Seymour Schulich, one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs and benefactor of the Schulich School of Business, has been promoted from a Member to an Officer of the Order of Canada for his transformational philanthropy in support of education and health care institutions. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, made the announcment on December 30, 2011. Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.
Seymour Schulich revolutionized the mining industry when he and his partner pioneered the concept of royalty payments. He also created what was at one time the largest gold mining company in the world and has had a successful business career that has spanned numerous decades and a number of different industries.
The Schulich School of Business at York University was named after Seymour following his $15-million donation to York in 1995 – at the time, the largest gift of its kind ever made to a Canadian university. The donation was used to endow five academic chairs and to create a series of annual scholarships for Schulich students that reward academic excellence. His gift funds more than 27 annual named scholarships and awards, as well as numerous bursaries that have benefited hundreds of students at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.
In addition to his 1995 endowment, Schulich contributed $10 million toward the state-of-the-art business education complex at York University, which opened in 2003. The complex houses the Schulich School and the Schulich Executive Learning Centre. He has also supported a number of other important initiatives at York, including the Lorna R. Marsden Honour Court and Welcome Centre. In total, Schulich has given in excess of $30 million to York University over the past two decades.
Schulich was appointed to York’s Board of Governors in 1996 and is now an Honorary Governor on the board, as well as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Schulich School of Business. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University in 2003.
One of Canada’s greatest philanthropists, Schulich was awarded the Order of Canada in 2000. He has given more than $280 million to Canadian and foreign universities, is responsible for the awarding of thousands of scholarships, and has endowed facilities ranging from professional schools of business, education, law and engineering, to medical health centres.
Schulich alumus Tom Jenkins (MBA ’87), Executive Vice-Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Open Text Corporation, was also promoted last week within the Order of Canada to the level of Officer. Mr. Jenkins was promoted for his innovative contributions to the development of the high technology industry in Canada. In addition, Lawrence Bloomberg, Chair of Schulich’s Health Industry Management program advisory board, was made a Member of the Order of Canada for his social engagement and philanthropy, particularly in the areas of health care and education.
The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Over the last 40 years, more than 5,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.