Mining magnate donates $10 million to architecture school – by Staff (Northern Ontario Business – June 30, 2016)

Sudbury’s emerging school of design has a new name: The McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University.

Goldcorp founder and CEO of McEwen Mining Rob McEwen and his wife Cheryl were in Sudbury, June 29, to donate $10 million to the downtown Sudbury institution, currently under its second phase of construction.“We are immensely grateful to the McEwen family for this transformative gift,” said Terrance Galvin, founding director of the School of Architecture.

“This investment will help us fulfil our mission to establish a unique and cutting-edge architecture program whose graduates will contribute to socio-economic and cultural development in northern latitudes across Canada and around the world. With his vision and enthusiasm, Rob will be a superb mentor to our students.”

The couple have contributed more than $50 million in the fields of healthcare and education.Though known as a visionary in the mining industry, one of McEwen’s earliest passions was in fact, architecture.

“From the ages of seven to 18 I absolutely knew what I was going to be — I was going to be an architect,” said McEwen. “I loved and still love elegant, innovative and functional designs and structures that inspire and instill strength, confidence and awe.”

McEwen spent time after his first year of university working at INCO, a Sudbury connection that he still holds to this day. “I worked in the Frood-Stobie Mine doing many different jobs and was trained on many different pieces of equipment and at the end of the summer, the mine captain suggested that I was likely to get a scholarship if I applied.

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