• 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 Highest Priorities.

A Special Tribute to Bill Graham

In 2001, Bill Graham (MBA ’86) was appointed President of the Schulich Global Alumni Network, making him the second president since the formation of what was then known as the Global Alumni Association. It’s a post that has taken him to countless corners of the globe – engaging, connecting, and building lasting bonds with an ever-expanding Global Alumni Network that currently boasts 34,000 members. Bill has retired from his role as President after more than two decades of exceptional leadership and service.

In deep gratitude, alumni and friends are establishing the Bill Graham (MBA ’86) Global Leadership Award at the Schulich School of Business. The award will support incoming domestic and international students who have been admitted into a graduate program at the Schulich School of Business. Recipients of the award will be emerging leaders who demonstrate a commitment to advancing international business by showing they understand the importance of environmental, social, and corporate governance standards necessary to improve the global business space for all. Recipients must also demonstrate financial need and academic excellence (minimum 6.0 GPA, B+) in previous studies.

To thank and celebrate Bill with a gift toward this new award to be established in his honour, please visit www.schulich.yorku.ca/gift-billgraham or contact our Development Office at (416) 650-8050 to make your tax-deductible donation today. We invite you to visit Bill’s Appreciation Page to learn more about his Schulich Story and how he has impacted, and continue to impact, our community.

Based in the USA, United Kingdom, Singapore, or Hong Kong? Please contact us at advancement@schulich.yorku.ca to receive instructions on how to make tax-deductible or tax-effective donations.

The Schulich School of Business is also currently raising funds for the following initiatives:

  • The Benoît Lauzé Scholarship of Excellence
  • The Joyce Zemans Scholarship Fund
  • Dezsö J. Horváth Tribute Fund
  • James Gillies Memorial Campaign

The Benoît Lauzé Scholarship of Excellence

Schulich alumni together with friends and former colleagues are establishing a special scholarship in memory of the late Benoît Lauzé (MBA ’91). This scholarship will reflect the values most closely associated with Benoît, positivity and respect, as well as his drive to support people around him.

Initiated in August 2021 by Michael Bigger (MBA ’92), the Benoît Lauzé Scholarship of Excellence aims to benefit and support an incoming student in the future Master of Health Industry Administration degree, expected to launch at the Schulich School of Business. Applicants must have a track record of achievement and a strong interest in the medical field. Recipients must also demonstrate academic excellence (minimum A average) from previous studies, be a supportive team player, and enjoy lifelong learning. The award will be adjudicated by the Schulich School of Business’ Office of Student Financial Services and will require a statement of interest.

To make a donation in memory of Benoît Lauzé, please click here, or contact our Development Office at (416) 650-8050 or advancement@schulich.yorku.ca.

The Joyce Zemans Scholarship Fund

Joyce Zemans headshotA Member of the Order of Canada, Professor Joyce Zemans retired in July 2020 from Schulich’s MBA Program in Arts, Media & Entertainment Management, where she served as director and co-director for over 25 years. She is the former director of the Canada Council for the Arts, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts (now the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design) and chair of the Department of Visual Arts at York University, where she was honoured with a University Professorship.

“Joyce Zemans is a remarkable woman, a leader who has looked at the future of every one of the academic programs and cultural organizations she directed and made decisions that pushed them forward, always in the right direction.” – Trina McQueen, O.C. (Hon LLD ’19)

To pay tribute to Joyce’s extraordinary contributions and impact to the Arts, Media and Entertainment Program, alumni, friends, and family have endowed a new award – the Joyce Zemans Award of Achievement -to benefit one or more MBA students specializing in AM&E at Schulich. Recipients will demonstrate a dedication to the arts, media and cultural industries, and will be recognized for their achievements and leadership skills.

To support the endowment fund, please visit schulich.yorku.ca/joycezemans or contact our Development Office at (416) 650-8050 to make your donation today.

Dezsö J. Horváth Tribute Fund

Dezsö J. HorváthDr. 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

James GilliesOn 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.


    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”.


    If you would like to set up a named tribute fund, please contact our Development Office at 416-650-8050 or advancement@schulich.yorku.ca.


    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 advancement@schulich.yorku.ca.


    Named benchesNamed 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 advancement@schulich.yorku.ca.