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BMO Financial Group donates $2 million for expansion of Goodes Hall

From left, BMO's Lloyd Fleming, Kathryn Wizinsky, Kevin Reid, Dean David Saunders, Eric Trip, Louis Tsilivis,Forrest Lothian and Logan Roberge

Queen’s School of Business celebrated a $2 million gift from BMO Financial Group in support of the expansion of Goodes Hall in January. In recognition of BMO’s support, the Goodes Hall Atrium was renamed the BMO Financial Group Atrium. A group of Commerce student leaders helped to unveil the new signage at the ceremony that brought together students, faculty, staff and BMO representatives.

The donation was presented by Eric Tripp, BA’81, President of BMO Capital Markets, to Principal Daniel Woolf and Dean David Saunders.

“We are extremely proud of our longstanding relationship with Queen’s and also our deep commitment to education,” said Mr. Tripp. “Of the nearly $50 million in sponsorships and donations that BMO Financial Group delivers each year in Canada, close to one-third goes toward education.”

David Saunders expressed the School’s appreciation of BMO’s generosity. “With more great teaching, research and learning opportunities, we can expand QSB’s global footprint and alumni network and advance our goal to be one of the most innovative and influential business schools in Canada and the world,” he said. “We are very thankful for BMO’s continued support of QSB and our mission to develop outstanding leaders.”

Queen’s University and BMO Financial Group have been working together since 1867, one of the longest-running business relationships in Canada. In addition to BMO’s support of the new wing at QSB, the bank has also established a professorship recognizing teaching excellence in Finance, as well as the Bank of Montreal National Award, a student award recognizing academic excellence, leadership and community involvement.

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