Ian H. Stewart Graduate Fellowship

Dr. Ian Stewart is a retired lawyer and businessman and past Chair of the University of Victoria Board of Governors.  He was first appointed to the board in 1976 and served for nearly 12 years. UVic awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws to him in 1993.

Ian Stewart studied law at UBC and moved to Victoria shortly after graduating from law school.  He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1961 and practiced law until 1979.  In 1966, he was elected as a Victoria alderman. He has consulted in the areas of corporate planning, development, reorganization, financial strategy, government programs and services, and negotiation.

He was among those who helped to establish the Centre for Studies in Religion (CSRS) and Society at UVic in 1991. 

In recognition of his contributions as a director of Rogers Communications, Rogers Media and Rogers Cable, Mr. Ted Rogers and Rogers Communications Inc. donated $100,000 to establish the Ian H. Stewart Graduate Fellowship in 2004.  It supports graduate students in the process of writing their MA thesis or PhD dissertation on issues related to the CSRS mandate.

Dr. Stewart has been a keen supporter of UVic's athletics programs. Dr. Stewart is the namesake for the Ian H. Stewart Complex at the University of Victoria, as he was Chair of UVic’s Board of Governors when the university acquired the sports complex in 1991. In 2012, Dr. Stewart was asked to serve as Honorary Chairman of the building campaign for the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA).  Most recently, with his wife Gillian, he was further honoured by the naming of the Ian & Gillian Stewart Varsity Weight Room in CARSA.

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