On Wednesday, Deloitte Canada donated $250,000 to Brock University for a new 45-seat classroom, to be built during the $22 million expansion of the Goodman School of Business.
A press release from the University said former Brock student Doug Wilkinson, who has spent almost 30 years working for Deloitte, was largely responsible for the donation.
“Wilkinson wanted to give back to (Brock), and he did that in a big way Wednesday,” the release said.
“I attribute my career success at Deloitte to the education I received while at Brock University and it means a lot to me to be able to give back in such a meaningful way,” said Wilkinson.
Wilkinson also made a “generous” personal donation to the University, which will fund a new co-op interview room in the new Goodman atrium. The room is to be named in his honour.
Deloitte Canada said it was proud to support the Goodman School of Business expansion project, having benefitted greatly from Brock students over the years.
Brock University President Gervan Fearon said the donation “demonstrates how partnerships and twin support can advance post-secondary education and talent development in the Niagara region.”
“Through Deloitte’s leadership, support and generosity, our students will have access to a state-of-the-art learning environment where our faculty will prepare them for their future careers,” said Fearon.
Wilkinson began his career at Deloitte as part of a co-op program while he was a student at Brock three decades ago. He received the Goodman School of Business Distinguished Graduate Award in 2002 for his exceptional professional achievements and service in giving back to society. Five years later, he received an alumni of distinction award from the Brock University Alumni Association. It is one of 30 distinguished alumni awards given out in the past 30 years.
“I have always given my time and talent back to Brock as a member of the Business Advisory Council and am now lucky enough now to be in a position to give back in a philanthropic way,” said Wilkinson.