Major Gift News

Lisa Murphy and family

May 2019

Gift:

$4,000,000

Recipient:

QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation

$3 million will endow a chair in palliative care in collaboration with Dalhousie University; $1 million will go towards the new Hospice Halifax. Lisa Murphy is the daughter of the late Mersey Seafoods co-founder Bill Murphy. The death of three immediate family members within a three year period prompted her to donate to palliative care.

Scotiabank

May 2019

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

University of Windsor

For the Cross-Border Institute. The gift will fund a research initiative to help Canadian enterprises better participate in the global marketplace.

The Helderleigh Foundation

May 2019

Gift:

$296,000

Recipient:

George Brown College

Over two years, for food and nutrition literacy-oriented programs. The Helderleigh Foundation has committed over $1.3 million in funding to support the initiative to date.

Vard Marine Inc.

May 2019

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

University of British Columbia

To advance naval architecture and marine engineering education and promote innovative technologies in Canada’s shipbuilding industry. The gift will fund the creation of a Marine Systems Initiative, with the funds administered over a five-year period.

David Sobey, the Sobey Foundation, and Sobeys Inc.

May 2019

Gift:

$18,000,000

Recipient:

Saint Mary's University

For the previously named Sobey School of Business. $5 million will create student scholarships; $7 million will endow two chairs and create five new professorships; $6 million will help build the Sobeys Entrepreneurship & Innovation Hub. Sobeys Entrepreneurship & Innovation Hub This is the largest donation in the institution’s history and the largest to a university in Atlantic Canada. Half the funds are a personal gift from David Sobey.

The Peter N. Thomson Family Trust

May 2019

Gift:

$5,600,000

Recipient:

Concordia University

For the Faculty of Fine Arts. The gift will support graduate scholarships, field school awards and an art innovation fund. Peter N. Thomson Family Graduate Scholarships; Peter N. Thomson Family Field School Awards; Peter N. Thomson Family Innovation Fund This is the largest gift to a university-based fine arts faculty in Quebec history.

Rob Peters

May 2019

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

University of Calgary

For the Haskayne Capital Expansion Project within the Haskayne School of Business. A student gathering space in Mathison Hall, a new addition a part of the project, will be named for Rob Peters. Rob Peters is co-founder of Calgary-based investment firm Peters & Co. Limited.

Jan and Maria den Oudsten

May 2019

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

Red River College

To help the College to build and upgrade its facilities with new equipment. Jan den Oudsten Vehicle Technology & Research Centre (VTRC) This is the largest gift the college has received from individual sources. This is the largest gift the college has received from individual sources.

TD

May 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Ryerson University

For awards to adult learners in financial need entering Spanning the Gaps, Ryerson’s support program for learners transitioning to post-secondary education. TD Road to Success Awards

Medavie Inc

May 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Université de Moncton

For a new endowment fund for student scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded to students on the soccer, track and field, or cross country teams who are enrolled in a program in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Community Services. Fonds de bourses Medavie; Stade Croix Bleue Medavie Stadium Medavie Inc. has also made significant donations to mental health. The stadium was named for the company in recognition of cumulative giving.

Jarislowsky Foundation

MAY 2019

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

Vancouver Island University

For a research chair in Aboriginal Studies. The Chair will focus on engaging Vancouver Island University’s Aboriginal students in the research process and strengthening relationships between the University, First Nations, Metis, Inuit and the broader community. Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies The gift matched a commitment from Fulbright Canada Foundation. Funds are in USD.

Fulbright Canada Foundation

MAY 2019

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

Vancouver Island University

For a Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies. The Chair will focus on engaging Vancouver Island University’s Aboriginal students in the research process and strengthening relationships between the University, First Nations, Metis, Inuit and the broader community. Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies The Jarislowsky Foundation matched the donation to create the chair. Funds are in USD.

Stu and Kim Lang

MAY 2019

Gift:

$21,000,000

Recipient:

University of Guelph

Over 10 years, for the newly named Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics. The gift includes funding that will help the school expand its sustainability initiatives, support various education efforts, scholarships and student learning opportunities. $8 million will create one chair each in finance, marketing, leadership and sports leadership; $5.5 million will support student scholarships; $3 million will create a fund for teaching and learning; $2 million will fund the design and landscaping of a new Lang plaza. Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics; Four chairs named for Gordon S. Lang; A Lang plaza Stu Lang has served as the University’s varsity football coach. This is the largest gift in the University’s history. The gift was made in honour of Stu’s father, the late Gordon Lang, a Canadian business leader.

BMO

MAY 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Foundation

For the High Performance Discovery Hub Gift, which will help advance high-level performance and mobility for kids with disabilities.

Windsor Mold Group

MAY 2019

Gift:

$100,000 - $999,999

Recipient:

University of Windsor

This unspecified six-figure gift will create an endowment fund which will provide financial assistance to undergraduate engineering students taking on their final projects needed to obtain their degrees. Windsor Mold Group Capstone Endowment

Mario Cortellucci and Family

MAY 2019

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

Niagara University

The gift can be used however the University’s president sees fit. The gift is tied to the University’s recent move of its Canadian operations to Vaughan, ON. The gift is tied to Niagara University’s recent move of it’s Canadian operations to a development in Vaughan constructed by Cortellucci’s company, the Cortel Group.

Innisfil Self Storage and the Eisses family

MAY 2019

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Rizzardo Health & Wellness Centre

To support the construction of the new health and wellness centre.

Basil Dobbin Family Foundation

MAY 2019

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Centre for the Performing Arts

To support the construction of the facility. The Foundation chose to name the facility in honour of the late Myra Bennett, a legendary nurse who served in Newfoundland.

Caring for Tomorrow Endowment Fund

MAY 2019

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

The Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation

For medical equipment and staff education. The gift is the result of community donations.

Walmart Foundation

MAY 2019

Gift:

$1,800,000

Recipient:

Second Harvest

For a national study of food programs offered by public sector and community service organizations to understand how to better reduce food waste. Some of the funds will be used to help accelerate food recovery and to enhance a website that connects non-profit partners with food donors.

Gerald Schwartz and Heather Reisman

MAY 2019

Gift:

$100,000,000

Recipient:

University of Toronto

To further the University’s research on artificial intelligence, biomedicine and how new technologies can disrupt and enrich lives by creating Canada’s largest university-based innovation centre. The gift will also support the launch of a new institute for technology and society, whose mission will be to explore and address the ethical and societal implications of emerging technologies. Schwartz Reisman Innovation Centre; Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society The donation is the largest in the University’s history and the largest to the Canadian innovation sector.

Donald Horne

MAY 2019

Gift:

$170,000

Recipient:

Aberdeen Health Foundation

For the previously named Donald Horne Endowment for Children’s Health. Income from the endowment supports patient care for children in Pictou County. The gift was in the form of 5,900 shares of Empire stock, which had an approximate value of $170,000 at the time of the gift announcement.

Telus

MAY 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

SickKids Foundation

To support the $1.3 billion SickKids VS campaign. TELUS will also donate $25 for every new TELUS smartphone activated in Ontario up to $50,000, and $25 for every digital storybook sold of Bunny Goes to the Hospital, up to $50,000.

Brian Hesje

MAY 2019

Gift:

1000000

Recipient:

Rick Hansen Foundation

To support the Rick Hansen Foundation School Program to enable improved accessibility and inclusion in schools across Canada. Hesje is a former member of the board of the Rick Hansen Foundation.

Steve Hennessey and family

MAY 2019

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Bowmanville Hospital Foundation

For the campaign to redesign and redevelop the hospital. The gift was made in honour of Kathleen Hennessey, the family’s matriarch.

Al and Mary MacPhee

MAY 2019

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Dartmouth General Hospital Foundation

For the hospital’s redevelopment project.

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