Canadian channel pioneer announces his retirement

Frank Luk has announced his retirement from the Canadian high tech sector. CDN would like to congratulate Luk on an outstanding and memorable career.

Luk’s resume would put most executives to shame. Literally this man has accomplished everything there is to do in the high tech sector.

Frank Luk
Frank Luk

In my opinion Luk has withstood the test of time in business. Under his leadership at Markham, Ont.-based distributor Supercom he witnessed double digit growth in the eighties and nineties but also suffered through the IT downturn at the turn of the century. CDN named Luk a Channel Visionary and Leader for its 20th anniversary edition. Supercom was founded in 1989 with just a few employees and in less than a decade turned itself into one of the top distributors in Canada with more than 500 employees.

In 1996 Luk was awarded the prestigious “Overseas Chinese Entrepreneur of the Year” award by the Government of Taiwan.

Most recently Luk has been the senior vice president of partner advocacy at Synnex Corp. Synnex acquired Supercom in 2013.

Kevin Murai, the President and CEO of Synnex and a one-time rival at Ingram Micro Canada, commended Luk for his dedicated service and outstanding leadership. “Over the course of his career, Frank delivered significant results that have contributed to the growth and advancement of the IT industry across Canada.”

Mitchell Martin, President of Synnex Canada, said Luk developed Supercom into a leading force in the IT industry with key partnerships and capabilities integrated into Synnex Canada. “He helped us to reach new heights. Working closely with Frank over the past two years has been a pleasure and we wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Luk received his Masters of Professional Accounting at the University of Texas and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. During his career Luk became the director and past president of the Canada Chinese Computer Association and served for four years as a director of the Chinese Business Association.

His philanthropic record that is second to none. His interests include the United Way, Toronto Hong Kong Lions Club, Scouts Canada Foundation, Kidney Foundation and the Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation. He was the co-chair of the United Way Blossom Ball in 2005 and 2006.

Luk said in a prepared statement: “Working in the IT industry for more than 25 years alongside some of the very best in the business has been a truly rewarding experience.”

CDN had the opportunity to interview Frank Luk several times. Here are a few of those stories.

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