What can you do with $1.41 Billion?

As it turns out, a whole lot of incredible world-changing things. Positive, lasting transformation — fueled by your vision and involvement — is well underway on campus, in our community and beyond

The Energize campaign is defined by a fearless and visionary collective striving for excellence.

This historic initiative is committed to unleashing student potential; to advancing research, new knowledge and innovation; and to building a resilient city and world. Thanks to our exceptionally ambitious and devoted community, we are changing lives and shaping the future for generations to come.


202 graduate awards established
More than 20,000 undergraduate students have received more than $61 million in scholarships and bursaries
526 new or renovated teaching, learning and research spaces over the course of the campaign

Dr. Jennifer Chan

Associate Professor and Kids Cancer Care Foundation Chair in Pediatric Oncology, Dr. Jennifer Chan, MD, is the deputy director of the new Charbonneau Cancer Institute Childhood Cancer Research Program lab.

Help families thrive following cancer diagnoses

A $1-million gift from the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta to the Faculty of Nursing builds research and improves clinical interventions to help families heal from the psychosocial aspects of a childhood cancer diagnosis. The Kids Cancer Care Foundation Chair in Child and Family Cancer Care is the first of its kind in Canada; this is the largest gift in the faculty’s history.

Fight childhood cancer

The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation received a gift of $5 million from Trican Well Service Ltd. in support of childhood cancer care at Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH), as well as research at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health and the Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute. In honour of Trican’s donation, cancer patients at ACH will now receive outpatient care in the newly named Trican Hematology, Oncology and BMT Clinic.

Two children are having laughing together outside

Dr. Zelma Kiss, neurosurgeon and professor, and Bruce Pike, PhD, professor of radiology and clinical neurosciences, are part of the team with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the Cumming School of Medicine that developed a unique form of brain surgery conducted using magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS).

Mitigate the impact of brain-related illness and injury

Through the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Ronald and Irene Ward Foundation provided $1.6 million for research into brain health, a priority under the Eyes High strategy.

A vet med student studying a bull at W.A Ranches

Improve cattle health and wellness

The Simpson family donated $2 million to create the Simpson Ranch Chair in Beef Health and Wellness. With the chair funding, Dr. Eduoard Timsit, DVM, PhD, is leading a major research program in priority areas including antimicrobial resistance, surveillance and control of production-limiting and zoonotic diseases, reproduction, lameness, and beef quality and safety. 

Dinos football practice

Empower student-athletes

The Dinos 5th Quarter Association, together with the Forzani Group Foundation, the Flames Foundation for Life and the View West Foundation, donated $1.5 million to create the John Forzani Memorial Athletic Awards, which provides scholarships for student-athletes on the Dinos football team.

Build a better solar-powered home on campus to provide teaching and learning opportunities for solar energy and sustainability research

Sponsored by Cenovus, the project engaged students from the Schulich School of Engineering, the Faculty of Environmental Design (now the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape), and the Haskayne School of Business in constructing a prototype solar-powered house for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. The Cenovus Spo’pi Solar House is a two-bedroom, 935-square-metre house intended to provide alternative housing for Indigenous communities. There are more than 30 solar panels on the roof and the building actually generates more energy than it consumes.

Solar home on campus

Foster children’s mental well-being

The Norlien/Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Parent Infant Mental Health is the first research chair in the Faculty of Nursing’s history. It is co-funded by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Norlien Foundation, a private Alberta-based organization that initiates strategic partnerships in the area of childhood development, addiction and mental health.

Deepen research in ADD/ADHD and autism spectrum disorder

A $10-million gift from Calgary philanthropists Stan and Marge Owerko to the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation created a new research space at the university’s Child Development Centre, dedicated to studying neurodevelopment and child mental health, including disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and autism spectrum.

Prepare and inspire the next generation of energy lawyers

The Faculty of Law received a $750,000 gift from Norton Rose Fulbright Canada. That gift has enabled the Faculty to expand its offerings in energy law curriculum, and created opportunities such as the unique International Energy Lawyers Program.

Keep the music alive

Universal Music Canada’s donation of its archive of music label EMI Music Canada to UCalgary’s Libraries and Cultural Resources (in partnership with the National Music Centre) was a major campaign milestone. The archives provide an unprecedented opportunity for detailed examination of the operations of a multinational record company in Canada, provide considerable details about EMI Canada’s operations, and are a window into Canada’s cultural landscape over the last 50 years.

Develop ethical business leaders

A $9.5-million initiative at the Haskayne School of Business empowers the next generation of business leaders with the creation of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business. The founding donors of the centre are Mac Van Wielingen, Hon. LLD’14, wife Susan, and their family through the Viewpoint Foundation; ARC Resources Ltd., led by CEO John Dielwart, BSc’77; ARC Financial Corp., led by CEO Kevin Brown; and Kevin and Nadine Brown through the Brown Family Foundation.

Invigorate next-generation engineers

The Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex expansion project created a hub for teaching and research in a variety of engineering disciplines. The expansion enhanced the learning environment for researchers and students as they seek out practical and creative solutions to complex problems that can be shared across Canada and around the world.

Stamp out racist narratives

A $125,000 donation from Gary Nissen helped launch the Social Work Indigenous Scholars Academy (ISA), dedicated to “transforming social work from the inside.” In creating the ISA, the Faculty of Social Work will be reshaped with the goal of preserving Indigenous culture by integrating Indigenous perspectives, histories and language in the academy’s curriculum.

Tackle youth concussion research

Through the NFL’s “Play Smart. Play Safe” initiative, US$35-million was allotted to five institutions in North America for medical research, primarily dedicated to neuroscience. UCalgary is the only institution in Canada to receive funding. The gift fuels a pan-Canadian research program to reduce concussions and their consequences in youth sport.


Diversify the economy

Wayne Foo, BSc77, and Parex Resources donated $3.24 million to the Faculty of Science to create the Parex Resources Innovation Fellowships. The gift established five Parex Resources Innovation Fellowships, as well as one Parex Resources Visiting Innovation Fellowship. These positions will empower researchers to lead and conduct research and community partnerships that fuel startups and technology advancement based on new discoveries, insights and innovation.

Professor George Shimizu working in his lab with his grad student, Roger Mah

Chemistry professor Dr. George Shimizu, PhD (2019-2020 cohort of Innovation Fellows), and his grad student, Roger Mah, are working on carbon capture in mitigating climate change through the removal of greenhouse gases from energy generation. The CREATE Training Program in Carbon Capture brings together science, engineering, political science and business researchers from across Canada to study different aspects of carbon capture.

Dr. Rinker’s biomedical engineering research focuses on science and technology development for the advancement of diagnostics and therapeutics in cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Kristina Rinker’s biomedical engineering research focuses on science and technology development for the advancement of diagnostics and therapeutics in cancer and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Rinker, PhD, is one of the 2019-2020 cohort of Innovation Fellows.

Dr. Facchini in his lab

Dr. Peter Facchini, PhD, right, is part of the 2019-2020 cohort of Innovation Fellows. His research is aimed at understanding the biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and physiology of high-value metabolite biosynthesis in plants.


Longtime UCalgary donor Dick Haskayne with Ron Mathison

Take business education to the next level

A $20-million gift from Calgary business leader Ronald P. Mathison, chairman of MATCO Investments Ltd., has helped fund a second building for the Haskayne School of Business, adjacent to Scurfield Hall. When it opens in 2022, Mathison Hall will offer business students a state-of-the-art learning environment, provide much-needed classroom space and elevate excellence for Calgary’s future business leaders.

Clinical Assistant Professor and Cardiac Surgeon, Daniel Holloway created a simulator for trainees to practice their suturing skills. Holloway recently earned a patent for his simulator and is being recognized as a 2019 Peak Scholar. Chief Resident, Holly Smith practices her suturing skills with Dr. Holloway’ simulation device.

Elevate excellence in medical research and education

An historic $100-million gift from Geoffrey Cumming, with another $100 million matched by the province, started a tremendous new chapter for UCalgary’s medical school, now aptly named the Cumming School of Medicine.

Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Radiology, Dr. Michael Hill is a neurologist with the Calgary Stroke Program of Alberta Health Services and a researcher at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI). Dr. Mayank Goyal, Director, Imaging and Endovascular treatment, Calgary Stroke Program.

Bring top researchers together to combat brain disease

A $6-million gift from the Ronald and Irene Ward Foundation created a new space in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the Cumming School of Medicine. The 12,000-square-foot Ron and Rene Ward Centre for Healthy Brain Aging Research houses experts in stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and medical imaging.