Laws from King’s College London. He is now CEO and Chairman of the Board of Chinese Estates Holdings Ltd in Hong Kong.

In 2010, the Lau Family made a tremendously generous $5 million donation to Crescent’s Great Boys campaign. The Lau Family Wing was named in honour of this remarkable gift, creating a welcoming, boy-centric space for Crescent’s Middle School boys.

“Crescent School gave me a wonderful opportunity,” says Ming Wai. “I seized upon it and made the most of it. To my family and me, this gift is a small token of gratitude for all the things Crescent has made possible.”