Every dollar tells a story
Show us a great university, and we’ll show you a mighty community of committed philanthropists.
When I arrived in Calgary from Washington, D.C., four years ago to lead UCalgary’s bold Energize campaign, I was struck by a statement I heard over and over again: “Great cities need great universities.” Certainly that’s true but, as we move toward our final campaign goal, I’ve witnessed daily proof of a more meaningful truth: Great universities are built on great philanthropy.
One of the distinguishing features of an excellent university is its culture of philanthropy — that is, the extent to which donors are moved to advance the priorities of an institution. That is tremendous measure of a city’s belief in their university’s capacity to fuel positive change; time and again, Calgary demonstrates its collective commitment to philanthropy through countless acts of generosity of time, talent and treasure.
UCalgary was recently included in the Globe and Mail’s list of the top 25 fundraising organizations in Canada — one of only two post-secondary institutions to make the list. While crossing the billion-dollar threshold last spring was an incredible high watermark, this campaign is about so much more than fundraising. Every dollar tells a story, and every story demonstrates the passion and commitment that continue to define this campaign.
Your philanthropy elevates and connects us. It is a means to delivering solutions to problems, rather than passively providing funding. With more than 25,000 donors to the Energize campaign — the majority of whom are right here in Calgary — this is your campaign and your university. You demand that we be innovative, entrepreneurial pioneers and you’ve come together to support this journey.
We hope you’ll continue to be inspired to spark meaningful change in the world through your involvement at UCalgary. We’ve only just begun.
Development and Alumni Engagement
Great universities are built on great philanthropy.
Here are just some of the individual, foundation and corporate supporters who have made an enduring difference this year, and will continue to do so as we make great strides toward our Energize campaign goal of $1.3 billion.
Ena and Sanders D. Lee establish the Ena Lee Leaders in Business Scholarship at the Haskayne School of Business with their $1-million gift.
Dr. Maurice Yacowar, BA’62, former UCalgary professor and founding editor of The Gauntlet, makes a gift-in-kind donation of resource material on art, literature and cultural history to the Nickle Galleries.
Tine S. Haworth renews the Tine Haworth Education Endowment, which supports educational initiatives at the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta, through a $700,000 gift.
The Brawn Family Foundation gifts $100,000 to support the Energy New Venture Competition, an annual event dedicated to advancing emerging innovations in the energy sector.
The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association donates $50,000 to support The School of Public Policy’s Student Fellowship Program.
Helios Wellness Centres pledges to support UCalgary medical fellowship trainees through a $1-million donation creating the Helios Scholarship Fund.
Dr. Susannah Kurian continues her family’s support of the My First Professional Exhibition program for fine arts students with a donation. Kurian and her late husband, former UCalgary professor Dr. George Kurian, PhD, established it in 2012.
The state-of-the-art University of Calgary Psychology Clinic is established thanks to a $3.5-million gift from alumni Dr. Lori Egger, BA’87, MSc’90, PhD’94, and Steve Laut, BSc’79. The clinic will increase training opportunities for clinical psychology graduate students and provide enhanced research resources for faculty and graduate students. It will also increase access to evidence-based assessment and treatment services for community members from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.
Jack Neumann, who spent 34 years as UCalgary’s Sports Information Director and was inducted into the Dinos Hall of Fame in 2012, makes a gift to support the purchase of new jerseys for Dinos Football athletes — and also makes a legacy gift tied to his estate to ensure replacement of these jerseys in perpetuity so that generations of athletes will continue to represent UCalgary with pride.
The estate of Dr. Anita Li, PhD, continues the former Werklund School of Education professor’s legacy with a donation to the Anita K.F. Li Graduate Scholarship Endowment, which was established when Li retired.
The Jacques Family Foundation Inc. pledges
$70,000 to support e-health and health informatics work at the Cumming School of Medicine.
In honour of their late brother with special needs, Simon Poulsen and Laura Lytton, with her husband Dr. Jonathan Lytton, BSc’79, establish the Thomas Poulsen Memorial Conference for Integrated Dance and Physical Theatre Endowment.
The McConnell Foundation grants more than $288,000 to support the research study, Teachers of Tomorrow: Advancing School Wellness Through Teacher Preparation.
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP donates $15,000 to support ALL: Access to Law and Learning, a program that helps prospective law students prepare for the Law School Admissions Test.
Longtime UCalgary supporter Jay Westman receives the 2017 Doc Seaman Individual Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals for his support of education, research and ending homelessness. In 2013, he donated $5 million to launch the Westman Centre for Real Estate Studies at the Haskayne School of Business, and, in 2015, the Westman Charitable Foundation donated $1 million to support multiple sclerosis research at the Cumming School of Medicine.
An anonymous group of alumni makes a gift in support of the Danielle Goyette Women’s Hockey Scholarship and the UCalgary Dinos Women’s Hockey program to celebrate Goyette – a two-time Winter Olympics gold medallist (2002 and 2006) and now head coach for the Dinos – being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Gordon and Beverley Phillips renewed their support of the Beverley Phillips Rising Stars Program at the Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases.
The Alvin and Mona Libin Foundation donates $30,000 to support Lunch with Leaders student programming offered by the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business at the Haskayne School of Business.
The Molson Foundation pledges $400,000 to support clinical neurosciences at Cumming School of Medicine, including the neuroArm PLUS, a groundbreaking, image-guided microsurgery and stereotaxy tool.
Dentons Canada LLP donates $150,000 to the Faculty of Law in support of the Energy Law Study Tour, which give students first-hand exposure to key components of the energy sector.
Ryan D. Dunfield, BA’10, and Shanna Dunfield create the Dunfield Bursary in Economics Endowment in the Faculty of Arts.
Greg Rodin Professional Corp. pledges its support to the Hersh E. Wolch, Q.C., Memorial Award for Indigenous Law Students.
Alumni Frederick M. Gallagher, BSc’78, and Thomas Gallagher, BSc’75, pledge $100,000 to support the Gallagher Colloquium Series and a further $75,000 to create the Gallagher Fellowship in Geoscience.
Joseph (Joe) and Cindy Leung gift $600,000 to establish a prestigious entrance award for international students from China, and an award for UCalgary students undertaking study abroad programs in China. The awards’ aim is to improve access to valuable international study experiences.
The Galvin Family Fund at the Calgary Foundation, established by the late Edward Galvin, pledges to support the One Health Equine Scholar at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
Mark Blackwell, BComm’11, and Jackie Fong make a legacy gift of $2.2 million to the Hunter Hub Scholarship Program and Student Activities Fund with the goal of ensuring that the university’s entrepreneurial thinking programs and resources remain strong, well beyond their lifetimes.
Pamela A. Janzen, MBA’93, and Graham Bruce, through their Catalyst Fund at the Calgary Foundation, provide a gift in support of the Equine Gait Analysis Research project at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
BMO Financial Group makes a major pledge of $1.5 million to continue funding of the BMO MBA Scholarships to provide new support to the Mentorship Program at the Haskayne School of Business.
Teine Energy Ltd. dedicates $250,000 to support renovations to the Energy Engineering Homeroom and the Teine Energy Ltd. Energy Engineering Scholarship at the Schulich School of Engineering.
Joan Snyder, Hon. LLD’11, pledges more than $500,000 to Women’s Hockey Excellence, to Preventing Injuries in Female Athletes, as well as to the Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases.
Nearly a century after her sister died at the age of only five months in 1920, Agnes Cooke makes a major gift to keep her memory alive through establishing the Concordia Christine Stephanson Indigenous Scholarship, to support Indigenous nursing students. In March 2018, Agnes also gifts three scholarships in honour of each of her children: Catherine, John and Barbara.
UCalgary President Elizabeth Cannon, BSc’84, MSc’87, PhD’91, and her husband, Dr. Gérard Lachapelle, professor emeritus with the Schulich School of Engineering, donate $1 million to create the Cannon Lachapelle Award in Entrepreneurial Thinking. The award will support up to four undergraduate students per year from any faculty who are exploring new ways of solving challenges and supporting UCalgary’s campus community and society.
Dr. Alexander Leung, MD, a long-standing member of the Department of Pediatrics, renews his commitment for an additional 10 years towards the bursary for MD students that he created in 2009. In addition, he commits a legacy gift that will support the areas of greatest need for his department in the future.
Family and friends raise $171,472 to create the Mark Grosjean Memorial Awards in Political Science in memory of the young research assistant, BA’17, who died in a skiing accident at the age of 22.
Alumna Vera A. Ross, MEd’75, continues her
support of the Vera A. Ross Graduate Scholarship Endowment in the Faculty of Kinesiology and her commitment to students and their research.
De Beers Canada announces six undergraduate scholarships for female students in the Faculty of Science and the Schulich School of Engineering as part of its national effort to support women entering the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). The initiative aims also to engage Indigenous women from the Northwest Territories and northern Ontario in the STEM fields, and is part of De Beers’ commitment to the United Nations’ HeForShe efforts.
Ronald P. Mathison, in honour of his late father’s lifelong friendship with Dick Haskayne, makes a transformative, $20-million gift to the Haskayne School of Business that will see the construction of Mathison Hall, a 10,000-square-metre expansion to the school including new study space, a 300-seat auditorium, an area dedicated to entrepreneurial thinking and a student success centre.
David A. Bissett, a longtime UCalgary supporter, makes a gift establishing the David Bissett Award, a $10,000 bursary for first-year undergraduates, with preference given to supporting Indigenous students.
AltaCorp Capital and Crescent Point Energy and colleagues establish the George F.J. Gosbee Memorial Award for undergraduate students in Finance in memory of Haskayne School of Business alumnus George Gosbee, BComm’93, a Calgary corporate, financial and community leader.
Naomi and John Lacey Foundation for the Arts
makes a major gift to support an Annual Resident Fellowship as part of the Faculty of Arts’ Calgary Institute for the Humanities.
Section23 Developments gifts $150,000 to support the Faculty of Environmental Design’s laneway housing research project that is creating innovative aging-in-place options for seniors.
Brian Keay and Darlene Warren make a legacy gift to support internships in Libraries and Cultural Resources for graduate students, and stipends for undergraduate summer students working on research in the Department of Chemistry, in the Faculty of Science.
J.C. (Jack) Anderson and his daughter, Wynne Chisholm, BA’79, donate their family’s cattle ranch — approximately 19,000 acres west of Calgary — to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM), creating the W.A. Ranches at the University of Calgary. This transformative gift, the largest ranch donation (monetary) in North America and the largest gift of acres to a university in Canada, will further strengthen UCVM as an international leader in veterinary clinical and research excellence.