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
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
"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
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
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
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.
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