The alumni of the Ivey Business School are once again supporting their alma mater, as Gilles Ouellette, HBA’69, MBA’70, president and chief executive officer (private client group) for BMO Financial Group, presented a $2 million gift to the school in support of its new building. In recognition of the donation, the main auditorium in Ivey’s new building will be named the BMO Financial Group Auditorium.
The gift enhances BMO’s support of Western’s $750 million Be Extraordinary fundraising campaign and Ivey’s Campaign for Leadership, which will generate a $200 million investment in Ivey.
“I’m pleased to be here to make this donation on behalf of BMO Financial Group and, in particular, on behalf of the many Western and Ivey alumni at BMO who currently work at BMO or have in the past and have benefitted from this dynamic learning institution,” Ouellette said on April 4.
The BMO Financial Group Auditorium is a two-level, 7,200 square foot, state-of-theart facility, which seats up to 640 people. It features the latest in videoconferencing technology and will be used for milestone special occasions such as Homecoming and the Ivey Ring Tradition Ceremony. Throughout the year, the auditorium will host distinguished speakers, not only for students but also for faculty who will lead symposiums and other academic and practitioner forums.
“We deeply appreciate BMO’s commitment to business education. The BMO Financial Group Auditorium will be an inspirational place of knowledge sharing, collaboration and learning. It is a tangible symbol of the academic excellence Western and Ivey have achieved over the decades,” said Carol Stephenson, Ivey dean.
Through Western’s ambitious fundraising campaign, Be Extraordinary, we are raising the bar to enrich The Western Experience.
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