Become leaders in innovation

That's what we're doing with $1.41 billion

Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking

Energize next-generation entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial thinking is at the forefront of teaching and student discovery at UCalgary, thanks in large part to generous investments from the Hunter Family Foundation. Their $40 million gift expanded entrepreneurship education beyond the Haskayne School of Business, establishing the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking, a nucleus for activities that support student experiences across disciplines, enabling faculty to lead in innovation, and expanding a growing community of entrepreneurial and innovative thinkers.

Empower social entrepreneurs

A $5-million gift from Eleanor, BComm’85, and Wayne Chiu helped make the Haskayne School of Business the destination of choice for students interested in social entrepreneurship. The Trico Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Centre supports unique student experiences inside and outside the classroom, including community-based learning, internships, curriculum and research. Students are empowered with new opportunities and all the support they need to enhance their academic experience. 

Trico Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Centre

Diversify the economy

Wayne Foo, BSc’77, and Parex Resources donated $3.24 million to the Faculty of Science to create the Parex Resources Innovation Fellowships. The gift established five Parex Resources Innovation Fellowships, as well as one Parex Resources Visiting Innovation Fellowship. These positions will empower researchers to lead and conduct research and community partnerships that fuel startups and technology advancement based on new discoveries, insights and innovation.

Professor George Shimizu

Chemistry professor Dr. George Shimizu, PhD (2019-2020 cohort of Innovation Fellows), and his grad student, Roger Mah, are working on carbon capture in mitigating climate change through the removal of greenhouse gases from energy generation. The CREATE Training Program in Carbon Capture brings together science, engineering, political science and business researchers from across Canada to study different aspects of carbon capture.

Dr. Kristina Rinker

Dr. Kristina Rinker’s biomedical engineering research focuses on science and technology development for the advancement of diagnostics and therapeutics in cancer and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Rinker, PhD, is one of the 2019-2020 cohort of Innovation Fellows.

Dr. Peter Facchini

Dr. Peter Facchini, PhD, right, is part of the 2019-2020 cohort of Innovation Fellows. His research is aimed at understanding the biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and physiology of high-value metabolite biosynthesis in plants.


Life science innovation hub lab

Drive innovation — and the economy

An extraordinary gift in kind from Shell Canada Limited transformed the Shell Technology Centre Calgary (STCC) in University Research Park into the Life Sciences Innovation Hub, a dynamic research facility where students, researchers, start-ups and growing companies can access a variety of resources to advance their life science-based businesses.