As one of Canada's youngest universities, the University of Calgary continues to refine its reputation as a research and entrepreneurial hub. Rooted in it's community, UCalgary connects passionate, philanthropic visionaries set on fueling future change and supports genuine partnerships that creates generational and economical impact in our community, and beyond.
Azrieli Foundation giftted the University of Calgary $25 million dollars to help build on the university’s established excellence in life sciences, brain and mental health, and child health research, as well as its reputation for the best research facilities and leadership in microbiome research in Canada. The decision to support UCalgary as the next partner came after the Foundation embarked on an extensive national scoping exercise. This highlighted UCalgary's commitment to world-class researchers in multiple fields, an institutional philosophy of thinking outside traditional academic silos and to effectively implement innovative initiatives.
The Azrieli Accelerator will transform neurodevelopment research across the lifespan through collaborative and transdisciplinary teams committed to improving the lives of all those affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities. Funding provided by the Azrieli Accelerator will allow research teams to hit the ground running on big, bold projects that will pull together teams from multiple disciplines — ranging from medical and social sciences to technology and policy — to think about neurodevelopmental disabilities and neurodiversity in a holistic way.
Transforming neurodevelopment research across the lifespan
A $25-million gift to the University of Calgary from the Azrieli Foundation will establish the Azrieli Accelerator, which will transform neurodevelopment research across the lifespan. The potential for further impact is possible with up to $5 million of the gift designated as matching funds.
UCalgary is already a long-established global research leader in neurodevelopment, known for excellence in research regarding brain and mental health, and child health and wellness. The new Azrieli Accelerator will drive further understanding of neurodevelopmental disabilities and accelerate interdisciplinary research leading to groundbreaking therapies and programs.
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Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking
The Hunter Hub is UCalgary’s community innovation hub that fosters entrepreneurial thinking in students, faculty, and the community and creating an everlasting impact. The team at the Hunter Hub has supported the community at UCalgary and the greater Alberta innovation community to think more like entrepreneurs — as founders, as leaders, and as changemakers within their own circles.
In 2017 the Hunter Family Foundation made a $40-million gift to the University of Calgary to grow its entrepreneurial space. This gift provided the opportunity to create the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking which is a foundation to UCalgary’s Innovation Ecosystem. Through the development and growth of Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, partnerships have been formed both internally to create transdisciplinarity partnerships and externally within the community. With the support of the Hunter Family along with the Government of Alberta, the Hunter Student Commons was developed – a building which features leading edge classrooms designed to offer students unique learning opportunities. The initial gift of $40-million has grown exponentially in the opportunities it has created for the UCalgary community.
The Hunter family believes entrepreneurial thinking transforms minds, organizations and society. In 2012, the Hunter Family Foundation created the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Haskayne School of Business.
Six years later, their $40-million donation built on the Hunter Centre’s success to establish the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking so that students, faculty and staff across campus could benefit from entrepreneurial experiences. The Hunter family’s extraordinary gifts to UCalgary continue to expand the impact of entrepreneurial thinking and innovation on campus. Hunter Student Commons honours their transformational vision and impact.
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Mathison Hall is the spectacular new addition to the Haskayne School of Business. Mathison Hall will bring new classrooms, study spaces, gathering spots and bring all students back to one growing home on campus. Supported by over 200 donors who helped to make this building a reality.
Ronald P. Mathison gifted $20 million to the University of Calgary in 2018 to help fund Mathison Hall which is an extension of Scurfield Hall and part of Haskayne School of Business. The Haskayne and Mathison Family have been life-long friends, and as a tribute to their lifelong friendship and the accomplishments from Haskayne School of Business, Ronald Mathison is also leaving a tribute behind with UCalgary through the contribution of Mathison Hall.