In the largest gift ever to a Canadian law school, UBC alumnus Peter Allard has donated $30 million to UBC’s Faculty of Law, now called the Peter A. Allard School of Law.
In a ceremony today in Vancouver, UBC celebrated the renaming of the law school as well as Allard’s contributions to the university.
According to UBC, Allard’s donation will go toward faculty recruitment and retention, student initiatives like scholarships and employment opportunities and student experiential learning programs. The Allard Prize for International Integrity, an effort to promote human rights and anti-corruption pracitices, was also bolstered through Allard’s gift.
Allard is proud of his education at UBC and is hoping to create a more just society through the education of more students.
“My intention is to create a permanent and growing revenue stream that will help to recruit and retain outstanding faculty members, provide support to ensure that the most promising students are able to participate, and ensure that exceptional learning programs are offered. My gift supports pillars of excellence in human rights, and international integrity and ethics, and my hope is that the law school will become a beacon for justice, and the promotion of human rights and the rule of law around the world.”
A UBC Law alumnus and philanthropist, Allard received his law degree in 1968 and his LL.B from UBC in 1977. After success with his own law firm, Allard committed himself to roles in human rights and environmental advocacy. He created the Highbury Foundation to support medical research and infrastructure, as well as the development of universities and colleges in Western Canada.
Featured Image: Allard Hall via Allardprize.org