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Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University
Nova Scotia’s first family are long time supporters of the country’s first English-speaking Roman Catholic University, with David F. Sobey serving as chair of a 1990s Saint Mary’s capital campaign that raised $24 million. That fundraising push paid for the Sobey Building, which houses the university’s business school.
The family hasn’t just slapped their name on the front door, either—in 2005, Sobeys Inc., Empire Company Limited and The Sobey Foundation contributed $2 million to fund undergraduate scholarships for students enrolled at the School of Business and pay for infrastructure developments. “It is our intention that this endowment provide more students with access to higher education and support the goal of enhancing facilities to make Saint Mary's a compelling choice for both students and members of the academic community,” said Paul Sobey, then-Empire CEO.
David Sobey served as the Halifax university’s first lay chancellor from 2008 to 2010, and son Paul is following in his footsteps. Having retired from Empire last year, Paul Sobey was announced as the next chancellor of Saint Mary’s in October 2014.