Kwantlen Polytechnic University renamed it Business School following a $ 8 million donation.

The former KPU School of Business is now called the Melville School of Business, after George Melville, the co-founder of Boston Pizza International Inc.

“Sylvia and I are very proud to be able to make this investment in the future of the KPU School of Business,” said George Melville, who served as the KPU’s second chancellor from 2014 to 2020. “We hope that the Advanced Teaching and Learning Fund will improve students’ educational experience for many years to come. There are also funds for scholarships and grants that make the KPU’s excellent economic program more accessible to students than ever before. “

The donation includes:

– $ 3 million to establish the Melville School of Business Advanced Teaching and Learning Technology Fund, which will provide students with the most advanced teaching technology and equipment used in business and industry;

– $ 2 million to create the Melville School of Business Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides $ 100,000 annually in grants for business students;

– $ 1 million to set up the Melville School of Business Endowed Bursary Fund, which provides $ 50,000 annually in grants for business students;

– $ 1 million to create the Melville School of Business Endowed Scholarship Fund for post-graduate students, which provides $ 50,000 in scholarships for post-graduate business students;

– $ 500,000 to the Melville School of Business Case Competition Endowment Fund, which provides $ 25,000 annually to help business students participate in case competitions;

– $ 450,000 to create the Melville School of Business Incubator Fund, which will provide the seed funding necessary to launch and support the operations of the Melville School of Business Venture Fund;

– $ 50,000 for the Melville School of Business Activation Fund, which will help rebrand the Melville School of Business.

Alan Davis, President and Vice Chancellor of the KPU, said the donation “will create tremendous opportunities for students and faculty, and will greatly improve the image of both the business school and the KPU.”

The Melvilles previously donated $ 500,000 to help create the Melville Center for Dialogue on the Richmond campus. They have also donated millions to organizations in BC including the Union Gospel Mission, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Peace Arch Hospital, St. Paul’s IBD Center, Covenant House, and the Rick Hansen Foundation.

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