Calgary’s big givers
These are just some of the philanthropists who have donated to city facilities since the 1990s • Murray Edwards, vice-chairman of Canadian Natural Resources, and his wife Heather pledged $1 million in 2009 to create the Edwards Legendary Leaders Series, bringing artists to the Banff Centre. The Edwards also donated $5 million in 2011 toward building the Edwards Family NICU at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
• Dick and Lois Haskayne donated $2 million in 2010 toward an interpretive centre in Haskayne Park established in their honour after a major land donation in 2006. Haskayne also donated $16 million in cash and land to the University of Calgary in 2002.
• David Johnson and Murray Cobbe each donated $5 million in 2010 to build SAIT Polytechnic’s Trades and Technology Complex.
• John Aldred, founder and former chairman of Enerflex Systems donated $15 million in 2010 toward the Aldred Centre, in SAIT’S new Trades and Technology Complex.
• Calgary philanthropists, oilpatch pioneers and
brothers Daryl ( Doc), B.J. and Don Seaman gave $2 million in 2001 toward groundbreaking research into computerized mechanical neurosurgery, through the Seaman Family MR Research Centre. Daryl Seaman’s OH Ranch is conserved through a land deal in 2009 with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. His legacy also lives on through the $10-million Daryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund.
• The Forzani and Macphail Colon Cancer Screening Centre at the university is named for major contributors Keith Macphail and
John Forzani. Macphail, chairman and CEO of Bonavista Energy Trust, also donated $10 million in 2005 toward SAIT’S energy department, creating the Macphail School of Energy and 2,735 student seats, plus 5,898 more apprenticeship seats by the year 2015. The Alberta government matched his donation.
• W. Brett Wilson’s 50th birthday bash in 2007 with 12 friends turning 50 raised $3 million to fight prostate cancer. He also donated $5 million, as did Daryl Seaman, to the $25-million southern Alberta Institute of Urology at Rockyview Hospital.
• The Harvie family sold a massive tract of land to the province in 2006 for $40 million along with a $27-million charitable donation tax receipt. The 1,314 hectares of land will become the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park.
• Businessman Don Taylor and his wife Ruth donated $25 million in 2006 to the University of Calgary for a digital library. Taylor and his son David donated $20 million to Mount Royal University to help build its conservatory. It is the school’s largest private donation ever.
• Calgary financier David Bissett donated $7 million in 2006 to Mount Royal University’s Bissett School of Business, bringing his support to $12 million in a four-year period. Bissett and wife Leslie gave $8.2 million to the Calgary Foundation in 2001.
• Calgary businessman Harley Hotchkiss donated $10 million in 2004 to help create The Hotchkiss Brain Institute.
• Oilman Allan Markin donated $18 million in 2004 to the University of Calgary bringing his total U of C donations to more than $22 million.
• Businessman Bud and Ann Mccaig donated $10 million in 2004 for a Bone and Joint Institute at Foothills Hospital.
• The Alvin and Mona Libin Foundation donated $15 million in 2003 to fund health-care projects and programs.
• Nat Christie Foundation donated $11.5 mil
lion to the U of C.
• Oil and gas entrepreneur J.C. Anderson gave $11 million in shares to the Calgary Foundation in 2001.
• Bob Kolstad, a one-time grain buyer with the Alberta wheat board, left $15 million to the Calgary Foundation in 2001.
• Francis and Marjorie Lefaivre Fund gave $3.9 million to the Calgary Foundation to be distributed to various causes.
• Ted and Lola Rozsa donated $3.5 million in 1997 to the U of C’s Rozsa Centre. The $7.2-million centre is the most visible sign of Rozsa’s long-standing commitment to local arts.
• Sandy and Ann Cross donated 1,942 hectares of ranchland on the south edge of Calgary to form the Ann and Sandy Cross Conservation Area. The Alexander Rothney (Sandy) Cross Estate gave $5.7 million to be distributed through Calgary Foundation.
• Thomas Alan Budd Foundation gave $4.2 million to the Calgary Foundation.
• Lou Maceachern has several funds at the Calgary Foundation valued at $2.3 million. He was Philanthropist of the Year in 2006.
• Dick Matthews has supported the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra since its inception in the ’50s. Matthews donated more than $6 million to the orchestra’s endowment fund in 2005, the largest such contribution in its history. And the following are well-known for donating to a wide variety of causes: Cohen family Len Shapiro Maurice Paperny and Family Kahanoff family and Kahanoff Foundation Jim Kinnear Jenny Belzberg and the Belzberg family Clay Riddell and family Ron Mathison Jim Gray Bill Siebens Shaw family Jim Davidson Brian and Stephanie Felesky Bill Andrew Singer Family Doug and Lois Mitchell Belle Taylor Hank Swartout Sam Kolias Kent Macintyre and Janine Labossiere