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Glendon’s Leadership for Global Challenges Campaign Launches Phase II

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Glendon marked the success of Phase I and launched Phase II of its Leadership for Global Challenges Campaign, at a celebration organized by Glendon’s Advancement, Alumni and External Relations Department, under the leadership of director Marie-Thérèse Chaput on October 19th.

The campaign’s Phase I had been publicly launched in March 2008, within York to the Power of  50’s -anniversary Campaign. Chaput announced the great success of Phase I, which had reached and surpassed its goal of $5 million in April of the current year. She went on to introduce members of the Campaign Committee, whose new goal is to advance to $10 million, starting this fall.


L-r: Michael Locke, Martha Shuttleworth, Jacques Naud and Marie-Thérèse Chaput

The Committee’s co-chairs are Claude Lamoureux (LLD’07), retired president and CEO of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board; Glendon alumna Martha Shuttleworth (B.A. 1972), president and founder of the Neptis Foundation; and Glendon grad Michael Locke (B.A. 1975), 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 Banque Nationale, represented at the reception by Jacques Naud, vice-president, Sales and Service Retail, Ontario and Western Canada, for their generosity, and for funding the celebration.

Left: (L-r) Marie-Thérèse Chaput, Jacques Naud and André Galipeault

“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 Glendon principal Kenneth 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 and 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.”

McRoberts praised Glendon’s Advancement Department and its director, Marie-Thérèse Chaput for their dedication and success. “Glendon is a great product and unique in its bilingual trajectory. We are achieving ever higher standards, successfully attracting top-level students and offering new programs, such as the B.A./Bachelor of Education combination for future French immersion teachers, the International B.A. (iBA) now available in almost every Glendon academic program, Glendon’s Graduate School of Public And International Affairs (GSPIA), and more.”

McRoberts provided details of Phase I’s success and how these funds have been allocated. Of the gifts amounting to $5.3 million, $2.9 million have been designated for program support, and $65,000 to faculty positions; more than $2 million were raised for scholarships, awards and student aid, with matching funds of $522,000 from the Ontario government. “A total of 2007 donors participated in Phase I, with 63% alumni, as well as a large number of Glendon’s faculty and staff – a spectacular participation unparalleled in Glendon’s history.”

Claude Lamoureux thanked all the donors of Phase I for their generosity. He gave special thanks to York University president emerita Lorna Marsden, whose gift initiating Phase II, will endow a classroom in the new building. He also acknowledged Phase I transformative gifts of the Bank of Montreal tolalling $2 million, and leadership gifts of Ethel and the late Milton Harris, the estate of the late Glendon professor Jean Burnet, Paule Doré and the Banque Nationale. He 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 and Learning in Retirement group, who have shown themselves to be so dedicated to this college”, added Lamoureux.

“I feel very privileged to have graduated from Glendon in the College’s early years”, said Martha Shuttleworth, “where I had made so many important connections.” She spoke of one of her life-long Glendon friends, the late Vince del Buono (Glendon B.A. 1972), distinguished diplomat and legal advisor, in whose name a scholarship has recently been established. “Vince’s illustrious career demonstrated his high ethics and his humanity”, said Shuttleworth, “attributes that were honed during his years at Glendon.” She praised the importance of a Glendon education and its emphasis on a civil society.

Left: Claude Lamoureux

“Glendon is exceptional in its focus on the liberal arts”, commented co-chair Michael Locke, “and in its success in preparing the future leaders of this country.” Locke recalled his years at Glendon, when professor Albert 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.”

“Our priorities for raising money in Phase II are the new building, the 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, the English and Psychology Departments.”

McRoberts commented that, on the basis of Renée Daoust's outstanding presentation, he was delighted when her firm was selected to design the new building. “Once I saw the campus, I fell in love with it”, confessed Daoust, “with its special setting and wonderful people. The new building will reflect the importance of serving its users and their particular needs.” She outlined some of the special features, 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 need to be raised in order to provide the necessary funds.”

“The School of Public and International Affairs is an excellent representation of what Canada stands for”, said director of the GSPIA and the Centre for Global Challenges, Alex Himelfarb, former Clerk of the Privy Council. “The GSPIA is bilingual, and offers a practical as well as a theoretical education on both the domestic and the international scene.” Himelfarb praised the quality of the students, with the first graduating class now out in the workforce, not just in government, but in other institutions as well, working on international, domestic and environmental issues. He underlined the need for more money, in order to be able to continue and expand the school’s programs.


L-r: Renée Daoust, Marie-Thérèse Chaput and Albert Tucker

The final speaker at the campaign launch was student Page Taylor, who thanked the donors and the fundraising committee, on behalf of all Glendon students, for their generosity and support. “Your contributions will enable me to go on an exchange next year, which will enrich my educational experience. The new building’s spaces and the new scholarships will help us, students at every level and enable those of us who want to go on to graduate school, to do so.”

At the reception that ensued, Glendon executive officer Gilles Fortin confirmed that this was indeed “the most exciting time for the campus since the 1970s”. “I have been waiting for these developments for over 45 years”, added a delighted Alain Baudot, who has been personally approaching potential donors over the past two years. “At last, we will have a real entrance to the College and new classrooms dedicated by individual donors. We have found the first $5 million; there is no doubt that with the help and cooperation of the Community and all those who believe in the unique mission of Glendon we will be able to find the next $5 million as well.”

An article by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny

Published on November 8, 2010