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Schulich names new Graduate Study & Research Building in honour of entrepreneurs Rob and Cheryl McEwen

Schulich names new Graduate Study & Research Building in honour of entrepreneurs Rob and Cheryl McEwen

Rob and Cheryl McEwen’s $8-million donation to the Leading Change campaign one of largest gifts received by the Schulich School of Business

TORONTO – Monday, September 18, 2017 – The Schulich School of Business at York University is proud to announce that its new Graduate Study & Research Building will be named in honour of Rob and Cheryl McEwen, long-time supporters of the School who are known for their leadership, entrepreneurialism and philanthropy.

The naming of the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building, which will open in late spring 2018, was celebrated yesterday during an unveiling ceremony at the new building’s construction site next to the School’s Keele Street campus. Following the milestone announcement, the McEwens joined York University President & Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton, Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth and other dignitaries and guests for a celebratory reception that featured an Innovation and Discovery Gallery showcasing the School’s Centres of Excellence and Research Office.

The Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building will stand among the most environmentally sustainable academic buildings in North America and is a cornerstone element of the School's Leading Change fundraising and alumni engagement campaign, which aims to raise $50 million by 2021. To date, Leading Change has raised close to $35 million. Leading Change is an initiative of IMPACT: The Campaign for York University, which has a fundraising goal of $500 million with more than $350 million raised to date.

The McEwen’s $8-million donation is one of the largest gifts ever received by the Schulich School of Business. With this new donation, the McEwens have donated more than $10 million to the School.

“The Schulich community is honoured and privileged to receive this valuable support from Rob and Cheryl McEwen, two of Canada’s most inspiring philanthropic and business leaders, who understand the critical importance of continued investment in leading management research and graduate education,” said Dezsö J. Horváth, Dean of Schulich School of Business. “The Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building, as part of the overall Schulich School of Business complex, will provide an ideal environment for faculty, visiting scholars, corporate and government leaders, as well as students and other stakeholders to collaborate and engage in new research discoveries, as our School continues to remain at the forefront of management education and research.”

“We are thrilled and so proud to have this opportunity to support the School’s new Graduate Study & Research Building,” said Rob and Cheryl McEwen. “As long-time members of the Schulich alumni community, we appreciate the transformational developments that have taken place at Schulich and that have helped it earn recognition as one of the world’s leading business schools.”

“Rob and Cheryl McEwen’s gift represents a milestone announcement in a number of ways,” said Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor of York University. “It is one of the largest gifts received by the Schulich School to date, and it will enable us to continue providing new, state-of-the-art spaces for our students, faculty and staff, creating the best possible environments in which to advance the world-class teaching, learning and research excellence underway here at York. We are deeply grateful to Rob and Cheryl, longtime friends and supporters of York University, for ensuring that Schulich remains one of the world’s leading innovators and global forces.”

Rob McEwen, a former Schulich Graduate Business Council president who graduated with an MBA in 1978, is one of seven co-chairs of Schulich’s Leading Change campaign and sits on the Dean’s Advisory Council. The Founder and former Chairman and CEO of Goldcorp, McEwen is Chairman and Chief Owner of McEwen Mining. Inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2017, Rob McEwen was awarded the Order of Canada in 2007 and was named Canada’s Most Innovative CEO by Canadian Business magazine in 2006, among other honours. In 2005, McEwen received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University.

Cheryl McEwen is a community leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She has received the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for her contributions to advance research in regenerative medicine and stem cells. Cheryl McEwen’s leadership roles include serving as Vice-Chair of UHN Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, which raises money for research, education and enhanced patient care. She is also an entrepreneur, having worked for 25 years within the fashion industry, and is the founder of Make My Day Foods Inc. and the creator and manufacturer of The Veggie Puck ®, an organic, frozen and nutrient-dense vegetable mixture to add to drinks.

As philanthropic leaders, the McEwens have invested more than $50 million over the years in support of excellence and innovation within the health care and education sectors.

Designed by the award-winning international architectural firm Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, the 67,000 square-foot building will address the need for increased student study and social space, as well as accommodate growth in new academic programs and modern research facilities to accommodate the School’s growing research activity and research culture. Schulich’s Research Office and Centres of Excellence, including the Centre for Responsible Business, the Centre for Global Enterprise, the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure, and a future Centre of Excellence in Business Analytics, will all be housed in the new building.

The building will include many technical features at the forefront of environmental sustainability in North America. It will optimize the use of solar energy and use shading devices to maximize daylight. A 27-metre high solar chimney will drive passive natural ventilation and pre-heat the air intake. The building will be among the very few in Canada to incorporate Thermally Active Building Systems – radiant heating and cooling. The building will also feature a green roof and rainwater recapture system, as well as a number of other leading-edge technical features.

About Schulich

Known as Canada’s Global Business School™, the Schulich School of Business in Toronto is ranked among the world’s leading business schools by a number of global surveys. Schulich’s MBA program is ranked #1 in the world by Corporate Knights, the world’s largest circulation magazine with an explicit focus on Corporate Social Responsibility, in a global survey that identifies which schools are doing the best job of preparing future business leaders for the environmental, social and ethical complexities of modern-day business. Schulich’s MBA program is also ranked #1 in Canada and among the world’s leading schools by The Economist, Forbes, CNN Expansión and América Economía. Schulich is also ranked among the world’s top 35 business schools for a career in investment banking in a global survey by The Kellogg-Schulich EMBA program is ranked #5 in the world by The Economist and #1 in Canada by the Financial Times of London. For complete ranking details, please visit

Global, innovative and diverse, Schulich offers business programs year-round at its state-of-the-art complex at York University; at its Miles S. Nadal Management Centre located in the heart of Toronto’s financial district; and at its new campus in Hyderabad, India. Schulich also operates a number of satellite centres in Beijing and Shanghai, China; Mumbai, India; Seoul, South Korea; Mexico City, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Schulich offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate business degrees that lead to rewarding careers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and has approximately 30,000 alumni working in over 90 countries. The School pioneered Canada’s first International MBA (IMBA) and International BBA (iBBA) degrees, as well as North America’s first ever cross-border Executive MBA degree, the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA. In addition to Schulich’s Master of Finance, Master of Management and Master of Accounting degrees, the School launched one of the world’s first Master of Business Analytics and Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure degrees. Schulich’s Executive Education Centre provides executive development programs annually to more than 12,000 executives in Canada and abroad.


About York University
York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university –our 11 faculties and 26 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 295,000 alumni. York U's fully bilingual Glendon campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

For more information, members of the media may contact:

Beth Marlin, Media Relations and Public Relations, Schulich School of Business,

(905) 717-6278,

Anjum Nayyar, York University Media Relations, (416) 736 2100 ext. 44543,