Philanthropist Terrence Donnelly has donated $12 million to U of T Mississauga to support students and help construct a new Health Sciences Complex. The gift is the largest donation ever to the Mississauga campus. Donnelly’s gift will provide bursaries and scholarships to medical students and support the construction of the building that will house the Mississauga Academy of Medicine. The facility has received funding from the provincial government and private donors, including Mississauga businessman Carlo Fidani, who provided $10 million.
The four-storey Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex, scheduled to open this summer, will house the graduate biomedical communications program, research laboratories, classrooms and offices in addition to the Mississauga Academy of Medicine. Researchers and scientists will work side by side in the $37- million facility with faculty members who will teach future medical practitioners.
Fifty-four undergraduate medical students will enter the academy each year. By 2014, it will have a total of 216 students enrolled in the four-year program.
“The true value in this building is not the bricks and mortar, but the work being done within its walls – the teaching, learning and research,” said Donnelly (LLD 2003), president and director of the Colonel Harland Sanders Charitable Organization (Canada) and president of the Terrence Donnelly Foundation. Donnelly’s previous support resulted in the creation of the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research on the St. George Campus.