Schulich receives $5M gift to establish Centre of Excellence in Health Management and Leadership

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York University’s Schulich School of Business earlier this week announced the establishment of the Centre of Excellence in Health Management and Leadership, made possible by a $5-million donation from the Krembil Foundation and Schulich graduate Robert Krembil (MBA ’71, Hon LLD ’00), a name synonymous with health care philanthropy in Canada.

Robert Krembil
Robert Krembil

The newly established Centre of Excellence in Health Management and Leadership will become a leading global hub of industry outreach, education and research at Schulich. The Centre will combine academic excellence in degree programs and executive training together with substantial scholarship support and collaborative research on leadership opportunities in the health sector.

Since 2003, Schulich has been developing future industry leaders in the health sector through its Health Industry Management Program. One of the world’s largest and fastest-growing industries, the health sector is facing unprecedented change driven by the emergence and adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), business analytics, virtual care, rising costs and new delivery models.

Krembil is president of Chiefswood Holdings and its subsidiaries, as well as chairman of the Krembil Foundation. He is a member of the Schulich School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council and is honorary patron of York University’s Impact Campaign. In recognition of his generosity, Krembil was honoured with the York University Bryden Alumni Awards for Outstanding Contribution in 2019. He is also the recipient of a Schulich Alumni Recognition Award for Outstanding Executive Leadership in 2005 and an honorary doctorate of laws from York University in 2000.

In 2001, Krembil had the bold vision to fund a groundbreaking, high-value scholarship program at his alma mater. The Krembil Scholars Program contributed to the School’s recruitment efforts, success in global rankings, and global reputation while setting a gold standard for financial aid support in education across the country. To date, more than 100 students, known as the Krembil Scholars, have benefited from renewable scholarships that cover full tuition costs and living subsidies, providing students unparalleled access to the educational opportunities and learning experiences required to become the global business leaders of tomorrow.

Through the Krembil Foundation, the family has generously donated more than $12 million to the Schulich School of Business and York University, including funding for the Krembil Scholars Program.

“We are pleased to support this new Schulich program that will produce future leaders for our very large and important health care sector,” said Krembil.

Rhonda L. Lenton, president and vice-chancellor of York University noted that this new donation will make a tremendous impact.

“Robert Krembil and the Krembil Foundation have been leading supporters of York University and the Schulich School of Business for many years,” said Lenton. “We are incredibly grateful for their longstanding support and thank them for this new transformational donation that will fund innovative research, teaching and student support. With their generous gift, we will continue to make a positive change in the local and global communities we serve by building on our established strength in health management.”

“We wish to thank Robert Krembil and the Krembil Foundation for their generous gift and their invaluable support over the past two decades,” said former Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth. “The new Centre of Excellence in Health Management and Leadership will become a leading global hub in the vitally important health sector. Today, more than ever before, the health sector needs dynamic, forward-looking leaders to propel the industry forward into a sustainable future.”

The gift is part of Schulich’s Leading Change Campaign, the school’s most comprehensive and ambitious fundraising and alumni engagement campaign to date and part of Impact: The Campaign for York University. Under the leadership of Horváth and the Leading Change Campaign Cabinet, the school raised more than $65 million as of the end of May 2020.