Steve Meston, CIBC Senior Vice-President, Western Canada, Commercial Banking, joined CIBC Lethbridge Branch Manager Kevin Kunigiskis and University of Lethbridge officials to announce the gift, which will be directed toward the construction of the proposed Management and Health Sciences building.
“We are grateful for the support given the U of L by CIBC for this project, said University of Lethbridge President Dr. Bill Cade. This investment in the University will help us expand our space and services to students in two key areas.”
Cade said the Faculty of Management is one of the fastest-growing areas of the University, and the School of Health Sciences is expanding rapidly as well. Both groups are in need of increased teaching and research space, as well as facilities and services for their students. He added that the university sees considerable opportunities for greater cross-collaboration.
“It is happening now, but we’re looking ahead to even more co-operative work once we have the groups in the same facility,” Dr. Cade said
“At CIBC, helping young people to reach their full potential is one focus of our community investment program and we are proud to support the expansion of these two growing faculties,” said Steve Meston.
CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to its clients, employees and communities. CIBC aims to make a difference in communities the bank calls home through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees.
With a strategic focus on youth, education and health, and employee commitment to causes including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the United Way and the CIBC World Markets Children’s Miracle Foundation, CIBC is investing in the social and economic development of communities across the country.
In 2005, the CIBC group of companies contributed more than $42 million worldwide to charitable organizations and community initiatives. Of this, $28 million was invested in Canada to support national, regional and local organizations.
About the Management and Health Sciences Building
The University of Lethbridge has begun fundraising to support the construction of a new facility to house the Faculty of Management and School of Health Science, two steadily-growing areas of the campus community that are in great need of academic and teaching space.
Housing the Faculty of Management and the School of Health Sciences together will serve as a catalyst for collaborative and synergistic learning on the University of Lethbridge campus.
The building will feature state-of-the-art teaching facilities, wireless study spaces, a community meeting area, and the University’s newly established Centres of Research Excellence. These cross-functional units, including the Centre for Health Management Research and the Centre for Socially Responsible Marketing, are engaged in research of relevance to the business and social sectors.
The facility will promote the development of collaborative programs and research, attract outstanding faculty and students to campus and advance the University's mandate for teaching and research excellence.
The new academic building will be a place where the Faculty of Management and the School of Health Sciences come together and ignite new synergies in research, teaching, and learning. The facility will also serve as a venue for community events and professional conferences, solidifying the U of L's link to the business and health care communities.
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