emorial is committed to finding
innovative and cost-effective methods of instruction for students and to
supporting research in areas relevant to the province's economic growth.
With funds raised through The Opportunity Fund, the university has
been able to increase its support for innovation in teaching and
Among the lead gifts in this area is a new research chair in
telecommunications. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
(NSERC)/NewTel/Nortel Research Chair in Telecommunications Engineering and
Information Technology has been made possible through a $500,000 donation
by NewTel Enterprises Ltd. and Nortel (Northern Telecom). A $250,000 gift
from Terra Nova Development is being used to create the Terra Nova Project
Chair in Ocean Environmental Risk Engineering. The Royal Bank of Canada
made a $225,000 contribution to establish the Virtual Design Centre to
build on the university's expertise in distance education. The Iron Ore
Company of Canada has designated $400,000 of their $650,000 contribution
to The Opportunity Fund to establish a Community Learning Centre in
Labrador City. The centre will develop science, engineering and corporate
training programs for new distance-distributed learning applications.
On Sept. 11, 1997, Petro-Canada announced a $500,000 donation to The
Opportunity Fund campaign to endow the Young Innovator Awards Program
and a research Chair in Women in Science and Engineering at the
university. Dr. Mary Williams has been appointed as the chair holder.
Most recently a gift from alumnus John Kelly sparked the creation of
the Hubert W. Kelly Memorial Chair in Youth-focused Technological
Entrepreneurship. Dr. Bob Richards, formerly CEO of Genesis Organic Inc.,
holds the chair, which was established with nearly $1 million in public
and private sector funding.
Donors' generosity to The Opportunity Fund occasionally came in
the form of books, scientific equipment, computer software, personal
papers and other non-monetary gifts. While they did not qualify for
government matching funds, these in-kind and often unique donations are
highly valued contributions to the university's teaching and research