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Mo shùile togam suas

I will lift up mine eyes

MO SHÙILE TOGAM SUAS Our motto, Mo shùile togam suas, is pronounced “Mow HOO-luh TOW-gum SU-uss” and means “I will lift up mine eyes.” It is Gaelic, in recognition of the Scottish heritage of the founders of the university. The motto appears in the university’s Coat of Arms granted by the Lord Lyon King of Arms at Edinburgh in 1966.

The University of Calgary’s tartan design incorporates the university colours—red, gold and black—and was developed by James Odell, BEd’76, BFA’83. The pattern is reminiscent of the MacLeod tartans, and is officially recognized by the Scottish Tartans Society.

19 gifts over $1 M

8,167 donors $7.7 million in funding for student awards

4,865 alumni donors $326,000 raised through the student caller program

Thank You.


Looking Up The University of Calgary’s Gaelic motto Mo shùile togam suas—I will lift up my eyes—sums up what should be the direction for everything this university does. While we are successful in many ways, it is now time to lift this university to a new level of rigour and reputation. In this year’s donor impact report, we present to you a small sample of the extraordinary giving that is helping us move from good to great. All of these stories represent the deep passion you and I share for the well-being of this community. Thank you for your commitment and for your trust in us.

As donors you are building the future of the university. Your belief in the students and researchers who are shaping and being shaped by this institution is at the heart of our success. You see the possibilities of what our community can accomplish and you are investing in the people and tools to get us there. As the eighth president of the University of Calgary, I am proud of how far this institution has come in its short history. My vision is to grow the already strong and enduring connections with our community—these are the envy of every other university in Canada. We are one of the youngest and one of the most innovative of the major research and education hubs in Canada—and we have enormous potential. To all of you, from all the students, professors and staff at the University of Calgary, thank you for building the future of the University of Calgary with us. I am greatly looking forward to our achievements. Sincerely,

Elizabeth Cannon Eighth President of the University of Calgary July 1, 2010

I will nurture multi-talented future leaders Jamie Blair’s family foundation is giving students a chance to do amazing things. On Feb. 27, the world watched as Schulich School of Engineering student Lucas Makowsky won gold in the long-track speedskating team pursuit. With 23 former or current students competing at the Vancouver Winter Games, the U of C had the largest presence of any university in the world. Makowsky’s ability to train as a high-performance athlete while pursuing two

degrees in engineering and economics was helped by a scholarship from the S.M. Blair Family Foundation. Jamie Blair says “It’s a thrill to follow Lucas’s career and know that the foundation started by my father Bob Blair, aunt Mona Bandeen and grandfather Sid Blair is giving the next generation of engineering and business leaders a hand up.”

THE DONOR: S.M. Blair Family Foundation THE GIFT: Scholarships for Schulich School of Engineering students The IMPACT: A well-rounded educational experience

“Our family believes that society benefits greatly from the cultivation of young leaders with multi-faceted experiences.� ~ Jamie Blair, S.M. Blair Family Foundation

Olympic gold medallist Lucas Makowsky, right, says that with most of his time spent training or studying, scholarships like those supported by Jamie Blair, left, make his pursuits financially possible.

We will build a better society through education Joanne Cuthbertson and Charlie Fischer are making sure all students succeed. The best university education ensures students reach their full potential so they can maximize their contributions to society. Dedicated staff, innovative programs and leading-edge technology at a new centre in the Taylor Family Digital Library will help all students shine. Supported by a gift of $1 million from Chancellor Emeritus Joanne Cuthbertson and Charlie Fischer, vice-chair of the Board of Governors, The

Chancellor Cuthbertson Centre for Student Success will be a bright, welcoming oasis in the campus’s new hub. “We consider a university education to be one of the greatest assets an individual can possess,” says Fischer. “This centre will be part of the university’s commitment to offer all of its students the supports they require to enhance their learning and ensure their utmost success.”

THE DONORS: Joanne Cuthbertson and Charlie Fischer THE GIFT: Funds for the TFDL’s Student Success Centre THE IMPACT: Giving students the tools to succeed

“We wanted to give a gift that would really move the university forward.� ~ Joanne Cuthbertson, Chancellor Emeritus

Joanne Cuthbertson, right, and Charlie Fischer, centre, want students such as Ulzhan Salimbayeva, from the Haskayne School of Business, to have the resources they need to master any issue.

We will empower our youth through leadership education The Werklund Foundation’s research chair will create new models of teaching. Young people struggle with self-esteem, confidence, bullying and more. After funding highly successful leadership programs for teens, the Werklund Foundation was looking for ways to reach children of all ages. With a gift of $3.1 million, it is establishing the Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership Education at the U of C’s Faculty of Education and a new research chair in youth leadership education.

The Werklund Foundation also has centres with the Calgary Board of Education (Empowering Minds) and TELUS World of Science (Leadership Centre). Collaboratively these centres will draw on new research to develop educational programs that nurture leadership capacity in youth. “Teachers are looking for more,” says Deanna Werklund, foundation president.

Deanna Werklund, left, Mark Werklund, middle, and their father David Werklund, the foundation’s founder, are supporting the further research and development of empowering leadership education programs to support youth and their educators.

“We will use the results of this research to develop a model of leadership education programs that are measurable, successful and impactful.” ~ Deanna Werklund, President, Werklund Foundation

THE DONOR: Werklund Foundation THE GIFT: Leadership Centre and Research Chair in Youth Leadership Education THE IMPACT: New generation of strong leaders

I will sustain a culture of performing arts Dick Matthews is giving music students the best environment in which to learn. On the heels of a $1 million gift to build a new arts performance studio on campus, longtime Calgary arts benefactor Dick Matthews has donated another $500,000—to be matched by an anonymous donor— to renovate and improve music teaching spaces in Craigie Hall. With state-of-the-art technology,

acoustics and versatile design, these rehearsal and teaching rooms will provide students, professors and members of the community with the most contemporary learning amenities, says Ann Calvert, fine arts dean at the time of the donation.

THE DONOR: F.R. (Dick) Matthews THE GIFT: Renovated music teaching spaces THE IMPACT: Enhanced support for student performers

“We have a university that keeps getting bigger and we need to build facilities to ensure we are getting better, too.� ~ Philanthropist and entrepreneur Dick Matthews

A donation from Dick Matthews, right, will ensure that music students such as percussionist Danielle Harvey, left, will have the best facilities to prepare for performing.

We will produce winning citizens who excel at teamwork The 5th Quarter Association is vital to a competitive, sustainable football program. With $1.2 million raised for the Dinos football program in the last two years, the 5th Quarter has been called the strongest alumni group in Canadian university sport. But it’s not just the group’s fundraising for endowments for athlete scholarships and operating costs that is helping sustain a strong football

program. A mentoring program is helping players make career choices and find jobs after graduation. “They are there for us,” says Matt Walter, Dinos running back and fourth-year business student. “They played football, too, so they know what we are going through.”

“5th Quarter support is producing very sound, very motivated, very confident and very positive young men who are ready to contribute to society in many ways.” ~ Danny Geremia, VP, Dinosaur Football’s 5th Quarter Association

THE DONOR: Dinosaur Football’s 5th Quarter Association THE GIFT: Scholarship and operating endowments THE IMPACT: A sustainable, winning football program Matt Walter, left, says the Dinos’ successful drive to the Vanier Cup last year wouldn’t have been possible without support from 5th Quarter alumni like Danny GerHmia, right.

We will build the foundations of a robust economy The Carlsons are investing in superior learning spaces for future engineers. Pat and Connie Carlson knew they wanted to share their good fortune by giving back to their alma mater in a lasting and meaningful way. When they learned the Schulich School of Engineering was in need of a capital expansion, they gave $2.8 million to help increase

capacity and build the best learning environment possible. The Carlsons believe providing our youth with a quality education is key to ensuring a strong economy and a healthy community.

THE DONOR: Carlson Family Fund THE GIFT: Support for the Engineering Leaders campaign THE IMPACT: Spaces that support innovative and effective learning

“Without the space, you can’t add the people, programs and technology that are fundamental for providing the best education for the future.” ~ Pat Carlson, CEO, Seven Generations Energy Ltd.

Pat and Connie Carlson are ensuring that engineering students such as Kasmira Pawa, centre, are learning in spaces designed to support the kind of education and engagement that delivers world-class graduates.

We will know more about cancer and its causes A new Alberta Cancer Foundation chair will add power to population studies. When conducting health studies of large populations, researchers need very strong statistical frameworks to ensure their results are as informative as possible. In clinical studies, knowing the optimal number of participants is critical to success. “Studies are only as powerful as the number of individuals analyzed,” explains Dr. Stephen Robbins, director of the Southern

THE DONOR: Alberta Cancer Foundation THE GIFT: Research chair in cancer biostatistics THE IMPACT: More powerful cancer studies

Alberta Cancer Research Institute (SACRI). A new research chair in cancer biostatistics at the U of C’s Faculty of Medicine and SACRI—made possible by a $5 million commitment from the Alberta Cancer Foundation—will help cancer researchers do their best work.

“It’s about helping all researchers get the data they need and, ultimately, demonstrate progress toward a cancer-free future.” ~ Linda Mickelson, CEO, Alberta Cancer Foundation

Alberta Cancer Foundation CEO Linda Mickelson, left, and SACRI Director Dr. Stephen Robbins, right, say enhanced bench-strength in biostatistics will benefit all cancer researchers.

We will help leaders make wise decisions about energy Nexen Inc. is bringing together the world’s top thinkers on energy policy. With a $1.75 million donation to the University of Calgary, Nexen Inc. is funding annual global roundtables with leading decision-makers and energy experts. This international expertise will be combined with empirical research to provide guidance to public policy-makers who need to make the best decisions

to maintain an abundant energy supply in a changing world market. The roundtables will involve industry, the U of C’s School of Public Policy, the Haskyane School of Business, the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy and the Canada School of Energy and the Environment.

PhD student Femi Tolani, left, who came to U of C’s School of Public Policy from Harvard, says the roundtables, supported by Pierre Alvarez, right, and Nexen Inc. will help him with his research on public-private partnerships.

“We expect the research developed as a result of these sessions will contribute significantly to the global dialogue on energy and will ultimately inform public policy in this vital economic sector.� ~ Pierre Alvarez, VP Corporate Relations, Nexen Inc.

THE DONOR: Nexen Inc. THE GIFT: Nexen Global Roundtable on Energy and the Environment THE IMPACT: Ensuring sound decisions on energy policy

Fund Development and Financial Information Last year 8,176 donors gave more than $84.1 million to the University of Calgary. Thank you. Your gifts made a huge difference. They developed individuals, furthered important research, created breakthroughs and formed leaders.

A full report on the university’s endowment is available here or online at

These funds made it possible for the university to enhance the student experience with an array of activities from scholarships and bursaries to research opportunities and physical spaces on campus.

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Fundraising from 2005 - 2010

2009-2010 Highlights $39 million from Harley Hotchkiss

A longtime philanthropist, business leader and wellknown Calgarian, Harley Hotchkiss, together with his wife Rebecca, committed another $15 million towards a major endowment fund at the U of C. This makes their total gift to the university $39 million. The endowment will be used to support the ongoing neurological and mental health research and education initiatives of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI). Superdonors unite to help students succeed

Over 1,253 alumni and friends of the U of C contributed more than $130,000 to the Superfund. This fund gives the university a pool of unrestricted dollars to use for organizational priorities on an annual basis, all of which will be used to enhance the student experience and promote student success.   Some gifts can’t be wrapped

Thirty-five donors let us know they have made provisions for the U of C in their estate plans. These people are helping and shaping the university in many different ways from cash donations, land, securities and charitable trusts to retirement assets, life insurance, even art. Among gifts from estates this past year was a gift of over $1.85 million from the trusts of Mary Petrie and her family, which will support U of C students with additional bursaries.

Imperial Oil Foundation gives $1 million to The School of Public Policy

Calgary-based Imperial Oil Foundation’s gift supports Energy for Life—an innovative, new program that will enhance policy development and public dialogue on energy, economy and the environment. This donation also supports analysis on energy and the environment and a new lecture series. Strengthening the Top Industrial Sulphur Research Centre in the World

Alberta Sulphur Research Limited (ASRL), a research company that was conceived and borne in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Calgary, has engaged in a process to create an endowed Chair in Industrial Sulphur Chemistry to ensure the continuation of basic sulphur research. It has received significant support from its member companies, with a recent donation of $150,000 from Shell Canada Ltd. Alumnae gives $300,000 to get students there faster

Vera Ross (MEd ‘75) donated $300,000 to create the Vera A. Ross Graduate Scholarships, which will be awarded beginning in September 2010 to three students in the Integrated Bachelor/Master of Science program in the Faculty of Kinesiology. This successful and challenging program, currently in its fourth year, enables students to complete both their BSc and MSc in just five years.

Thank you for lifting up your eyes to the future.

For more information about giving at the university please contact: University of Calgary Development Office 2500 University Drive NW Calgary AB T2N 1N4 403-220-5854

University of Calgary 2010 Donor Impact Report  

University of Calgary 2010 Donor Impact Report

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