Faculty of Science

Notable Gifts & Givers

Each contribution to the Faculty of Science at Western enhances our ability to offer an engaging learning experience as well as innovative research programs. The list below demonstrates our appreciation for those generous gifts of the past six months which continue to help us build on our strengths in science education and investigation.

July 2010

Roxar Software Solutions generous US$6.2 million donation to the Department of Earth Sciences allows students to use state-of-the-art software.

The Houston-based company, a leading international technology solutions provider to the upstream oil and gas industry, provided an entire suite of reservoir modeling software for the department. Students are going to benefit tremendously from this latest addition to the department, allowing geoscientists to bring together a wide range of different data types and visualize subsurface geological strata in three dimensions.

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June 2010

Eastmain Resources Inc. gift of $20,000 supported the purchase of two petrographic microscopes in the Department of Earth Sciences. Don Robinson, President and CEO of Eastmain Resources Inc., graduated from the Department of Earth Sciences in 1982 with his PhD in Geology. Don has been very supportive and active in moving our Resource Geosciences Initiative forward and sits as a member of our Dean’s Advisory Council for the Initiative.

With this donation, the fundraising for the microscopes for the petrographic laboratory has now been completed. Each microscope will be engraved with the name of the donor to honour their support.

North Atlantic Resources Ltd. gave a gift of $20,000. The donation will support the purchase of two petrographic microscopes in the Department of Earth Sciences. Scott Waldie, President and CEO of North Atlantic Resources has indicated that many members of their team have looked to Professor Emeritus Bob Hodder as a mentor and leader in the field of exploration geology. The team makes this donation to thank Bob for his continuing mentorship.

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May 2010

Peter W. Holmes of Tuscon, Arizona gave a gift of $10,000. Peter graduated from the Department of Earth Sciences in 1987 with a MSc in Geology. Peter is the CEO of General Mining Properties Inc.

This donation will be used to purchase one petrographic microscope for the third and fourth year laboratories. These are the laboratories where students learn ore and mineral identification, observe textures, and interpret mineralogy. The laboratories provide focused one-on-one learning with faculty and teaching assistants, and time for independent discovery. The replacement of the aging microscopes is paramount in order to provide our earth sciences students with the best teaching and research experience possible.

Robert Wares made a gift of $100,000 to support the Robert Hodder Chair in Economic Geology. Robert Wares is a new friend and supporter of Western Earth Sciences. Robert is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Osisko Mining Corporation based in Montreal. This donation will support such activity as the establishment of an experimental laboratory for ore deposit research and a fluid inclusion and ore petrology laboratory. These labs will be used for teaching and research purposes in the Department of Earth Sciences.

The Robert Hodder Chair in Economic Geology is a key component of the Initiative to Enhance Economic and Energy Resource Geology. Dr. Robert Linnen will join Western on July 1, 2010 as the Robert Hodder Chair in Economic Geology.

Dean McDonald made a gift of $100,000 to support the Initiative to Enhance Economic and Energy Resource Geology. Dean graduated with a PhD in 1990 from the Department of Earth Sciences and is currently the VP of Exploration at Hecla Mining based in Vancouver. Dean also sits as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Initiative to Enhance Economic and Energy Resource Geology.

The $100,000 gift will support the Robert W. Hodder Chair in Economic Geology ($80,000) and the purchase of 2 petrographic microscopes ($20,000) for third and fourth year student laboratories.

Robert (Bob) Hodder donated a gift of $10,000 to support the purchase of a petrographic microscope. Bob made the lead donation for the microscope campaign and challenges alumni to support the cause. There will be more announcements regarding this campaign shortly.

Dale Wallster made a gift of $20,000 to the Department of Earth Sciences. Dale graduated from the Department of Earth Sciences in 1979 with an Honours Degree in Geology and is the President and Founder of Roughrider Uranium.

This generous donation will be used to purchase two petrographic microscopes for the third and fourth year laboratories. Dale has previously donated $90,000 to Western Earth Sciences and continues to be one of our most loyal supporters.

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October 2009

Divestco contributed a generous gift in kind of $2.35 Million. Divestco is a growth-oriented company that provides a comprehensive and integrated portfolio of software, data, services and consulting to the oil and gas industry. This donation of software will support the work of the Bell Chair in Petroleum Geology, Dr. Burns Cheadle. This software will be used for teaching and research purposes.

Schlumberger Canada Ltd gave a gift in kind of software worth $498, 067. Schlumberger Canada Limited is an oilfield services provider. The software being donated is the Petrel 2009 which will also be used in the lab supported by the Bell Chair in Petroleum Geology held by Dr. Burns Cheadle.

geoLOGIC Systems Limited donated a gift in kind of software worth $362, 720. geoLOGIC is an independent software company with a goal of providing improved software and data to the Oil & Gas industry. The donated software will be used in the lab supported by the Bell Chair in Petroleum Geology helf by Dr. Burns Cheadle.

Dick and Beryl Hutchinson supported the Suffel and Dana Collections in the Department of Earth Sciences with a gift of $10,000. Dick and Beryl are both alumni and Dick is a former, well respected faculty member in the Department of Earth Sciences. Both Dick and Beryl are very passionate about securing a proper home for these important collections of geologic material. The Suffel/Dana Collection - is made up of rock and mineral specimens of significant value, not only for scientific research, but also as resources for industrial partners in the mineral and petroleum sectors, as tools in undergraduate and graduate education, and as exhibits for public outreach. Many of the specimens are now unique because the outcrops from which they were taken have been lost to science. This donation will be in support of securing a permanent home for these world-class collections. The Hutchinsons have committed to making a further donation to support the Suffel/Dana Collections in the very near future.

Anonymous Donor gave $10,000 in support of the William S. Fyfe Distinguished Scientist-in-Residence. The Fyfe Scientist-in-Residence will continue building upon Professor Fyfe's outstanding legacy of teaching and research, particularily in the area of Natural Resource and Environmentally Sustainable Development. The first Scientist-in-Residence should be announced by year end.

Dorothy Emery donated a gift of $10,000 to support the OGS program. This gift will result in $30,000 of support for the OGS program in Science and the Department of Chemistry.

Also make note of a number of smaller gifts to support: Women in Science, Biology Field Schools, the Fyfe Distinguished Scientist-in-Residence and memorial gifts all totaling approximately $3,500.

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September 2008

London Life gave a gift of $105,000 from in support of the London Life Actuarial Career Scholarships in the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences. These are generous two and three-year continuing awards that provide actuarial sciences students with scholarships based on high academic standing and leadership skills, as well as the opportunity for summer work placements with London Life.

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August 2006

Mr. Clifford James (BSc 1969 Geology) gave a generous gift of $105,000 to the William S. Fyfe Chair in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. Mr James' gift will be utilized as expendable funds in order to support the Interim Chair, Visiting Lecturers and a Graduate student scholarship in Sustainable Development.

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March 2006

Mr. Randy Turner made a generous donation of $50,000 to the Faculty of Science. Mr. Turner gave this gift in order to honour his father, Mr. A. Mark Turner, who passed away in February.
A. Mark Turner was a graduate of the Department of Geology in 1950. The scholarship will create an expendable undergraduate Scholarship for a third year Geology major. This scholarship will be named the A. Mark Turner Memorial Scholarship in Geology.

Mrs. Evelyn Smith gave a generous gift of $642,000 to the Faculty of Science. This gift is in memory of her late husband, Wendell Smith, who was a Science graduate. (Hon BA Physics and MA 40)

The funds will establish the Wendell R. Smith Graduate Fellowships Fund and the Wendell R. Smith Research Fund in the Faculty of Science.

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February 2006

A generous anonymous combined gift of $25,000 from a staff member at Surface Science Western and two Western alum trained at Surface Science Western. This gift will create an endowment to support the Dr. Stewart McIntyre Undergraduate Prize in Surface Science, the Dr. Stewart McIntyre Graduate Prize in Surface Science and the Dr. Stewart McIntyre Summer Student Prize in Surface Science. This donation was made to honour the contributions of Dr. Stewart McIntyre in Surface Science research at Western.

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December 2005

Opto-Electronics Inc of Oakville donated a Gift in Kind of $35,000 to the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The equipment donated includes a Wire Bonder, Network Analyzer, S-Parametre Test Kit and an Oscilloscope Mainframe. All pieces of equipment will be utilized by faculty and students in various labs and classrooms for research and teaching purposes.

Mr. Arnim Walter donated $64,000 to the Department of Earth Sciences. Mr. Walter gave a portion of his precious personal collection of geologic material gathered from various parts of the globe. In total, they are in excess of 10,000 pieces. These specimens will be utilized by the Department for teaching and research purposes.

The Baker Family Foundation gave $5,000 to the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program. This donation will result in $15,000 to support a Graduate Student in the Computer Science Department. Mr. Rick Baker graduated with an Honors Bachelor degree from the Computer Science Department at Western Science in 1986.

An anonymous donation of $5,000 was made to the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences to support the Graduate Student Fund in the Department.

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November 2005

Mr. Morris (Mo) Chambers - former VP and Senior Actuary at London Life- gave a gift in kind valued at $6,000. Mr. Chambers donated a very extensive number of Acturial Science journals, books and symposium reports. These materials are being held in the Help Centre in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences for use by students, faculty, staff and members of the general public. This is the second installment of journals donated by Mr. Chambers over the past year. Mr. Chambers graduated with an Honours BSc in Mathematics in 1959.

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September 2005

Divestco Inc. made a gift in-kind contribution -estimated value just over $1.4 million - towards the Faculty of Science. Divestco Inc., a Calgary based oil and gas software, data, seismic brokerage, and technical services company, made a generous contribution of providing a new web-based software that will be used for the purpose of teaching and research in the Department of Earth Sciences. Students will have the opportunity to work with this new system as early as next month.

Pearson Education Canada donated $10,000 to support the PRESSWestern Project being conducted by Tom Haffie in the Department of Biology. Tom Haffie is the Coordinator of the Personal Response Support System project (PRESSWestern) which will be implemented in first-year Biology and Physics this year. Instructors ask structured questions and students respond by pressing the appropriate button on a "clicker" device. Using the clickers makes it easier for bi-directional information flow - allowing for a more conversational atmosphere, even in very large classes. As well, the study uncovers a further benefit -- a change in help-seeking behaviour. The key question being asked by this research is whether there is something about the feedback generated from the project that will get those students that don't generally ask for assistance to get the help they need.

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July 2005

The Henry and Berenice Kaufmann Foundation gave a cash gift of $25,000 toward the Biotron CFI project. This is the Foundation's second gift to Western. This gift is most notable as it represents the first major cash gift being made toward this significant national and international project.

Mrs. Ella Norton gave a generous gift of $50,000 to the Faculty of Science. This donation is to honour her late husband, James H. Norton, who was a graduate of the Department of Chemistry at Western Science. The gift will be used to establish the James H. Norton Memorial Award Fund at Foundation Western. The award will support undergraduate students in the Department of Chemistry pursuing an Honors Specialization in Chemistry or a double Major in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

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