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Kenneth C. Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University
Renamed: September 2012
Donation: $15 million
Aerospace entrepreneur Kenneth Rowe received a fitting welcome at the event announcing the renaming of Dalhousie University’s b-school in his honour: hundreds of paper airplanes. The Canadian Business Hall of Fame inductee’s is a long-time supporter of the Halifax institution.
“I hope it does inspire you in some way [to realize] that what I’ve achieved is exactly what you can achieve,” he told the event attendees showering him with folded expressions of their gratitude. Rowe initially resisted the university’s efforts to rechristen the faculty in his honour, telling The Globe and Mail he only relented because it was pointed out to him what a good example his success would set for students.
Rowe isn’t likely to be caught counting his money: “If someone knows what they’re worth, they’re usually not worth a lot,” he joked to us in 2012. But it’s not hard to tally up the amounts he’s given away, including support that built part of the Canadian Museum of Immigration in Nova Scotia.