Benefactors - Ted & Loretta Rogers
An extraordinary entrepreneur, visionary and devoted family man, the late Ted Rogers was a great friend of the Ted Rogers School of Management and Ryerson University, whose long-time support helped transform Ryerson’s Faculty of Business in a remarkable way.
“Ted Rogers was a community leader second to none, with a deep commitment to education and creating the next generation of leaders,” said president Sheldon Levy. “ He loved Ryerson and he loved our students.”
Ted and Loretta Rogers have a long-standing relationship with Ryerson. The couple gave $12.5 million in honour of Ted’s father, the late Edward S. Rogers Sr., to name the Rogers Communications Centre, establish two research chairs and support graduate programming. The Rogers Communications Centre is Canada’s leading education facility for studies in converging communications and interactive media.
The Ted Rogers School of Management would not have been made possible without the generous support over the years by Ted and Loretta Rogers. In 2007, they made a transformational donation of $15 million to the university, and Ryerson celebrated by naming 55 Dundas Street West the Ted Rogers School of Management. The donation has made a real impact for students by increasing and enhancing accessibility and the quality of the student experience. The majority of the gift was used to establish 52 new undergraduate and graduate student awards and scholarships, which are making a real difference in the lives of students. The gift also established the Loretta Rogers Research Chair in 2007 to seed academic initiatives that attract outstanding faculty, and create centres of excellence in management research.
“The best is yet to come.” - Ted Rogers
Over the years, Ted and Loretta Rogers have contributed more than $27 million to Ryerson, which has made an impact on the diverse student population by making education more accessible than ever before. The university now hosts its annual Rogers Awards Ceremony in their honour, recognizing countless students for their academic achievements and personal accomplishments. In order to continually thank Ted and Loretta Rogers for their tremendous support, the Ted Rogers Management Conference was established in 2010. The conference allows students, faculty, industry professionals, and media to explore the business style and work ethic that Ted Rogers portrayed.