Industry and community leaders join George Brown College Foundation board

Three new members to help raise $60 million in expansion funding

TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - The George Brown College Foundation announced today that it has added three new industry and community leaders to its Board of Directors roster. Their goal will be to help the foundation raise $60 million to fund much-needed college expansion projects.

Joining the foundation are Celebrity Chef Mark McEwan, VP and Regional Director of CIBC Wood Gundy Peter Lee and Addison Enterprises President Gary Teelucksingh. The new trio will join the nine-member board of the George Brown College Foundation as it embarks on an ambitious comprehensive campaign to help the college address unprecedented enrolment that has surged 70 per cent since 2004.

"Mark, Peter and Gary bring us a broad range of expertise and have already offered outstanding ideas to the board to help us raise awareness about the urgency of this expansion," said Doug Turnbull, Chair of the George Brown College Foundation's Board of Directors. "George Brown College is a vital contributor to Toronto's economic success and we feel very fortunate that they have chosen to lend their experience, expertise and time to help the Foundation reach its goal."

McEwan, who received a George Brown College Chef Apprentice diploma in 1978, has become one of Canada's most renowned chefs and television personalities, introducing Canadians to new and diverse dining options. His résumé lists an impressive history leading some of Canada's most celebrated culinary venues, including North 44, Bymark and ONE. More recently, he opened his own gourmet grocery store and newest restaurant, Fabbrica at The Shops at Don Mills, taking his entrepreneurial prowess to a new level.

McEwan will help the George Brown College Foundation explore networks of opportunity in the culinary community and beyond, which has been traditionally well served by the college's highly acclaimed Chef School.

"As a George Brown College graduate who has benefitted greatly from the expertise gained from my program, I am proud to be helping the college meet its goal to give a new generation of aspiring students the opportunity to join the next generation of industry leaders," said McEwan.

Also joining the board are Peter Lee and Gary Teelucksingh. Lee brings more than 20 years of executive wealth management experience and team-building success. He has managed more than 450 investment advisors whose combined portfolios exceed $50 billion in assets. In addition, Lee is no stranger to the non-profit sector, having served as chairman of the board for the Children's Aid Foundation, which has raised more than $100 million dollars over 30 years to provide financial assistance to more than a million children who have suffered from abuse.

Equally adept at raising capital, Gary Teelucksingh has grown, managed and maintained several companies with revenues exceeding $100 million. As president of Addison Enterprises, he offers tactical executive services in operational optimization, international strategic planning and product development.

George Brown College is currently undergoing the largest transformation since its establishment in 1967. To support its burgeoning growth, the George Brown College Foundation's Campaign for George Brown has a $250 million vision, focused on two major projects.

To meet the changing needs of the Health Care sector, the College is building a new campus for its Centre for Health Sciences in the heart of Toronto's revitalized waterfront. The new campus, set to open in September 2012, will free space to renovate and expand the college's Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies, and others throughout the college.

The development of the waterfront campus will be subsequently complemented with an expanded Casa Loma Campus, set to open in 2016. The campus's expansion will increase enrolment capacity from its current 1,800 full-time students to approximately 2,800 full-time students who will help fill the labour void in Construction Management and Architectural Studies, Renovations, Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (HRAC), and several others. The facility will allow students to pursue degree, diploma and certificate programs and work collaboratively on applied learning projects that will foster innovation literacy and, in turn, contribute to the economic prosperity of the city and province.

The George Brown College Foundation currently holds $18 million in endowments. In 2010-11, contributions from private donors, industry partners and public funding totalled $3.7 million in student endowments — the highest among Ontario colleges. Funds raised support students by providing financial assistance through grants, bursaries and scholarships and are further enhanced through corporate and government matching programs.

McEwan, Lee and Teelucksingh will take the reins from retiring George Brown College Foundation board members Esther Farlinger (Vice Chair) and Rod Macgillivray (Past Chair). Farlinger has served on the board for more than 15 years, playing a key role in its growth and development. A member of the Order of Ontario and recipient of the Governor General of Canada Commemorative Medal of the Queen's Jubilee, Farlinger holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and has been a member of many philanthropic Boards including the Universal Youth Foundation, the St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum Foundation. Currently she is President and CEO of Justme Design Associates Ltd.

Macgillivray leaves the board after 10 years and countless contributions. His outstanding 40-year record in the investment industry afforded him invaluable insight into public policy processes and financial issues management. He has strong ties to Toronto's not-for-profit sector, including his role as past vice chair of the Board of Roots of Empathy and past chair of the George Brown College Foundation.

About George Brown College
Toronto's George Brown College has established a reputation for equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice. From its two main campuses located across the downtown core, George Brown offers 148 full-time and 1,600 continuing education programs across a wide variety of professions to a student body of approximately 63,000 (including those enrolled in full-time, part-time and continuing education programs). Students can earn diplomas, post-graduate certificates, industry accreditations, apprenticeships and four-year bachelor degrees.

SOURCE George Brown College

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