Leadership for Global Challenges campaign seeks $5 million more

Glendon marked the success of Phase I and launched Phase II of its Leadership for Global Challenges campaign at a recent celebration.

The campaign’s Phase I, launched in March 2008 within the York to the Power of 50 anniversary campaign, surpassed its goal of $5 million, announced Marie-Thérèse Chaput, director of Glendon’s Office of Advancement, Alumni & External Relations, which organized the campaign.

Right: From left, Marie-Thérèse Chaput, Jacques Naud and André Galipeault

Glendon Principal Kenneth McRoberts provided details of how the Phase I funds have been allocated. Of the gifts amounting to $5.3 million, $2.9 million has been designated for program support and $65,000 to faculty positions, while more than $2 million was raised for scholarships, awards and student aid with matching funds of $522,000 from the Ontario government. A total of 2,007 donors participated in Phase I,  of whom 63 per cent were alumni and a large number were Glendon faculty and staff.

The goal of Phase II is to raise another $5 million. “Our priorities for raising money in Phase II are the new building, the Glendon School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA), and the recently launched Centre for Global Challenges,” said McRoberts. “We will raise funds for scholarships at the undergraduate as well as the graduate levels. We also need funds for faculty projects in the Glendon School of Translation and the English and Psychology departments.”

Left: Michael Locke (let), Martha Shuttleworth, Jacques Naud and Marie-Thérèse Chaput

Alex Himelfarb, director of the GSPIA and the Centre for Global Challenges and a former clerk of the Privy Council, said: “The School of Public & International Affairs is an excellent representation of what Canada stands for. The GSPIA is bilingual, and offers a practical as well as a theoretical education on both the domestic and the international scene.”

Committee co-chairs for Phase II are Claude Lamoureux (Hon. LLD ’06), retired president and CEO of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board; Glendon alumna Martha Shuttleworth (BA ’72), president and founder of the Neptis Foundation; and fellow Glendon grad Michael Locke (BA ’75, MBA ’77), a retired financial executive. The campaign committee also includes Alain Baudot, professor emeritus and director of Éditions du GREF; André Galipeault, president of The Galipeault Group Inc.; and Glendon Principal Emeritus Albert Tucker. Chaput recognized their significant role in the campaign’s success, through their efforts, advice and financial contributions.

She welcomed architect Renée Daoust of Daoust Lestage Architects of Montréal, who is heading up the new building construction on campus. Chaput also thanked the National Bank, represented at the reception by Jacques Naud, vice-president, sales & service retail, Ontario and Western Canada, for their generosity and for funding the celebration.

Daoust outlined some of the special features of the project, such as the creation of a gateway – a front door to the campus – and spaces that project into the natural environment, the landscape that surrounds it. “What is visible right now is merely the tip of the iceberg,” said Daoust. “We will be building the foundations throughout the winter and completion is projected for January 2012. $2 million needs to be raised in order to provide the necessary funds.”

Left: Claude Lamoureux

Lamoureux thanked all the donors of Phase I for their generosity. He gave special thanks to York University President Emerita Lorna Marsden, whose gift will endow a classroom in the new building. He also acknowledged Phase I transformative gifts from the Bank of Montreal totalling $2 million and leadership gifts from Ethel and the late Milton Harris, the estate of late Glendon Professor Jean Burnet, Paule Doré, and the Banque Nationale du Canada. Lamoureux also thanked members of the campaign committee, in particular Martha Shuttleworth, Albert Tucker, Michael Locke and Jacques Naud, for their generous donations.

“As part of the donations, Friends of Glendon has provided $241,259 in gifts during Phase I of the Glendon campaign, of which $104, 259 was a gift of the Living & Learning in Retirement group, who have shown themselves to be so dedicated to this college,” said Lamoureux.

Right: Renée Daoust, Marie-Thérèse Chaput and Albert Tucker

“I feel very privileged to have graduated from Glendon in the college’s early years,” said Shuttleworth, “where I had made so many important connections.” She praised the importance of a Glendon education and its emphasis on a civil society.

“Glendon is exceptional in its focus on the liberal arts and in its success in preparing the future leaders of this country,” said Locke, recalling his years at Glendon when Tucker was principal. “This is the most exciting time here since the 1970s. Today, Glendon has the opportunity to expand and show its excellence. This school delivers a first-class liberal arts education to all those who choose to come here.”

“Glendon’s Leadership for Global Challenges campaign is focused on helping Glendon equip the next generation of public leaders for the challenges of a changing economic and political world,” said McRoberts. “Glendon’s recent opening of a fully bilingual School of Public Affairs is a significant milestone toward this goal. Glendon’s designation as the Centre of Excellence for French-Language & Bilingual Education in Southern Ontario by the Ontario government and their $20-million award towards creating the necessary infrastructure also represent an important recognition of Glendon’s achievements and an investment in its bright future.”

Submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny