Dr. Om Malik was born in the Northwest part of the Indian subcontinent. With the creation of the new country of Pakistan in 1947, and amid religious violence, he moved as a refugee to the newly independent India at the age of 15.Om immigrated to Canada in 1966, upon the suggestion of a friend from Edmonton. He joined the recently established University of Calgary in 1968 and was involved in teaching, research and administration until his formal retirement in 1997.Om has conducted pioneering research on adaptive and artificial-intelligence-based controllers for use in electric power systems. Close to 100 students have successfully completed their degrees under his supervision. He has published more than 350 papers in reputed international journals, and has presented more than 360 papers at conferences. He has one book, seven book chapters, and more than 50 other publications to his credit. His scientific contributions are well known internationally, and his work has led to collaborative research with a number of research groups in several countries.Om is an exemplary and internationally respected engineer, researcher, scholar, and administrator. He gives back to his community as a committed volunteer with Historica Canada’s Passages Canada initiative, which gives speakers from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to share their stories of immigration and culture with youth and newcomers.