A Gift of Confidence: Ken Rowe donates $15 million to Dalhousie's School of Business
Ken Rowe, executive chairman of IMP Group International, has donated $15 million to Dalhousie's School of Business - the largest-ever donation by a Nova Scotian to Dalhousie.
On October 20th, Ken Rowe presented the largest gift ever to Dalhousie University by a Nova Scotian – a $15 million donation to the School of Business as part of Bold Ambitions: The Campaign for Dalhousie. It will be used for programming initiatives which contribute to enhancing the school’s quality.
Mr. Rowe's donation is more than an infusion of cash, it's an endorsement and validation that Dalhousie’s School of Business shares his passion for excellence in business practice.
Ken Rowe has been a staunch supporter of the School of Business for many years. In the nineties when the very existence of the School of Business was under review, Ken Rowe held firm, insisting that the business school was truly important to Dalhousie and Nova Scotia and that it deserved continuing support and expansion. Later, when the drive was on to raise funds to construct a building to bring the four schools of management under one roof, Mr. Rowe was there to make the single largest gift and to bring significant support from the Royal Bank of Canada where he was serving on the board of directors. Today the building is known as the Kenneth C. Rowe Management building.
Ken Rowe is executive chairman of IMP Group International, one of the largest privately-owned businesses in Nova Scotia with three core operating divisions – aerospace, aviation and commercial. Mr. Rowe has been a staunch supporter of Dalhousie and is a former Board of Governors’ member and chair of The School of Business Advisory Committee.
The $250-million Bold Ambitions campaign is the largest and most comprehensive in Dalhousie's history; focusing on student success and enrichment, interdisciplinary programs, and innovation and design. Its impact will deepen Dalhousie’s capacity for excellence, pushing us further to achieve our vision of becoming the very best university in Canada.
"Dalhousie’s School of Business has an important role to play in developing a generation of innovative leaders who value quality and integrity. Not only will a concerted focus on excellence strengthen the School’s reputation and overall performance but it means that Nova Scotia and beyond will benefit from business graduates who are ready to get the job done." - Ken Rowe
"I believe in the business school and know that it can be the very best. That's why I invested $15 million in qualitative areas to make sure it happens!" - Ken Rowe
"Ken Rowe's gift will be transformative for the School of Business and will help it achieve an even higher standard of excellence. Through this gift, he is helping the School achieve its potential for excellence, realize its mission of being the international leader in values-led management education. The gift will allow us to offer scholarships to high potential business students, will support leading-edge business research, will enable us to launch new programs, and will bring visiting scholars of international renown to campus. It will also enable us to offer our current students a wider range of learning opportunities both within and outside the classroom." - Peggy Cunningham, Dean of Management, Dalhousie University
"Mr. Rowe is known for demanding excellence of himself and his company. His gift is an endorsement of our strategy and faith in our future. Just as the IMP Group is a major economic engine in the Atlantic region, the gift will help us create even stronger future business leaders who will help the province and region better compete on the global stage." - Peggy Cunningham, Dean of Management, Dalhousie University
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Rowe head + body shot
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Ken Rowe, seated at event
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Ken Rowe at the announcement event
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A few words from Ken Rowe, executive chairman of IMP Group International.
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