2023 Schulich leaders

Two passionate BC students—one focused on space, the other on cyberspace—who are planning to pursue an education in the sciences at the University of Victoria are among the 100 elite scholars from across Canada recently named Schulich Leaders.

$300k for piano maintenance

The University of Victoria’s School of Music will be able to keep 63 pianos ready for daily student use and put on more concerts and masterclasses thanks to a $300,000 estate gift. The new $300,000 Martha Cooke Fund was named after the late Public Archives Canada curator. UVic is Canada’s only school with all Steinway pianos and $200,000 from the fund will be used for piano maintenance.

$1.4 million in scholarships for Indigenous law students

A year after the world’s first Indigenous law degree program graduated its first class, a total of 24 new scholarships for Indigenous law students will be awarded, thanks to a group of donors and a partnership with Indspire through their Building Brighter Futures program. That means every Indigenous student joining UVic’s Faculty of Law will receive a scholarship. Last year, the average entrance scholarship for an Indigenous law student was $9,400, with several awards valued at more than $17,000.

Audain professor

The Audain Foundation have committed $160,000 in new funding to the Audain Professorship—including a three-year, $60,000 project specifically designed to support the Audain Professor’s efforts around outreach, community engagement and related research activities. Lindsday Katsitsakatste Delaronde is the latest Audain Professor in Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest.

$1 million from TD for wave energy

University of Victoria’s Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED) has received one of 10 million-dollar grants under the 2022 TD Ready Challenge for their solution designed to assist people and communities disproportionately affected by climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy, TD Bank Group (TD) announced this week. PRIMED is the only recipient from British Columbia.

$2.5 million legacy gift from Marmie Hess

An unexpected and substantial legacy gift from the estate of renowned Calgarian and philanthropist Margaret (Marmie) Hess is supporting graduate and post-doctoral researchers at the University of Victoria across the sciences. The gift created a $2 million endowment to fund two graduate student awards, with the remaining $500,000 funding research grants for post-doctoral fellows.

Giving Tuesday back for 2022

After the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a day to focus on philanthropy. The University of Victoria’s Giving Tuesday initiative brings together community members, alumni, employees and students to donate to their chosen causes, participate in events (online and in-person) and unlock dollars from sponsors. The goal is to collectively raise money for a variety of programs and projects across the entire university.

New SSHRC funding

Two humanities-based projects that put past injustices at the forefront of public conversations about equitable futures—one leading the co-creation of graphic novels by accomplished artists and survivors of mass atrocities and genocides, the other illuminating the mistreatment of people of Japanese descent in allied countries during and after the Second World War—received $5 million in federal government support to create new global connections and partnerships.

UVic Foundation expands impact investment with $25M in Brookfield fund

The University of Victoria Foundation announced today it has invested $25 million in the Brookfield Global Transition Fund (BGTF) with a strategy to invest in opportunities that advance and facilitate the global transition to a net-zero carbon economy. This new commitment is an infrastructure investment within the foundation’s statement of investment policy and goals and is consistent with the target to reduce the carbon intensity of all investments by 45 per cent by 2030.

$2M powers UVic researcher to combat syphilis

University of Victoria microbiologist Caroline Cameron has received $2 million US from Open Philanthropy, the largest grant the US-based organization has given to a single Canadian university. The grant will fund Cameron’s research for developing a direct diagnostic test and vaccine for syphilis.

$1.5M gift supports Indigenous mental health research

A $1.5-million gift from UVic political science alumnus Bruce McKean will allow the University of Victoria to establish a new research chair in Indigenous mental health. The chair will be named after the late Chief Mungo Martin, the world-renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artist who contributed so much to the creative arts which play an integral role in shifting cultural perceptions of mental health.


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