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Mount Allison University receives $5-million gift from Ron Joyce
Oct 27, 2008

SACKVILLE, NB — One of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs is paving the way for the next generation of business leaders. Ron Joyce, honorary degree holder, Tim Hortons co-founder, member of the Order of Canada and Canadian Business Hall of Fame, has donated $5,000,000 to establish the Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies at Mount Allison University.

At a time of global economic uncertainty Ron Joyce says this is an investment with promising returns. “When I was the owner of the Tim Hortons chain, I held myself and my employees to the highest standards. In the same way, Mount Allison University provides its students with a superior education, and I’m delighted to support an institution that shares the values that have shaped my successes — innovation, opportunity, experience, and the pursuit of excellence.”

The Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies is housed in the heart of Mount Allison’s campus in the Avard-Dixon Building. The new Centre contains an open-style, community meeting place that characterizes business schools and allows a high-energy collaborative social environment. Additional improvements include new case rooms, and boardrooms that double as tutorial or seminar rooms.

The Centre will also attract an increased number of Commerce students to the University. The Program is expected to grow by 200 students over the next four years.

Additional gains stemming from Ron Joyce’s generous gift include funds to attract the country’s top entrepreneurs and educators — creating new teaching positions, visiting scholars, and executive-in-residence opportunities on campus. The student experience will be further improved with an increase in student conference travel, field trips, guest speaker series, case competitions, international exchanges, summer internships, and research opportunities.

Building on Ron Joyce’s generosity, the University will fund raise an additional $5,000,000 — for a total investment of $10 million — as it advances to the forefront of undergraduate business education in North America.

Photo caption (l-r): Mount Allison President Dr. Robert Campbell, fourth-year Commerce student Mary James Fisher, CEO of Fox Harb’r Resort and Ron Joyce Foundation Trustee Steven Joyce, and Commerce Department Head Associate Professor Paul Berry pose for a photograph after the gift announcement.


For further information please contact Tracy Bell, Communications Officer, Mount Allison University (506) 364-2529 (

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