History in the Making - McGill campaign to target global research, social justice and enhanced student experience



    MONTREAL, Oct. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - McGill University today publicly
launched a $750-million, five-year comprehensive campaign with the largest
initial goal of any university fundraising campaign in Canadian history.
Campaign McGill: History in the Making will kick off with a daylong
celebration on the university's two campuses in Montreal. The university will
use the philanthropic dollars raised to attract and retain top talent in
Quebec, to increase access to quality education and to further enhance its
ability to address critical global problems.
    Professor Heather Munroe-Blum, McGill's Principal and Vice-Chancellor,
said "One of the great untold stories about McGill is the way in which, thanks
to the passion and commitment of its faculty, staff, students and alumni, it
has transcended its context as a great Canadian university to become a great
international university. That has unfolded, remarkably, with relatively
limited funding compared to the institutions with which we compete globally.
Our mission here is to rectify that, and we couldn't be more excited about the
possibilities that will bring."
    The campaign will be co-chaired by Canada's former Ambassador to the
United Nations, Yves Fortier, by Senator Michael Meighen and by GMP Securities
Chairman Eugene McBurney. In the three years leading up to its public launch,
the campaign has already raised $325 million toward its goal.
    At the launch, three generous benefactors, Hydro-Québec, McGill alumnus
and Trader Classified Media founder John McCall MacBain and campaign co-chair
Meighen himself gave major gifts worth $10-million, $5-million and $5-million
respectively.
    The Hydro-Québec gift, which was presented by the utility's CEO Thierry
Vandal, will go to scholarships and graduate fellowships in engineering,
science and law; three research chairs in the fields of wind and hydroelectric
power, renewable energy, and up-to-the-minute weather forecasting; and seed
funding for cutting-edge research in sustainable development law and
nano-engineering.
    Senator Meighen's gift of $5-million for the Kelly and Michael Meighen
Endowment for Student Advising and Support will go toward implementing the
recommendations of the recent Principal's Task Force on Student Life and
Learning, which targeted student advising and academic support as areas in
particular need of investment.
    John McCall MacBain, an Arts alumnus who served as president of the
undergraduate students' society while at McGill, and his wife, Marcy McCall
MacBain, donated $5 million to create a graduate fellowship program in the
Faculty of Arts to encourage students to pursue their academic and career
goals.
    Among its other goals, the campaign will enhance McGill's position as
Canada's global flagship for research, knowledge and discovery. A strategic
evaluation of the university's research strengths has produced a list of five
areas where new investment will achieve increased impact for McGill, Quebec,
Canada and the world: advancing health, building economic equality, fueling
innovation, protecting the environment and strengthening culture and civil
society.
    Campaign McGill seeks the support of alumni and friends worldwide to fund
the following priorities:

    
    - Attracting and retaining top faculty: $248-million
    - Attracting and supporting top undergraduate and graduate students:
      $190-million
    - Transforming the student experience: $49-million
    - Building the infrastructure to support McGill's top talent:
      $112-million
    - Strengthening key teaching and research programs: $90-million
    - Strengthening library support for teaching and research: $24-million
    - Supporting emerging priorities and research needs: $37-million
    

    Because of McGill's unique identity among North American post-secondary
institutions, its funding needs are also exceptional. McGill is the only
Canadian university ranked among the world's top 25 by the Times Higher
Education Supplement for three years running. It is Canada's most
international university, with almost 19 per cent of its 33,000 students
coming from 150 countries around the globe. Yet McGill remains deeply rooted
in Quebec and Canada: 57 per cent of students hail from Quebec, roughly 24 per
cent are Canadians from outside Quebec and 6,000 are francophone.
    For more than 185 years, McGill University has demonstrated its deep
commitment to excellence in research and teaching aimed at improving the lives
of citizens everywhere; a goal in the service of which McGill researchers,
students and graduates have served Quebec, Canada and the world with
distinction.
    On the Web: http://www.mcgill.ca/campaign




For further information:

For further information: Lisa Van Dusen, Director of Media Relations,
McGill University, Montreal, Canada, (514) 398-6752, lisa.vandusen@mcgill.ca


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