$3-million gift to prepare WesternU students for career in leadership and engineering

June 3, 2013

Western University’s Faculty of Engineering and Ivey Business School were given a $3-million gift from John M. and Melinda Thompson this week, which will go towards strengthening the academic experience of WesternU’s engineering students. The university will match a $1.5 million portion of the gift, creating a $3-million endowment to establish the John M. Thompson Chair in Engineering Leadership and Innovation. The remaining $1.5 million will provide for the John M. Thompson Visiting Industry Fellowship in Engineering and Leadership, a total of 7 student awards, and the John M. Thompson Case Studies & Curriculum Development Fund. “I have personally experienced the benefits of combining a Western Engineering degree with the business education offered by Ivey Business School. Enabling Western’s engineering students to build their business knowledge as part of their engineering education will provide them with a significant advantage. Melinda and I are enormously pleased to be able to support this initiative,” says John M. Thompson, philanthropist and former President and CEO of IBM Canada. WesternU News Release