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Power Corp Gives a Chair for the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs


A half-a-million dollar gift from an international management and holding company based in Quebec will help Glendon continue to attract outstanding public leaders. Power Corporation of Canada contributed $500,000 to support Glendon’s visiting professorship program in the School of Public and International Affairs. The funds will attract a rotating series of academic scholars and public officials to research and teach within the School’s Master’s program, the first bilingual public affairs program in Canada.

“Power Corporation’s commitment is a remarkable acknowledgement of Glendon College and its unique role as a Centre of Excellence for French-language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education in Southern Ontario,” says Glendon College Principal Kenneth McRoberts.

The five-year investment builds on Glendon’s reputation for attracting leading international public officials to serve as guest speakers and visiting professors. Glendon’s recent high-profile guest list includes Member of Parliament Stéphane Dion; former Chief Justice of Ontario Roy McMurtry; Nathalie Des Rosier, General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association; and former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister John Manley.

Power Corporation’s gift, championed by Paul Desmarais Jr and Executive Vice-President John Rae, is part of Glendon’s Leadership for Global Challenges campaign, which aims to double to $10 million support already received from alumni, corporations and community leaders. The gift will be matched by York University, bringing to $1 million the total available for visiting professors.

“Power Corporation shows their faith in the future of Glendon and its essential role in Francophone society in Ontario and Canada,” concludes McRoberts. “Their important contribution will continue to assist in the kind of postsecondary education that we offer here at the College and I wish to express our deep appreciation.”

Published on March 8, 2012