A FOCUS ON GIVING Inspiring international experiences B rian MacDonald (’87) has spent much of his career travelling the world, first with General Motors and then with Dell. Most recently the CEO of American petroleum and petrochemical manufacturer Sunoco Inc., the Glace Bay, NS native is based in Philadelphia, PA.  In 2012 MacDonald made his first major gift to Mount Allison to create the Brian P. MacDonald International Experience Bursary. “I view my years at Mount Allison as a Science student as a real solid foundation,” says MacDonald. “I figured out my interests, learned to think and analyze, and built relationships.” Financial aid helped MacDonald become the first person in his family to attend university.  “I have been very fortunate in my career and thought it was important to be able to help the University and its students financially, as I was helped,” he says. After graduation MacDonald pursued his MBA at McGill, where he went on exchange to Manchester, U.K. — the first time he had ever been outside of Canada. This experience would inspire a lifetime love of travel and working internationally. That is why he chose to support international experiences for students at Mount Allison. “Regardless of what students go on to do in their careers, a broader appreciation of the world and other cultures will make them a better and more productive person,” he says. MacDonald hopes the international experience bursary offers students much more than academics. “I want the students to have fun and learn, but more than just in the traditional academic setting,” he says. “Developing a global perspective will serve students well in problem solving for the rest of their lives.” / 31