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Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies at Mount Allison University
Established: October 2008
Donation: $5 million
There’s a Tim Hortons on most every street corner across Canada, and co-founder Ron Joyce’s charity efforts are similarly wide-ranging. He’s received the Gary Wright Humanitarian Award, been inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, and accepted honorary degrees from Saint Mary’, McMaster and Mount Allison University’s.
At the last of those schools, Joyce contributed to the foundation of an institute to develop partnerships between Sackville, New Brunswick-based Mount Allison’s commerce program and industry. “When I was the owner of the Tim Hortons chain, I held myself and my employees to the highest standards,” he said at the event announcing his gift. “In the same way, Mount Allison University provides its students with a superior education, and I’m delighted to support an institution that shares the values that have shaped my successes — innovation, opportunity, experience, and the pursuit of excellence.”
Joyce, a Martimer, opened his first Tim’s location in Hamilton, and has been an important benefactor to that town as well. The football stadium at McMaster University bears his name, as does the building that houses the DeGroote School of Business’s MBA program.