Gym Named to Honour Richardson Gift

June 13, 2014

BRANDON, MB – One of Canada’s prominent family-owned companies is making the largest single private donation to-date to the Healthy Living Centre at Brandon University (BU), a gift which will reach $500,000 when fully realized by matching contributions from the community.

The Richardson Foundation – the giving arm of James Richardson & Sons, Limited and Affiliated Companies across Canada: Richardson International, Tundra Oil & Gas Limited, Richardson GMP Limited and Richardson Centre Limited – has donated $250,000 and has also pledged to match every dollar raised by BU in 2014 for the Healthy Living Centre (HLC), up to an additional $250,000. In recognition of this generous gift, the main gymnasium in the state-of-the-art HLC will be named Richardson Gymnasium.

BU President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah Poff says, “We are delighted that the Richardson Foundation shares our vision for the HLC, a community hub for sports and recreation. We look forward to engaging more people with this much-needed facility and making the HLC a gateway to our University.”

“Our firm and Foundation have a long history with and connection to Brandon University,” says Hartley Richardson, President & Chief Executive Officer of James Richardson & Sons, Limited, and a trustee of the Richardson Foundation. “We are extremely pleased to be part of BU’s latest campaign and provide our support for this important community project.”

The Healthy Living Centre, completed in 2013 at a cost of $24.3 million, was built through contributions from federal, provincial and municipal governments, and private donors contributing to the BUILD fundraising campaign.

Brandon University, founded in 1899, promotes excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship; educating students so that they can make a meaningful difference as engaged citizens and leaders.

James Richardson & Sons, Limited, established in 1857, is a privately-owned and operated Canadian corporation, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and involved in the international grain trade and agri-foods business, energy, real estate, financial services and investments. The Richardson Foundation supports registered Canadian charities, focusing on education, youth initiatives, visual and performing arts, and environmental issues.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Deborah Poff
President and Vice-Chancellor