What can you do with $1.41 billion?
As it turns out, a whole lot of incredible world-changing things. Positive, lasting transformation — fueled by your vision and involvement — is well underway on campus, in our community and beyond
The Energize campaign is defined by a fearless and visionary collective striving for excellence.
This historic initiative is committed to unleashing student potential; to advancing research, new knowledge and innovation; and to building a resilient city and world. Thanks to our exceptionally ambitious and devoted community, we are changing lives and shaping the future for generations to come.
Energize students across all faculties
A stellar example of power in numbers, the Calgary chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW/Calgary) has collectively raised more than a quarter-million dollars over the years — including more than $160,000 during the Energize campaign — to support nearly a dozen scholarships and bursaries at UCalgary, benefitting student across all faculties. Not stopping there, the CFUW/Calgary’s dedicated fundraising efforts have created endowments of most of those awards, ensuring support for generations to come.
Honour a much-loved classmate
There are many ways to ensure the memory of a loved one continues after they have passed — the UCalgary mechanical engineering class of 1976 decided to pay tribute to a classmate by helping others like him. The Dan Mercier Class of 1976 Award in Mechanical Engineering was created in 2006 — and is still supported to this day — by his fellow mechanical engineering grads, along with family and friends of Dan Mercier. Each year, the award supports two promising third-year Schulich School of Engineering students who exemplify Mercier’s admirable work ethic.
Pave a brighter future
The Learn, Lead, Inspire Award was established in 2019 by alumni Slavko Uzelac, BSc (Eng)’09, and Patricia Gonzalez, BA’07, LLB’10, who believe in paying it forward. Each year, the award supports a first-year undergraduate student in STEM studies, with a preference for single parents who have dependent children. Having benefitted from student awards themselves — and recognizing the challenges that come with raising children while going to school — Gonzalez and Uzelac designed the award to lift up those who are working to better themselves and their families.
Establish North America’s largest outdoor classroom
J.C. (Jack) Anderson and his daughter, Wynne Chisholm, BA’79, donated their family’s cattle ranch — approximately 19,000 acres west of Calgary — to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM), creating W.A. Ranches at the University of Calgary. The gift is remarkable not only for its size — it’s the largest ranch donation in North America and the largest gift of acres to a Canadian university — but also in what it offers to UCVM students. As a working cattle ranch, W.A. Ranches allows for the study of cattle in a complex, real-farm environment, enabling research that can improve management practices for ranchers as well as academic programming that produces better veterinarians with more hands-on experience.
Champion public health and education
Robustly reimagined through a transformational gift from Gail and David O’Brien (both Hon. LLD’10), the O’Brien Institute for Public Health is a magnet for innovative minds across the health sciences spectrum. The Institute advocates for better solutions and models of care and generates crucial data to improve health and health care for everyone. To date, the O’Briens have donated more than $21 million to UCalgary health research and education initiatives.
Advance infectious disease research
A transformative gift from Joan Snyder, Hon. LLD’11, established the Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases in 2008. Her continued support of the Institute and its core facilities has brought international recognition and acclaim to UCalgary during the Energize campaign, attracting government and philanthropic dollars to open the Live Cell Imaging Resource Laboratory and the International Microbiome Centre. The infrastructure created through Joan’s generosity supports UCalgary’s efforts to combat COVID-19, and fuels scientists who are changing the lives of people suffering from infectious and chronic diseases.