Memorial and Tribute Giving
Gifts made in memory or in honour of someone special is a meaningful and thoughtful way to commemorate or celebrate a loved one leaving a lasting legacy while supporting the Schulich School of Business. Donations can be directed to a new or established fund, or to the School’s Funding Priorities.
If you would like to direct family and friends to make gifts to the Schulich School of Business in lieu of flowers, the following is suggested wording for an obituary or other tribute:
In lieu of flowers/gifts, donations may be made to the Schulich School of Business in memory/in honour of (individual) to support ((specific fund, i.e. named fund, student financial aid) to:
Schulich School of Business
Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Seymour Schulich Building, Room W362 N
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
To make a gift in memory or in honour of an individual, please visit our online giving page, complete the details under “In Honour/In Memory of Someone Special”. Once you’ve donated, Schulich will email an acknowledgment card to the family/individual that a gift was made. If donating to an existing fund, please visit “View all giving opportunities” under “Select Designations”.
Please visit Ways to Support for other giving options.
ESTABLISH A NEW FUND
If you would like to set up a named memorial fund, please contact our Development Office at 416-650-8050 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ADD TO AN EXISTING FUND
If donating to an existing fund, please visit “View all giving opportunities” under “Select Designations” or contact our Development Office at 416-650-8050 or email@example.com
Named spaces or benches offer another opportunity for the Schulich community to memorialize or honour the legacy of someone special. To learn more about existing naming options, please contact our Development Office at 416-650-8050 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Schulich School of Business is currently raising funds for the following:
The Lidia Serras Memorial Scholarship
Lidia Serras joined Schulich in 2018 and was the Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions in the Student Services & International Relations unit. She represented Schulich with pride and professionalism at student recruitment events across Canada and around the world. In her role as Assistant Director, she oversaw recruitment and admissions for Schulich’s specialized Masters Programs. She led a large team and was deeply loyal to her team members. She tackled her work with enthusiasm and tenacity and poured all of her heart into everything she undertook.
A native of Portugal, Lidia held a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Technical University of Lisbon and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and Management from Nova School of Business and Economics in Lisbon. Full of life, Lidia loved to travel and discover the world, and she valued spending time with her family above all else.
In memory of Lidia Serras, the Schulich community will establish a new scholarship in her name, to be awarded annually to a full-time Schulich School of Business student, enrolled in a specialized master program, who demonstrates academic excellence and financial need. The recipient must be well-rounded and possess experience working with teams from diverse backgrounds. Applicants for the scholarship must also have experience working with international organizations. The scholarship will reflect the values most closely associated with Lidia, dedication and loyalty, as well as her rich and highly diverse career, having lived and worked in three different continents for large global corporations and government organizations. Value: variable
To make a donation in memory of Lidia Serras, please visit schulich.yorku.ca/lidiaserras, or contact our Advancement Office at (416) 650-8050 to make your contribution.
Dezsö J. Horváth Tribute Fund
Dr. Dezsö J. Horváth, C.M., was first appointed Dean of the Schulich School of Business in 1988 and completed his final term as Dean on June 30th, 2020, following more than three decades of extraordinary leadership and transformation. In honour of his remarkable 32 years of service, excellence and innovation, a special tribute fund has been launched by alumni and friends. Donations to the fund will support the creation of two prestigious awards: the Dezsö J. Horváth Visionary Leadership Award and the Dezsö J. Horváth Emerging Leader Award, to pay tribute to the Dean’s success and impact. Gifts to the tribute fund will support the establishment of both a permanent endowment fund and an expendable fund. Every gift to this tribute fund will have significant impact and will recognize talented and deserving students. To support the tribute fund, please visit schulich.yorku.ca/dezsohorvath.
Dr. James Gillies Memorial Campaign
On April 19, 2016, the Schulich School of Business 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.
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.
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. Memorial donations will be directed to The James Gillies Award endowed fund by visiting supportschulich.ca/jamesgillies.
Professor Brenda Zimmerman (Ellis) Memorial Fund
On January 20, 2015, family, friends, and the Schulich community gathered at the School to honour, remember, and celebrate the incredible life and legacy of Professor Brenda Zimmerman (Ellis). 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. As the Director of the Schulich’s Health Industry Management program and an associate professor whose research focused on health-care systems and public policy, Professor Zimmerman made a significant difference in her field and she will be remembered by her current students, and generations of alumni, colleagues, friends and family.
In tribute to Professor Zimmerman’s commitment to her students, education and excellence, an entrance scholarship is being created for full-time Master students. To support the scholarship, please visit supportschulich.ca/brendazimmerman.