The naming of the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building, as part of the overall Schulich School of Business complex, which will open in late spring 2018, was celebrated during an unveiling ceremony at the new building’s construction site. The naming was announced following Rob and Cheryl McEwen’s $8-million gift to the Leading Change campaign – one of the largest gifts received by the Schulich School of Business.

Following the milestone announcement, the McEwens joined York University President & Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton, Schulich Dean Dezsö J. Horváth and other dignitaries and guests for a celebratory reception that featured an Innovation and Discovery Gallery showcasing the School’s Centres of Excellence and Research Office, which will be housed in the new building.

(Left to right) Kathleen Taylor (MBA/JD ’84, Hon LLD ’14); Judy Schulich; Rob McEwen (MBA ’78, Hon LLD ’05); Cheryl McEwen; Dean ​Dezsö J. Horváth; President and Vice-Chancellor, York University, Rhonda L. Lenton; and President, Graduate Business Council, Alexandra Simpson (MBA Class of 2018)

“The Schulich community is honoured and privileged to receive this valuable support from Rob and Cheryl McEwen, two of Canada’s most inspiring philanthropic and business leaders, who understand the critical importance of continued investment in leading management research and graduate education,” said Dean Horváth.

Designed by the award-winning international firm Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, the 67,000-square-foot Graduate Study & Research Building will stand among the most environmentally sustainable academic buildings in North America and is a cornerstone of the School’s Leading Change campaign, which aims to raise $50 million by 2021. To date, Leading Change has raised close to $35 million. Leading Change is an initiative of IMPACT: The Campaign for York University.

“Rob and Cheryl McEwen’s gift represents a milestone announcement in a number of ways,” said Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor of York University. “It is one of the largest gifts received by the Schulich School to date, and it will enable us to continue providing new, state-of-the-art spaces for our students, faculty and staff, creating the best possible environments in which to advance the world-class teaching, learning and research excellence underway here at York.”

“We are thrilled and so proud to have this opportunity to support the Schulich School of Business’s new Graduate Study & Research Building,” said Rob and Cheryl McEwen. “As long-time members of the Schulich alumni community, we appreciate the transformational developments that have taken place at Schulich and that have helped it earn recognition as one of the world’s leading business schools.”