Making it all possible: Get to know Dal 200's community supporters

- October 26, 2018

Dal 200 community supporters.
Dal 200 community supporters.

Dalhousie’s 200 years of achievement have been built on support from its communities, including countless donors and industry partners over the years.

The university’s 200th anniversary celebration is no different, with several companies and organizations — locally and nationally — stepping up to help make the celebrations possible.

“We are pleased to have such a wide range of community partners supporting our 200th anniversary celebrations,” says Peter Fardy, vice-president of advancement. “It’s through their generous support that we’re able to have the kinds of engaging, inspiring events that not only align with our academic mission, but allow us to start to dream about what Dal’s third century has in store.”

Some of the supporters are playing very specific roles in the year’s events. Air Canada, for example, is the official airline for helping bring guest speakers to campus during Dal’s 200th year. And this week’s Belong Forum with Rick Hansen has Canadian Tire as a presenting sponsor.

And many of the supporters have long-standing relationships with the university. Scotiabank sponsors the Ethics in Action case competition in Management, for example, which this year will present the Scotiabank Ethical Leadership Award to Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) The Honorable Roméo A. Dallaire. Michelin not only employs many Dal graduates (particularly from Engineering), but its donations to Dal’s IDEA Project helped establish the new Michelin Creation Lab on Sexton Campus. The Lord Nelson is a regular supporter of the annual DPMG conference on campus. And Clearwater has funded research and sponsored sporting events on campus, in addition to founder John Risley’s $25-million personal donation towards the Dal-led Ocean Frontier Institute.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a world-class university on our doorstep, generating high quality ocean research that helps us understand our species and their environment, as well as educating our future leaders on the importance of sustainability and protecting our oceans,” says Christine Penney, the company's vice president of sustainability and public affairs.

There are also three media partners who are helping amplify Dal 200 activities. CBC/Radio-Canada, for example, is helping empower the Year of Belonging and its Belong Forum series. (CBC personalities have served as the moderators at each Belong Forum.) The Chronicle Herald is helping present Dalhousie Originals series, publishing profiles of influential Dal individuals each and every week through the year. And the Globe and Mail worked with Dal to develop a sponsorship program including content features.

“Dal 200 is all about engaging our communities, and our media sponsors have been crucial to help us connect with audiences across our region and our country and amplify the stories of our 200th year,” says Catherine Bagnell Styles, assistant vice-president of communications and marketing.
Want to learn more about Dal 200’s community partners? Check out their bios below, and visit for more about Dal's 200th anniversary year.

Platinum sponsors

Canadian Tire

For nearly 95 years, Canadian Tire Corporation (CTC) has been providing customers with everything they need for life in Canada. Since its early beginnings in automotive, CTC has expanded to support Canadians in every way imaginable. Canadian Tire is the company that turns your ‘To-Do’ list into a relaxing afternoon, PartSource helps keep your car running smoothly all year long, Gas+ ensures you and your family stay en route to your destination, FGL Sports helps you run that extra mile, Mark’s makes dressing for home and the workplace comfortable, stylish and affordable, Canadian Tire Financial Services provides world-class credit card services and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities breaks down the financial barriers between kids and the field. Founded in 1922, Canadian Tire remains one of Canada's most recognized and trusted brands and the place that Canadians turn to every day – and more than 250 million times each year –  to tackle the jobs and joys of everyday life in this country.


Clearwater Seafoods is one of North America's largest vertically-integrated seafood companies with over 2,000 employees in offices, plants and vessels around the world. The Canadian-based company operates from ‘ocean to plate’, holding fishing quotas and licenses, operating its own modern vessel fleet and processing facilities, while also providing delivery to customers worldwide. Clearwater is recognized globally for its superior quality, food safety and diversity of premium wild-caught seafood, including scallops, lobster, langoustine, clams, coldwater shrimp, whelk and crabs. As a leading harvester, processor and marketer of sustainably-sourced seafood, Clearwater supplies its products to foodservice distributors, retailers and wholesalers throughout the world. Since its founding in 1976, Clearwater has invested in science and management to sustain and grow its wild seafood resource. This commitment has established Clearwater as a global leader in sustainable seafood excellence. In 2015, Clearwater Seafoods acquired the Scotland-based Macduff Shellfish Group, bringing together two of the world’s leading and fastest growing vertically-integrated wild shellfish harvesters. Macduff’s product portfolio closely complements Clearwater’s product offerings with King and Queen scallops, langoustine, brown crab and whelk.


Since 1889, Michelin has innovated to enhance the mobility of people and goods. Today, we are setting the benchmark across every tire and travel-related services market, while leading a global strategy to drive sustainable, profitable growth. Michelin has called Nova Scotia home since 1969. In 2019, Michelin and its 3300 Nova Scotian employees will celebrate 50 years of manufacturing at our three Canadian manufacturing facilities in Pictou County, the Annapolis Valley and on the South Shore.


Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 89,000 employees and assets of over $923 billion (as at January 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @Scotiabank.

Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites

Originally built in October 1928, the Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites is a beloved Maritime landmark overlooking the 16-acre downtown oasis famously known as the Halifax Public Gardens. The historic elegance and charm has recently been enhanced with a multi-million-dollar lift resulting in a unique blend of heritage meets modern. Enjoy a selection of stylishly-designed rooms and suites that offer a wide range of amenities and services including extended stay options. Magnificent event space and service excellence has made the Lord Nelson the city’s most sought-after venue for conferences, weddings and social events. Experience historic charm artfully enhanced with urbanely elegant touches designed to provide seamless service and a welcoming and comfortable travel experience.

Official airline

Air Canada

Air Canada is Canada's largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. Canada's flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2017 served approximately 48 million customers. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 60 in the United States and 98 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world's most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,300 airports in 191 countries. Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax, which also named Air Canada the 2017 Best Airline in North America. Follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook.

Media Sponsors


CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail, founded in 1844, is Canada's foremost news media company and a part of Canada’s fabric. We cover events that have changed our nation as well as the day-to-day happenings that continue to shape us as a country. Each day, The Globe leads the national discussion by engaging Canadians through its award-winning coverage of news, politics, business, investing and lifestyle topics, across multiple platforms. The Globe and Mail print and digital formats reach over 6.5 million readers every week, with Report on Business magazine reaching over 1.7 million readers every issue in print and digital. The Globe and Mail is owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson family. The Globe has won more national newspaper awards than any other news organization in Canada, and has been honoured with multiple Michener Awards for public-service journalism.

The Chronicle Herald

The Chronicle Herald is the most comprehensive information source in Atlantic Canada. We bring audiences together, providing information they can use, delivered across multiple, easy-to-access platforms. And in delivering value for our audiences, we also deliver value for our advertisers. The Chronicle Herald is proud of its legacy of independence, integrity and place as a vital part of the fabric of the communities we serve. We will move forward with a bold entrepreneurial spirit, building on our strengths. We are part of the Nova Scotia story. We respect and honour the history of The Chronicle Herald and the role it has played, and will continue to play, in shaping the communities we serve.


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