Geoffrey Cumming donates $100 Million to UofC School of Medicine

Posted June 17th, 2014 in blog by Doug Black

(Todd Korol For The Globe and Mail)

Some exciting news for the University of Calgary today. Local businessman and UofC alumnus Geoffrey Cumming made an incredible gift of $100 million to the University’s medical faculty. The gift is one of the largest philanthropic gifts ever given to a Canadian university and the largest ever bestowed to an Alberta post-secondary institution.

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Jim Dinning: A Community Leader and Model Albertan

Posted June 13th, 2014 in blog, Statement by Doug Black


Jim Dinning has made an enormous contributions to Alberta from a career spanning government, business, and the non-profit sector. On July 1, Jim steps down as the Chancellor of the University of Calgary.

Jim DinningI have had the great pleasure to know Jim since we first met in grade 11. In the Senate today, I had the opportunity to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of my good friend. You can listen to my statement above (it cuts in a bit late). I have also included a transcript below.

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Irv and Dianne Kipnes make major gift to lymphedema research at the University of Calgary

Posted September 26th, 2013 in blog by Doug Black

Today, Irving and Dianne Kipnes announced that they would be donating $5 million towards lymphedema research at the University of Calgary. Dianne, who suffers from lymphedema as a result of her cervical cancer treatment, hopes the gift will help others get the help they need. It is estimated that up to 60 per cent of cancer survivors are or will face a situation of lymphedema.

Their donation will assist the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine and the Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases.

I want to congratulate both Irv and Dianne on their wonderful gift. Philanthropy such as this makes a huge contribution to important university research, and their donation will help raise awareness about this serious and little-understood disease.

For more information on the gift, view Global Edmonton’s article