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University of Windsor

May 31, 2012 08:00 ET

Roast for UWindsor's Chancellor Raises $5.3 Million Toward Centre for Engineering Innovation

BMO Financial Group Announces a $2.5 Million Gift for Collaborative Learning Forum

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 31, 2012) -

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The University of Windsor's Chancellor, The Honourable Ed Lumley, P.C., was a willing target of endless barbs about everything from his hair to his football skills, delivered by former Prime Ministers, Premiers and federal and provincial cabinet ministers during a roast that helped raise $5.3 million for the new Centre for Engineering Innovation (CEI).

During the event, held in Toronto's Royal York Hotel on May 30, 2012, President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Alan Wildeman announced that the 300,000 square-foot facility will be named the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation. The new $112 million home for the Faculty of Engineering will be a world-class hub for innovation when it opens this fall.

The largest contribution announced during the event was a $2.5 million gift from BMO Financial Group to fund the BMO Collaborative Learning Forum, within the new facility. This 350-seat flexible classroom will feature state-of-the-art audio and video technology that will set a new benchmark for the teaching and learning experience.

"BMO is proud to support a strong and vibrant future for the University of Windsor," said Tom Milroy, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Capital Markets. "Ed Lumley has made a remarkable contribution to both the public and private sectors throughout his career, and we're thrilled to see his name honoured with this important new facility. We hope that the BMO Collaborative Learning Forum, located in the building named for Ed, is worthy of his vision for the university."

Details of other corporate and personal donations that were pledged at the event will be announced in the days and months ahead.

Dr. Wildeman said "Ed played a vital role in bringing the Centre for Engineering Innovation to life. I thank BMO Capital Markets, and all of the donors and friends who joined in this great evening of celebration. They are all valued partners, along with our provincial and federal governments, in helping us shape the future of innovation in Canada. It is an honour to us and a tribute to Ed's friends and family that his name will be on the building."

Peter Mansbridge, host of CBC's The National was the master of ceremonies for the event that saw over 500 in attendance, representing Canada's top politicians, business leaders and friends and alumni of the University of Windsor.

"It's a great honour to have my name attached to this important new facility at the University of Windsor," said Mr. Lumley. "I'm proud to be closely associated with two institutions - the University and BMO - that have joined with others to ensure the long-term strength and vitality of this essential centre of innovation. This is indeed a great day for Windsor."

Sandra Pupatello, Director of Business Development and Global Markets for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, former MPP for Windsor West, and the former Minister of Economic Development and Trade was the chair for the event. She said, "The Engineering school was a big part of my work as an MPP, so to now assist in raising funds for it through a roast of our Chancellor seems very appropriate. This dinner allows us to poke some fun at Ed, while raising important donors and new relationships in the Toronto market. I hope this is just the beginning of corporate Canada getting to know the gem of southwestern Ontario - the University of Windsor."

Ed Lumley was born in Windsor and graduated from Assumption University of Windsor in 1961. He has served as a Member of Parliament and as a Minister of the Crown in several portfolios including Industry, International Trade, Science & Technology, etc. His career has also included board directorships at BMO Nesbitt Burns, Magna International, Bell Canada Enterprises, Canadian National Railway and Daimler Chrysler. Mr. Lumley has served as the University of Windsor's Chancellor since 2006 and is a strong supporter of all things Windsor.

For more information about the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation, including a virtual tour and construction progress photos, please visit:

Founded in 1963, the University of Windsor has close to 16,000 full-time and part-time students. The University of Windsor's mission is to enable people to make a better world through education, scholarship, research and engagement.

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  • University of Windsor
    Lori Lewis
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    519-253-3000 ext. 3241 or Cell: 519-564-9908

    University of Windsor
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    Windsor, ON N9B 3P4