Donors and Partners 2019-2020

Philanthropic Impact: Conference and Events

In 2019–20, the Faculty of Social Sciences raised $1 million dollars from 490 alumni, employees, friends, corporate and foundation partners. Due to the support of our generous donors, the faculty was able to host the following conferences and events:

  • July 2019 – Inaugural Bled Future Achievers Leadership Forum attended by 13 adolescent youth of Indigenous and Caribbean backgrounds
  • Oct 2019 – CN–Paul Tellier Annual Forum on Business and Public Policy
  • Oct 2019 – World Mental Health Day Challenge: Graduate Studies (40 participants)
  • Nov 2019 - Shawn and Khush Singh Distinguished Lecture - featuring Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national voice for Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic. (300 participants)
  • Nov 2019 – Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine (100 researchers / students)
  • Dec 2019 – uOttawa Economic Symposium and Marleau Lecture on Economic and Monetary Policy, featuring Olivier Blanchard (100 top economists, policy makers and researchers)
  • Jan 2020 – Mauril Bélanger Conference - Table ronde et présentation du livre d’Yves Frenette et Michel Bock sur l’ACFO
  • Feb 2020 Faculty of Social Sciences Toronto Alumni Event, featuring Camilla Sutton, President and CEO of Women in Capital Markets

Philanthropic Impact: Student Awards and Support

In 2019-2020, donors contributed 500K towards student scholarships and awards, including more than 100K in support of Indigenous students. Some of the new scholarships established are as follows:

  • Little Lotus Scholarship for Iranian Students
  • Little Lotus International Mobility Scholarship (renewal)
  • Thompson Beauchemin Bursary for Indigenous Students
  • Robert and Marie Génier Scholarship for Indigenous Students
  • William Slater Scholarship for Indigenous Students
  • Richard Herman Bursary
  • Duane and Angela Green Economics Bursary

A big thank you to all our donors!

The Faculty of Social Sciences is very grateful for the generosity and support of all our donors. We would like to give a special shout out to the following individuals, corporations, and organizations:

  • Ann B. Denis
  • Lucienne M. Nicolay
  • Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation
  • Nalini Perera
  • Canadian Electricity Association
  • Reginald S. Thompson
  • William G. Slater
  • Richard C. Herman
  • Robert M. Génier
  • Duane W. Green
  • Gérald McNeely
  • Democracy for the Arab World Now
  • The Law Foundation of Ontario

Our outstanding volunteers

We would also like to express our profound gratitude to the Faculty of Social Sciences Campaign Cabinet for their time and commitment to the Faculty, their personal generosity and their willingness to open doors to new partners.

Campaign Cabinet Chair

  • Duane Green, President and CEO, Franklin Templeton Investments

Members at large

  • Hubert Marleau, Co-Founder Palos Management
  • Julie Barker-Merz, Senior Vice-President, South Western Ontario Division, Bank of Montreal
  • Isabelle Roux-Wright, Francophone and West Coast Ambassador
  • Paul de la Plante, Retired Strategic Communications Professional, Entrepreneur
  • Rita Theil, Founder, CEO and President JacKryn Holdings Inc. and Founder of The Women’s Mentor Initiative
  • Shawn Singh, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Luminus Management, LLC
  • Steven Stein, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Multi-Health Systems


Over the past year, Faculty of Social Sciences Campaign Cabinet members have:

  • Hosted a signature lecture and VIP cocktail featuring Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  • Hosted a signature lecture on economic and monetary policy, featuring Olivier Blanchard
  • Hosted a targeted event for Social Sciences alumni in Toronto, featuring Camilla Sutton, President and CEO of Women in Capital Markets
  • Opened doors to companies working in the mining sector
  • Provided feedback on concept notes and proposals
  • Reached out to select alumni to discuss engagement opportunities
  • Shared their career paths and professional insights with uOttawa students and alumni
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