Cal­gary’s big givers

Calgary Herald - - PEOPLE PHILANTHROPY - — Com­piled by Karen Crosby and Norma Marr, Cal­gary Her­ald

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

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