Joan Snyder receiving the Order of Canada

Celebrating Joan Snyder's legacy

“Philanthropy is more than money, it’s helping people. The community coming together, each giving what they can and supporting each other, just as my parents taught me.”

Joan Snyder, Hon. LLD’11, CM

Joan Snyder was a visionary philanthropist, “grandmother of Canadian women’s hockey” and a true friend to the community. Her generous $67.5-million gift to the University of Calgary will take chronic-disease research, sport science and athletics to new heights — for the benefit of all Canadians.

We are honoured to carry on her compassion and dedication by helping the people and community she loved, for generations to come.

Joan Snyder Order of Canada

Known to create her own path, forge new ground and to do things that were unexpected at the time, Joan was a truly engaging and humble individual. Her enthusiasm, zest for life and friendship were infectious.

Four women at a hockey game holding a sign that says: Thanks, Joan

It was important for Joan that she advocate for the needs of women and girls. She was particularly passionate about women’s health, wellness and excellence in sport and was a driving force behind the success of women’s hockey in Canada.