MONTREAL, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - HEC Montréal is proud and
grateful to announce that it is to receive a $2 million gift from the
estate of Montreal business lawyer Peter R.D. MacKell. Thanks to this
generous gesture on the part of Mr. MacKell, a philanthropist with
tremendous concern for his fellow man and a great believer in education
and excellence, the School will be able to create a major PhD
scholarship program, in keeping with his wishes.
The donation, in the form of a bequest, will allow the School to create
an endowment fund and award four $25,000 scholarships every year to
full-time PhD students at HEC Montréal. At the donor's request, in an
enduring gesture of friendship toward Daniel Brosseau (HEC 1977) and
Peter Letko, the fund will be named the Daniel Brosseau and Peter Letko
"Peter R.D. MacKell was a founding shareholder of Letko Brosseau &
Associates and a great friend, who gave us sage advice and
encouragement over the years," said Daniel Brosseau and Peter Letko,
partners in Letko Brosseau & Associates. "We are very touched and
honoured by Peter's gesture of friendship, and we think his choice of a
bequest for HEC Montréal students is an excellent idea."
"On behalf of the entire HEC Montréal community, I want to salute Peter
R.D. MacKell not only as a leader in his profession of business law,
but also as a philanthropist who knew what a difference a scholarship
at the right time can make for a doctoral student. In that respect I
consider him a model to be emulated," declared HEC Montréal Director
Peter R.D. MacKell, QC was a renowned lawyer who died on May 27, 2011 at
the age of 84. He was born in Ottawa and held degrees from the Royal
Canadian Naval College (Royal Roads University) and McGill University.
He was admitted to the bar in 1951 and began his career with the Duquet
MacKay firm, later moving to Martineau Walker, today known as Fasken
Martineau. He led the firm for several years, before retiring in 1995.
He handled many significant litigation and commercial briefs in the
course of his career, representing major Canadian and foreign clients.
He was also a highly sought-after corporate director, and a member of
the board of Goodfellow inc. for many years, as well as a director of
the Régie de l'assurance-dépôts du Québec.
SOURCE HEC MONTREAL
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