Major Gift News

Pretivm Resources Ltd.

MAR 2019

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Tahltan Nation

To help with wildfire recovery efforts in Telegraph Creek.

Britton Smith and Homestead Land Holdings

MAR 2019

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Nanny Angel Network

To provide free relief childcare to Kingston mothers with cancer. This donation will support the organization’s first expansion outside of the Greater Toronto Area.

Bell Let's Talk

MAR 2019

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Accueil Bonneau, Welcome Hall Mission and the Old Brewery Mission

To support those coping with homelessness in Montreal including funding the PRISM program. The gift was announced at the Old Brewery Mission to mark Bell Let’s Talk Day.

Hatch

MAR 2019

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Laurentian University

Over five years, for a scholarship fund for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the Bharti School of Engineering.

Anonymous

MAR 2019

Gift:

$6,000,000

Recipient:

St. Paul's Hospital Foundation

For the Close to Home campaign to create Saskatoon’s first hospice facility.

Fondation J. Armand Bombardier

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Montreal Heart Institute

For an international clinical trial testing if the drug colchicine can prevent repeat heart attacks and strokes.

Linamar Corporation; Hasenfratz, Newton and Stoddart Families

MAR 2019

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

The Foundation of the Guelph General Hospital

For the most urgent equipment needs. The Margaret Hasenfratz Women’s and Children’s Health Care Centre; The Linamar Paediatrics Unit. The gift is the largest Guelph General has received to date.

Family of Florence Yong

MAR 2019

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation

To create an endowment fund with a scholarship program to financially assist hospital personnel
undertaking professional development courses. The gift was made in memory of Florence Yong, a long time day patient.

Joe Ferraro

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,400,000

Recipient:

RESOLVE

For the RESOLVE housing campaign to build affordable rental housing for Calgarians. RESOLVE is a partnership of nine Calgary social service agencies working to create affordable rental housing. Joe Ferraro is Chairman and Founder of Calbridge Homes.

Paul McLean

MAR 2019

Gift:

$15,000,000

Recipient:

McMaster University

For the DeGroote School of Business. The gift will help construct a new building to house undergraduate business education which will offer an interdisciplinary approach to teaching with a new curriculum and multiple faculties studying together. McLean Centre for Collaborative Discovery. The new interdisciplinary focus was a key motivation behind the donation.

Chan Family

MAR 2019

Gift:

$40,000,000

Recipient:

Vancouver Art Gallery

To support the construction of the new Vancouver Art Gallery complex. Chan Family Centre for the Visual Arts. Christian Chan is on the VAG’s board of trustees. He is the son of Caleb Chan, co-founder and CEO of Burrard International Holdings.

AGRIS Co-operative

MAR 2019

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

University of Guelph

In support of the construction of a new Ontario Sustainable Crop Research and Innovation Centre.

The P. and L. Odette Foundation

MAR 2019

Gift:

$390,000

Recipient:

The Mississauga Central Library

Over three years, to support the Library’s homelessness initiative, the Open Window Hub. For its first year of funding, the library will provide training in mental-health first aid, invest in interns with master’s degrees in social work, and fund items and services in high demand, such as hygiene kits and Presto cards.

Bell Let's Talk

MAR 2019

Gift:

$3,000,000

Recipient:

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

For the Choice and Partnership Approach, a program to help reduce wait times and improve access to mental health care.

Zatzman Family

MAR 2019

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

The Dartmouth Sportsplex

Over five years, the gift will focus on funding free community programs. The facility will be named the Zatzman Sportsplex. The facility was named after local businessman and former Dartmouth mayor Joseph Zatzman.

Vale and the United Steelworkers

MAR 2019

Gift:

$468,000

Recipient:

United Way Centraide North East Ontario

To support programs and services. The gift came from employee contributions which Vale matched at 50%. Since 1982, Vale and United Steelworkers have raised $18.5 million for the United Way.

Bell Let's Talk

MAR 2019

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Université du Québec à Montréal

For the Centre for Research and Intervention on Suicide, Ethical Issues and End-of-Life Practices (CRISE). The donation will be used to develop a project aimed at preventing suicide by using digital communications tools.

Bell Let's Talk

MAR 2019

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Bear Clan Patrol

To support the community-based volunteer program with cold-weather clothing for volunteers, food and refreshments for its drop-in centres, and operating costs at its new location. $50,000 of the total came from city taxpayers.

Anonymous

MAR 2019

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Penticton BC Youth Resource Centre

To help construct the new centre. The anonymous donor is matching all gifts made to the organization up to $200,000.

Bell Let's Talk and the Manitoba Government

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Strongest Families Institute

To expand mental health services for children, youth and their families throughout Manitoba. The organization is based in Atlantic Canada and has experience providing mental health care to those living in rural areas.

Tony and Connie Leung

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

University of Guelph

$750,000 will fund a new professorship in food safety; $200,000 with expand experiential learning in food system issues for undergraduates; and $50,000 will help renovate a meat science laboratory. Leung Family Professorship in Food Safety. The donors are University of Guelph graduates.

Brantford Shrine Club

MAR 2019

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Brant Community Healthcare System Foundation

For a new infant monitoring system for the special care nursery at Brantford General Hospital. Among those delivering the donation were club president Ron Rowe Jr., club chair Ron Stinson and Shriners Ron Rowe Sr., Ray Bamsey and Dave Gordon.

Cavendish Farms

MAR 2019

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

University of Prince Edward Island

For the School of Sustainable Design Engineering. The gift will support innovation in sustainable farming solutions.

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Durham College

For the expansion of farming operations at the W. Galen Weston Centre for Food (CFF) to support experiential learning opportunities. The donation will support the construction of a post-harvest and storage facility, greenhouse expansion and the implementation of container farming.

Les and Judy Vadasz

MAR 2019

Gift:

$15,000,000

Recipient:

McGill University

For the previously named Vadasz Doctoral Fellowships in Engineering. The gift aims to strengthen Montreal as an engineering and technology hub by attracting top talent and will offer greater financial support to doctoral students. Les Vadasz is a McGill University Engineering alumnus.

Deepak Binning Foundation

MAR 2019

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

For an endowment fund that will provide students with bursaries and a scholarship for the Punjabi Language and Culture program.

SAIT Students’ Association

MAR 2019

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

To help build a new student centre on campus. The funds were collected as a student fee starting in the 2007/2008 academic year.

The Molson Family Foundation

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Université du Québec à Montréal

For the creation of a hockey program. The gift will help establish the first men’s university hockey team in Montreal.

BMO

MAR 2019

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Red Deer College

For the wellness studio as a part of the Shaping Our Future campaign. For the next five years, the studio will be named the BMO Financial Group Wellness Studio.

Amar Varma

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,750,000

Recipient:

SickKids Foundation

For a chair in biomedical informatics and artificial intelligence, the first of its kind in Canada. Amar Varma is a Toronto engineer and entrepreneur whose newborn son underwent surgery at the hospital. The Foundation is matching the gift, bringing to total to $3.5 million.

Joseph and Holly King

MAR 2019

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Saint John Paul II Foundation

To help establish the new Saint John Paul II Academy, a Catholic high school. The Kings moved from Seattle to White Rock in 2013.

The Wilkie Family

MAR 2019

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Saint John Paul II Foundation

To help establish the new Saint John Paul II Academy, a Catholic high school.

Anonymous

MAR 2019

Gift:

$4,000,000

Recipient:

University of Toronto

To establish a Chinese-Canadian archive. The donation will also assist U of T Libraries with digitizing existing and new collections of material related to the Chinese-Canadian community.

Anonymous

MAR 2019

Gift:

$770,000

Recipient:

Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation

For new urology equipment. This is the largest donation the organization has received.

Marcel and Frances Labelle

MAR 2019

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Health Sciences North

To support Health Sciences North’s new Innovation and Learning Centre. This is the largest private donation in Health Science North’s history, as well as the largest private donation to any hospital in Northern Ontario.

Anonymous

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,250,000

Recipient:

Canadian Canoe Museum

To support the construction of a new museum. The gift is from an out-of-province donor.

Arthur Labatt and Family

MAR 2019

Gift:

$20,000,000

Recipient:

University of Toronto

To create the Labatt Family Network for Research on the Biology of Depression, dedicated to studying the biological causes of depression. Labatt Family Network for Research on the Biology of Depression. Arthur Labatt’s daughter, Jacquie Labatt, is chair of the campaign cabinet for the department of psychiatry. Arthur Labatt noted that the gift was partly inspired by his own experience with depression nearly 50 years ago.

Robert Wares

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

UQAM Foundation

To create a fund supporting the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The fund will provide scholarships in the department, offer training activities and field trips, and help create a new lab. Marie-Victorin Capital Fund, named for a visionary who advocated for the creation of a francophone geology institute in Montreal in the 1930s

St. Clair College Student Athletic Association

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

St. Clair College

To help build additional facilities for recreational and athletic activities.

Hydro-Quebec

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,800,000

Recipient:

Université de Québec Foundation

For research and training in engineering. Approximately $1.2 million will create two new research chairs, and $545,000 will be used for student scholarships.

Indspire

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Red River College

For the Building Brighter Futures Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards program, supporting Indigenous students. Indspire is adding to a previous investment.

John and Marcy McCall MacBain

MAR 2019

Gift:

$200,000,000

Recipient:

McGill University

For a scholarship program for graduate students. The donation will cover the cost of graduate school for 50 Canadian and 25 international students every year. Recipients will also benefit from mentorship and immersive learning experiences including retreats, workshops and internships. The McCall MacBain Scholarships. This is the single-largest donation in Canadian history. It was made in honour of McGill’s bicentennial.

RBC

MAR 2019

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Laurentian University

Over two years, for a new Career Development Plan program. The funds are part of RBC Future Launch, a 10-year, $500-million initiative to help young people gain access and opportunity to the skills, job experience and career networks needed for the future world of work.

Louis-Marie Beaulieu

MAR 2019

Gift:

$400,000

Recipient:

University of Quebec

To help construct a sports centre at the Lévis campus.

The General Association of Students on the Lévis Campus

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,700,000

Recipient:

University of Quebec

To help construct a sports centre at the Lévis campus.

Brian Hesje

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

The Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Education Foundation

To create virtual centre dedicated to sharing the skills, experience, and knowledge of the CPA profession with all Albertans. Hesje CPA Knowledge Centre.

Gordon and Jill Rawlinson

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford

In support of patients and staff at the provincial psychiatric rehabilitation hospital. The main lobby and central hub of the new SHNB will be known as the Gordon and Jill Rawlinson New Beginnings Centre.

Donald and Julia Leung

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

BC Cancer Foundation

For lung cancer research. The gift will help purchase new equipment and support a chemo prevention program. 

Dr. Lalita Malhorta and Family

MAR 2019

Gift:

$800,000

Recipient:

Victoria Hospital Foundation

For the campaign to build a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Malhotra, an obstetrician, made the gift in memory of her late husband Tilak, who was a pediatrician.

Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman Foundation

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Hillel Ontario

Over three years, to advocate for Israel and Jewish issues on post-secondary campuses. The funds will help hire advocacy professionals to join Hillel teams throughout Ontario.

Siber Family Foundation

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Hillel Ontario

To invest in talent and attract the strong Jewish role models to serve and engage Jewish students at universities across Ontario.

Canarm Ltd and Canarm Employees

MAR 2019

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Brockville and Distrcit Hospital Foundation

For phase II of the hospital’s Redevelopment Project.

Warren Y. Soper Charitable Trust

MAR 2019

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Reach Out Centre for Kids

To support the organization’s $9 million expansion, further allowing it to assist children with mental health issues.

Delta Firefighters Charitable Society

MAR 2019

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation

For the expansion of the Peter C. and Elizabeth Toigo Diagnostic Services Building.

Metis Education Foundation

MAR 2019

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

For the establishment of the Métis Endowment Fund which will help increase Métis enrollment and support at SAIT. SAIT has also committed $250,000. At the time of the announcement, $950,000 had been raised for the fund.

TransCanada Corporation

MAR 2019

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

For the establishment of the Métis Endowment Fund which will help increase Métis enrollment and support at SAIT. SAIT has also committed $250,000. At the time of the announcement, $950,000 had been raised for the fund.

United Steelworkers Local 655

MAR 2019

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Maison McCulloch Hospice

For the expansion of the hospice.

Northland Barbershop Chorus

MAR 2019

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Sault Area Hospital

For the speech pathology unit. Two suites in the speech pathology unit were named after the Northland Barbershop Chorus. The funds have been raised over time, since 1995.

Donald and Julia Leung

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

For the Future of Surgery campaign and our Most Urgent Needs fund.The gift was announced at the 2019 Viva Pharmaceutical Time to Shine gala, which raised $5.363 million. 

Scotiabank

MAR 2019

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Cross-Border Institute

For a new initiative focused on research to help Canadian enterprises better participate in the global marketplace, including research on how service providers can help clients transition to new technology. The Cross-Border Institute is based out of the University of Windsor.

Desjardins

MAR 2019

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Morin Centre

For a new educational tourist attraction. Desjardin’s community support totalled $94 million in its 2018 fiscal year.

Desjardins

MAR 2019

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

Academie Saint-Louie

For the construction of a sports centre. Desjardin’s community support totaled $94 million in its 2018 fiscal year.

Desjardins

MAR 2019

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

Guilde des developpeurs de jeux vido independents

Desjardin’s community support totalled $94 million in its 2018 fiscal year.

Ridley Terminals

MAR 2019

Gift:

$288,500

Recipient:

School District 52

For the ongoing Indigenous reconciliation process within the school district. This gift is a part of a total of $1 million Ridley Terminals Inc. donated to four communities on British Columbia’s north coast.

Ridley Terminals

MAR 2019

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Women's Leadership Network

To host a women’s leadership conference in Prince Rupert. This gift is a part of a total of $1 million Ridley Terminals Inc. donated to four communities on British Columbia’s north coast.

Ridley Terminals

MAR 2019

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Community of Lax Kw'alaams

To construct a three-lane track and turf field. This gift is a part of a total of $1 million Ridley Terminals Inc. donated to four communities on British Columbia’s north coast.

Ridley Terminals

MAR 2019

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Community of Metlakatla

To upgrade its recreational facility and to do the work needed to re-open the wilderness trail. This gift is a part of a total of $1 million Ridley Terminals Inc. donated to four communities on British Columbia’s north coast.

Teck Resoucres Ltd.

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

The Great Trail

To support the upgrades front-line trail groups are making to their sections of The Great Trail. Teck previously donated $1 million to the Great Trail in 2012.

Suncor Energy

MAR 2019

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Over five years, for an endowment to support the Banff Centre’s Indigenous and Social Innovation programs for a decade. The donation is the single largest endowment received by the Centre.

Larry and Nancy Vander Baaren

MAR 2019

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

The Brockville and District Hospital Foundation

For the re-development plan amalgamating the Garden Street site and Charles Street hospital. Larry Vander Baaren is a board member.

Beatris and Peter Jurazs (Estates of)

MAR 2019

Gift:

$3,000,000

Recipient:

Providence Health Care

For a dementia village project. 

Devimco Immobilier, Fonds immobilier de sollidarité FTQ, and Fiera Properties

MAR 2019

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation

For research and specialized care. The three donors are partners in The Square Children’s project, which is revitalizing the former site of the hospital located near downtown Montreal.

Farm Credit Canada

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

Various community groups across Canada

To support rural capital projects across 84 community groups across Canada.

Donna and Conrad Huber

MAR 2019

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Georgian Bay General Hospital

Over five years, for priority needs.

J & W Murphy Foundation

MAR 2019

Gift:

$3,000,000

Recipient:

QEII Foundation

For an endowed chair in Palliative Care. The chair will be cross-appointed at the QEII, Nova Scotia Health Authority and Dalhousie University. The gift was announced along with a $1 million contribution to Hospice Halifax.

J & W Murphy Foundation

MAR 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Hospice Halifax

The gift will cover the cost of the new hospice residence’s architectural design. The gift was announced along with a $3 million contribution to QEII Foundation.

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