$2.5-million donation to uCalgary funds new student leadership program

November 17, 2011

On Wednesday, the University of Calgary announced a $2.5-million gift from Calgary entrepreneur John Simpson and his family that is funding a new 3-year pilot program to enhance current student leadership development at the institution. The donation will be used to centralize and coordinate leadership activities on campus through one cohesive program. The goal of Leadership and Student Engagement is to offer all students the opportunity to acquire valuable personal and professional leadership skills through various training and mentorship programs, community service-learning and other support during their university career. uCalgary states that over 15,000 students have already participated in some aspect of the program, which is the only one of its kind in western Canada. uCalgary News