Impact Report 2019 | Alumni | University of Guelph
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Your Impact: By the Numbers (2018/19)

Your support is making a difference

Your Support

$59,747,733 received in total donations
from 11,832 donors,
2,831 being first-time donors.


Alumni Family

173,000 strong and growing,
living in more than 160 countries
around the world.

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Scholarships & Bursaries

$53.4 million in awards and student financial aid (including donor-funded awards), supporting 2,379 students.


Planned Gifts

$80 million to date in confirmed and planned legacy gifts will help ensure a strong future.

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Donor Impact

See how your generosity has Improved Life

Bees Matter

The University of Guelph is a worldwide leader in finding ways to protect honey bee health. In helping honey bees, these researchers, students and volunteers are helping us all.

That’s why several years ago Don Pinchin and Lydia Luckevich sponsored the Pinchin Family Chair in Bee Health and the Don Pinchin Scholarship in Honey Bee Research and Beneficial Insect Health.

In 2019, the Riviere Foundation has made a keystone pledge of $5M to support construction of a brand-new, purpose-built Honey Bee Research Centre. Riviere is proud to help provide a functional, beautiful, state-of-the-art facility for world-class researchers ensuring food security.

The Power of Collective Giving

Class projects showcase the power of collective giving. They facilitate connection and shared purpose and build camaraderie among alumni in supporting today’s students. From providing scholarships to funding renovations to taking learning outside the classroom, class projects make a massive difference.

The tradition of class giving at U of G began in 1903 and has continued since. Members of the Ontario Agricultural College Class of 1964 have proudly raised $248,336 (and counting) for the endowed OAC 1964 Graduate Scholarship, valued at $15,000.

Watch this video showing the impact of the Class of OAC ’64 on one student.

The Future of Business

This fall, the University of Guelph welcomed the inaugural class of the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics. Lang students will benefit from nine graduate and nine undergraduate entrance scholarships, plus one international co-op scholarship.

The school will also see the addition of four new faculty positions and the creation of Lang Plaza in front of Macdonald Hall. Stu Lang and his wife, Kim, believe U of G is the right place to honour his father’s legacy.

“We want to invest in current and future business school students at Guelph, knowing that the next generation will carry on Dad’s values to use business as a force for good,” says Stu. Their $21M gift is the largest private donation in U of G’s history.

Humphries, Smits, Otoro Group

‘When you drink water, you should think of where it comes from’

Benjamin Lu, U of G professor emeritus, department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, knows what it is like to need help. It was a student scholarship that enabled him to come to Canada. Years later, it’s his turn to give back.

Quoting a Chinese saying, Lu says: “When you drink water, you should think of where it comes from.” That philosophy inspired Lu and his wife, Jennie, to create the Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lu Scholarship for academic excellence.

“For over 30 years at the University, teaching and helping students are the greatest pleasure. Now at retirement, I miss the students most,” says Lu.

HK '77

Improving Research and Performance

Ajay Heble is a professor in U of G’s School of English and Theatre Studies, director of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation and founding artistic director emeritus (1994-2016) of the Guelph Jazz Festival.

Aiming to further advance arts and culture locally, nationally and internationally, Heble made an inspirational donation of $40,000 to the much-anticipated ImprovLab in the MacKinnon Building. “We have an amazing opportunity to create a state-of-the-art space for research and performance, right in the heart of campus,” he says.

The ImprovLab will also bring more flexibility, affordability and accessibility to campus and enable important partnerships with organizations such as KidsAbility.

Bill MacTaggart

Tending the Flock

Bill Mactaggart, M.Sc.’65, was a science teacher turned financier. But his real passion was raising sheep. His Suffolk purebreds were award-winning beauties.

When Bill suffered a car accident from which he would not recover, his wife, Leslie, contacted the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) for help tending the flock. OVC students leapt into action, volunteering in shifts and travelling daily to the farm at their own expense until the flock was sold.

In recognition, the Mactaggart family and friends established a $5,000 scholarship in Bill’s name for student veterinarians who will someday care for sheep.

Thorald K Warley

A Lifetime of Giving

Committed to the growth and reputation of the University of Guelph. Lauded for his significant contributions. Charismatic and kind-hearted.

That was the late professor Thorald K. (Sandy) Warley, H.D.Sc. ’03. Formerly chair of the forerunner to today’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, he was a faculty member in the Ontario Agricultural College from 1970 to 1991 and a dedicated alumni volunteer.

His strong belief in education and in giving back endure in the T.K. Warley Agrifood Policy Prize, a scholarship he created in 1992 and later endowed through his estate. The award recognizes the student with the best term paper on public policy issues related to agri-food systems or rural society.

Bill Laidlaw, BA '74

Cyber Safety Experts

This fall, Guelph launched its master’s program in cybersecurity and threat intelligence, thanks largely to a substantive gift-in-kind from McAfee, a leading cybersecurity manufacturer.

“We are dedicated to keeping the world safe from cyber threats and we’re thrilled to be part of this unique program,” says Bryan Rutledge, regional VP and country manager of McAfee Canada. “As a Canadian, I’m proud that U of G will enhance our talent pool and combat a global challenge. Together is Power.”

Students work with real and simulated cybersecurity attacks in a state-of-the-art teaching lab. “Together we can help close the gap between attackers and a skilled offensive response,” says Ali Dehghantanha, a professor in the School of Computer Science and director of the new program.

Student Impact

Our students thank you

Isaiah Box is a fourth-year Zoology major who studied the role of cortisol in the increased tolerance of zebrafish, to ammonia. Says Isaiah, “Contributing to research that will help protect aquatic environments and the species within them, is amazing! Ted Morwick has helped countless students – and soon there will be a publication with my name on it, thanks to the Ted Morwick Scholarship in Aquatic Biology!”

Isaiah Box, Fourth-year student, Zoology major

Emily Agar is an MSc student in Environmental Sciences. Her research is focused on the long-term effects of environmental stressors on wild bees. “The goal is to create and implement more informed conservation strategies to sustain wild bee populations.”

“With the Don Pinchin family support, I am privileged to be able to follow my passion! Their generosity inspires me.”

Emily Agar, MSc, Environmental Sciences

Aiyana Ramsahoi is a Bachelor of Commerce student at the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics. She is a VP of the Rotaract Club, Peer Helper at the Business Career Development Centre, and veteran volunteer at a soup kitchen and on behalf of local children. Aiyana is also a recipient of the Agnes Yuen Leadership Scholarship. “I am very thankful for Donors who value education and support students.”

Aiyana Ramsahoi, Bachelor of Commerce student, Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics.

Lifetime Giving Councils

Lifetime giving councils recognize generous donors who support the University at the highest levels. Thank you to council members for your significant philathrophic investment and advancement of the University of Guelph and its mission to Improve Life.

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