The Dr. James Gillies Memorial Campaign

In Memory of Dr. James Gillies: A Legacy of Distinction

Dr. James Gillies

Dr. James Gillies, Founding Dean of the Faculty of Administrative Studies, now the Schulich School of Business, was a man of great vision and passion whose all-encompassing commitment to the entire Schulich community as a leader, a teacher, a pioneer, and a philanthropist among others has left an indelible mark in the history of the School.

Dr. Gillies’ vision guided the School from its infancy in 1965 when it first opened its doors to its sustained success today as Canada’s preeminent business school with more than 27,000 alumni working in over 90 countries. Dr. Gillies helped shape the School’s pioneering approach to management education from offering programs to improve management throughout all economic sectors, to the creation of one of the world’s first part-time MBA programs and first-of-its-kind specializations like the MBA/LLB degree and the Arts and Media Administration, and finally, to the introduction of the renowned “601” Strategic Study to the MBA program. In Dean Horváth’s words, “James Gillies’ legacy as a trailblazer in education is legendary.”

Dedicated to advancing student success and recognition, Dr. Gillies’ generous philanthropic support to the School established The James Gillies Award, which recognizes Master’s level students who are enrolled in their second-year of the MBA, IMBA or MPA programs and who have achieved high academic standing and demonstrated significant contribution to the community or university.

A true Renaissance man, Dr. Gillies’ legacy of distinction helped made Schulich the School that it is today – one that’s leading change in management education.

Thank you for celebrating the remarkable life of Dr. James Gillies with a contribution to this special memorial campaign at the Schulich School of Business. Memorial donations will be directed to The James Gillies Award endowed fund.

To contribute to the Dr. James Gillies Memorial Campaign, please visit or contact Ellinore Gomez in the Office of Development at +1 416-736-5648.

Dr. James Gillies Memorial Pledge Form

Celebration of Life and Legacy of Dr. James Gillies

On April 19, 2016, the Schulich School held a special memorial event to celebrate the life and times of the School’s Founding Dean, Dr. James Gillies. Family, friends, colleagues and the entire Schulich community joined in the fond remembrance of a beloved titan and pioneer in the academic arena and beyond.


The Professor Brenda Zimmerman (Ellis) Memorial Campaign

In Memory of Professor Brenda Zimmerman (Ellis): A Legacy of Excellence and Innovation

Photo of Brenda Zimmerman
Brenda Zimmerman

Professor Brenda Zimmerman was actively engaged in all aspects of the Schulich community. Her all-encompassing role as a Schulich alumna, teacher, mentor, researcher, donor, and colleague made her a true Schulich citizen.

Over the course of her career at Schulich, Professor Zimmerman earned two Schulich degrees, inspired excellence and innovation in the classroom, in the sector and the community at-large. She made a significant difference in her field and she will be remembered by her current students, and generations of alumni, colleagues, friends and family.

The Brenda Zimmerman (Ellis) Scholarship at the Schulich School of Business

In tribute to Brenda’s commitment to her students, education and excellence, a new entrance scholarship for full-time MBA and IMBA students will be established. The scholarship will be named in Brenda’s honour.

To contribute to this campaign, please visit

Thank you for celebrating and commemorating Professor Brenda Zimmerman’s life with a contribution to this special memorial campaign at the Schulich School of Business.

Professor Brenda Zimmerman Pledge Form

The Brenda Zimmerman (Ellis) Memorial Ceremony

On January 20, 2015, family, friends, and the entire Schulich community gathered at the School to honour, remember, and celebrate the incredible life and legacy of Professor Brenda Zimmerman (Ellis).


The Naomi Powlett Memorial Bench, dedicated June 10th, 2014Naomi Powlett

Naomi Powlett worked at York University for over 20 years and spent 18 of those years in Alumni Relations at the Schulich School of Business. Since November 2013, Staff, Faculty and Alumni have been raising funds to purchase a commemorative bench in honour of Naomi. This bench was successfully installed and dedicated at the Schulich School of Business, in Schulich’s Founder’s Courtyard, on June 10, 2014. The Ontario-made solid teak bench features a plaque recognizing Naomi. As a result of the generosity of the donors to date, as well as new commitments still being received, excess funds are being directed to a trust fund that will support the future establishment of a student award in memory of Naomi.

For more information, please contact us at (416) 650-8131 or (416) 736-5648.


The Nicholas Wang Memorial Bench and Student Award Campaign

Nicholas Wang Photo
Nicholas Wang was one of Schulich’s rising BBA stars. His great work for AIESEC York, the Association of the International Exchange of Students in Economics and Commerce, and the Undergraduate Business Council’s Schulich Protégé Program among many others, served as an inspiration to his fellow students.

Nicholas Wang’s passion and commitment to his academic career and to his alma mater will always be remembered with fondness and admiration. Support to the Nicholas Wang Memorial Student Award Campaign will help fund a new student award in honour of Nicholas.

To honour Nicholas’s memory with a charitable contribution, please visit

Thank you for contributing to this special and meaningful tribute to Nicholas.