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Ian Telfer pledges $2 million to the University of Ottawa

Ian Telfer

The University of Ottawa is proud to announce that Ian Telfer has committed a $2 million planned gift to the School of Management that bears his name. In 2007, Mr. Telfer contributed $25 million to the University, the largest private naming gift ever made to a Canadian business school.

“Making a planned gift is something all alumni can do to help future generations of students,” stated Ian Telfer. “Being a donor is very rewarding and it really keeps you connected to your alma mater.”

François Julien, Dean of the Telfer School of Management, stated: “At the Telfer School, we strive to create relevant management knowledge and develop influential leaders who transform lives, organizations and communities. His future contribution will help us to maintain strong connections with businesses and the community in order to continuously enhance our programs.”

Mr. Telfer also became a member of the University of Ottawa’s “Defy the Conventional” Campaign Cabinet. This campaign, the largest fundraising effort in the university’s history, has set a lofty goal of raising $400 million, which will enable the University to continue its unparalleled teaching and research activities.

“Ian Telfer understands the positive and transformative impact of philanthropy,” said Allan Rock, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ottawa. “His ongoing support for our university is demonstrative of his generosity and a desire to help his alma mater continue to advance as a competitive research university that offers students the best quality learning environment possible.”

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About Ian Telfer

Ian Telfer has served as Chairman of the Board of Goldcorp since November 2006, and President and Chief Executive Officer of its predecessor, Wheaton River Minerals Ltd., since 2001. He also served as Chairman of the World Gold Council from 2009 to 2013. 

Mr. Telfer has over 30 years of experience in the precious metals business. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has served as a director and officer of several Canadian and international companies. He graduated from the University of Ottawa with an MBA in 1976. 

He has received numerous awards including being named Ernst & Young’s Western Canada Entrepreneur of the year in 2007 and being elected to the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2015.

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