Timely Rawlinson Gift to University of Regina Paves the Way for Indigenous Entrepreneurs

News Release Release Date: September 27, 2017 11:30 a.m.

The gift of $100,000 from Saskatchewan-born philanthropists Gordon and Jill Rawlinson establishing the Rawlinson Fellow in Indigenous Entrepreneurship in the University of Regina’s Faculty of Business Administration is timely.

For the first time in history, the number of Canadians over age 65 outnumbers those under 15—except among Indigenous people. Between 2006 and 2011, the Indigenous population increased by 20 per cent compared to 5 per cent for the rest of the country. To the Rawlinsons, that demographic points out the need for more Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Gordon Rawlinson, C.M., S.O.M. says, "I want the University to empower this country's up-and-coming Indigenous business leaders by giving them a world-class business education right here in my home province.”

The Rawlinson Fellow in Indigenous Entrepreneurship provides money for a fellowship appointment, enabling a faculty member within the University’s Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business to focus on Indigenous Entrepreneurship.

“The opportunity to concentrate on Indigenous entrepreneurship at this time in Canada’s history provides a unique way for us to reduce educational and employment disparity experienced by many Aboriginal Canadians,” says acting Dean of Business David Senkow. “This forward-thinking gift allows our Levene School of Business to be at the forefront of job creation for Indigenous people by Indigenous people.”

“Gordon and Jill Rawlinson have maintained a strong and longstanding commitment to the people of Saskatchewan, giving mindfully towards health care, the arts, and education,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor. “Their gift to our University is as timely as it is significant, allowing us to bolster our campus-wide Indigenization efforts, and more thoroughly engage our Levene School of Business in preparing Indigenous students to join the ranks of Canada’s successful business entrepreneurs.”

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About Gordon Rawlinson and Jill Rawlinson

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 About The University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, and Lakota nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 15,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. In 2017, the University of Regina was ranked in the Top 200 Best Young Universities in the world by Times Higher Education.

 

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