Volume 95, Issue 54

Tuesday, January 9, 2002
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By Kristina Lundblad
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While renovations are coming to a close at Ivey's on-campus buildings, a fresh coat of paint is all set to be slapped on at the school's Windermere Road conference centre thanks to a generous donation from a business school alumnus.

Donald K. Johnson, vice chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns and an advocate of personal and corporate philanthropy, announced yesterday his $1.3 million donation to his alma mater, the Richard Ivey School of Business.

"This school has meant a great deal to me, ever since my first honours business administration class in September of 1961," Johnson said. "It's a pleasure and an honour to make this commitment."

The gift will support the expansion and renovation of Ivey's Spencer Conference Centre, including a new entrance and reception, meeting room, fitness centre and lounge, said Lori Da Silva, general manager of the centre. Further improvements are planned for 2003, she added.

"Don Johnson has provided much support, in time and energy, to help keep Ivey at the forefront of business schools," said Ivey dean Larry Tapp. "He has been a leader in generating resources for Ivey.

"By directing his gift towards capital improvements at the Spencer Conference Centre, Don is not only helping to upgrade the facilities, but to ensure that Ivey will continue to generate external revenues to solidify our financial position."

To recognize Johnson's gift, the Spencer Conference Centre will rename the north section of the building as the "Donald K. Johnson Executive Wing."

Da Silva said the conference centre – owned by Ivey and managed by Dolce International – is the venue for many executive development programs. However, the centre welcomes anyone wishing to utilize their facilities, including wedding parties. There are 125 guest rooms and 22 meeting rooms, Da Silva said.

Johnson was the Gold Medalist when he graduated from Ivey with his masters of business administration in 1963.

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