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Gifts transform numerous programs

Engineering students

Programs across campus benefitted from a series of game-changing gifts this fall, including:

The Linamar Scholarship for Women in Engineering and Business will offer 10 scholarships to female students each year, to fund half the cost of tuition for each of the three years recipients spend in Western’s Engineering and Business Dual Degree Program. The scholarships will also guarantee students a summer co-op at the end of their third and fourth years, plus an offer of full-time employment at Linamar after graduation.


The gift comes from Linamar, its CEO Linda Hasenfratz, Bsc’89, MBA’97, and her husband Ed Newton, and Linamar founder Frank Hasenfratz, LLD’16.

The gift will establish the TD Analytics Hub in the North Campus Building; create the TD Professorship in Data Analytics within the Master of Data Analytics and Data Science program; create four annual TD Women in Data Analytics Bursaries; and support a year-end competition, judged by industry experts, for Master of Data Analytics students to present key learnings from their internships.


Dan, BACS’85, has directed $4.5 million of his gift to create three endowed research chairs in the fields of Consumer Behaviour, Change and Innovation and Corporate Governance. The Corporate Governance Chair will be appointed jointly between DAN Management and the Faculty of Law, and is intended to lead to the creation of a new module in Management and Legal studies, pending approval.

With matching funds from Western, the chairs’ initial endowment is $9 million.

Another $500,000 will establish two endowed Distinguished Lectures in the areas of consumer behaviour and corporate governance, which are designed to help elevate the profile and promote the expertise of the department.

This article appeared in the Winter 2018 edition of Alumni Gazette
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