Our Founding Donors


In 2010, Peter and Melanie Munk established their bold vision to create a unique, world-leading academic enterprise through a landmark gift to the University of Toronto. In just seven years, the Munk School of Global Affairs has taken great strides to make their vision a reality.

Peter and Melanie Munk are two of Canada’s greatest philanthropists. Their generosity to U of T exceeds $51 million, including a landmark donation in 2010 of $35 million – the largest single gift from an individual in the University’s history at the time – to create the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Peter Munk is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Barrick Gold Corporation. He was born in Hungary and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1952 (B.A.Sc., Electrical Engineering). Melanie Munk is his partner in many philanthropic initiatives, championing innovation in patient care at the University Health Network’s Peter Munk Cardiac Centre. Together, Peter and Melanie Munk have made significant contributions to support higher education, improve health care and advance public policy.

Mr. Munk has an Honorary Doctor of Laws (1995) from the University of Toronto. He and Melanie Munk were each awarded an Honorary Doctor of Sacred Letters from Trinity College, University of Toronto, in 2004. Peter Munk has received numerous awards, including being named as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993. In 2008, he was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada. The most prestigious level of the Order, this recognition is given to Canadians who have demonstrated the highest degree of merit to Canada and humanity, on the national or international scene. He has been inducted into The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and The Canadian Business Hall of Fame, and he was the first Canadian to receive the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. Mr. Munk was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, and in 2016 he was awarded the Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. Also in 2016, Peter and Melanie Munk received the Outstanding Philanthropists Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter. In 2017 Mr. Munk was named the Most Important Mining Man in Canadian History by the Canadian Mining Journal, and he was recognized as one of 18 leaders (and the only Canadian) celebrated on the New York Stock Exchange’s inaugural Wall of Innovators. Peter and Melanie Munk live in Toronto.

“The world continues to become more complex and defined by forces beyond the nation state,” Meric Gertler, president of the University of Toronto, said recently. “Peter and Melanie Munk have given Canadians a powerful means to understand and navigate this fluid global reality. In fulfilling Peter and Melanie Munk’s original vision, the Munk School of Global Affairs has become one of the world’s leading contributors to the global conversation on the most important issues of our time.”


“The world is changing. We want to do our part to ensure that Canada not only secures its place on the world stage, but helps create the knowledge that improves people’s lives.”
– Peter Munk

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Philanthropic donations from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017

Centre for the Study of Global Japan launch
U of T President Meric Gertler (left) and Consul-General of Japan Yasunori Nakayama establish a new Chair in Japanese Politics and Global Affairs and launch a Centre for the Study of Global Japan.

Building a space for world-leading research, teaching and public engagement on the global issues that matter most is an ambitious long-term endeavour. The work of the Munk School of Global Affairs would not be possible without the support of visionary philanthropic collaborators.

The gift of insight. This year Ipsos Corp. gave an important trove of data to the Munk School: the original data files from the Ipsos Global Advisor survey from 2008 onward. Valued at $8.2 million, this unique dataset covers public attitudes on current events, country reputations and other topics relevant to Munk School students and faculty, and to the U of T research community at large.

From the Tokyo summit to the Munk School. During a 2016 summit, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau he hoped to foster mutual understanding between Japan and Canada through Canadian universities.

This year a gift of US$5 million from the government of Japan will create a new Chair in Japanese Politics and Global Affairs and launch a Centre for the Study of Global Japan. Housed in the Munk School, this first-in-Canada centre will stimulate research networks and use teaching and public engagement to promote deeper understanding of Japanese politics and diplomacy in Asia and worldwide during a time of dramatic change.

A new innovation project with a long-time partner. The Munk School’s Innovation Policy Lab is proud to launch The Lupina Programme on Social Determinants of Health, Social Innovation and Innovation Studies, enabled by a crucial gift of over $1 million from The Lupina Foundation. This gift and program launch are the latest chapter in a long-standing relationship that has included rich collaboration and over $3.6 million in support from the foundation since 2000, much of it devoted to the Comparative Program on Health and Society, which made vital contributions to the study of the social determinants of health and concluded its work this year.

Prof. Lisa Forman, director of the Comparative Program on Health and Society, talks to Nobel laureate Prof. Amartya Sen (right) of Harvard University, during the Human Rights and the Social Determinants of Health Symposium, May 2017.

The Centre for the Study of the United States is proud to honour the memory of an admired businessman, philanthropist and U of T alumnus, Ross Johnson, by devoting his recent bequest to the eponymous F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Scholars Fund. The fund will help attract top scholars to the University of Toronto.

The Nordic Council of Ministers, a new donor to the Munk School and the University of Toronto, has made a generous gift in support of a pilot Nordic Studies curriculum, at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CERES), which includes support for teaching, student exchange, travel and outreach activities.

Munk School students and faculty will benefit in many ways – scholarships, research visits, lectures and publications – from a five-year commitment of support from the Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan) for the Global Taiwan Studies Initiative. The initiative includes a Global Taiwan Studies Seminar course.

Sukanya Pillay is an international lawyer, a human rights journalist and the inaugural recipient of the Maytree Human Rights and Poverty Fellowship, supported by a gift from the Maytree Foundation. Maytree has made a five-year commitment to this unique fellowship, in the Fellowship in Global Journalism program, designed to recognize and support the work of a journalist covering poverty in a rights framework. In addition to establishing the fellowship, the foundation also supported the activities of the Institute for Municipal Finance and Governance.

Murad Javed, recipient of the Paul Cadario Fellowship in Global Affairs.

The Munk School, which is working to establish a permanent presence for studies in Czech history, culture, language, politics and society, found outstanding partners this year in Mildred and Ivo Syptak, who made a generous pledge in support of an endowment for The Syptak Family Fund for Czech Studies at CERES.

This year, family and friends of Adrian and Donald Macdonald substantially enhanced a scholarship to recognize the couple’s leadership and hard work. The annual Adrian and Donald Macdonald Intern Scholarship recognizes an undergraduate student in the Peace, Conflict and Justice program for academic merit and internship participation. Tea Cimini, a talented student from Italy and editor-in-chief of the European Studies Journal, was the inaugural recipient (2016).

“The Munk School brings together people from different backgrounds, research interests and areas of professional expertise – through classes, professional events and talks. I find this vibrancy and diversity very useful, in that I can channel a lot of this inspiration straight into the work I’m doing at the United Nations Development Programme.” – Murad Javed, MGA ’18 Recipient of the Paul Cadario Fellowship in Global Affairs



The Munk School of Global Affairs would like to express our sincerest gratitude to our generous donors for their support.

The following listing includes all philanthropic donations made to the Munk School of Global Affairs from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017.


Sergiy Bilenky
Barry R. Campbell
Carpet Mill
Andrew Cohen
Alistair Cunningham
John Cushing
Myron Cybulsky and Marika Hohol
Daniel and Elizabeth Damov
Yiling Ding
Mary Dyment
Vivien Dzau
Devin Egan
John English
Margaret and Jim Fleck
Catherine Gardner and Stephen Durbin
Charles Gobeil
Google Matching Gifts Program
Moya Greene
Sandra J. Hausman
Andrew Robert Hawling
Andrew Heintzman
Ben Hekster
Hellenic Heritage Foundation
Francis Honore
Mark S. Hoyt
Jackman Foundation
Mary Janigan
John and Helen Timo Foundation
Government of Japan
Donald K. Johnson
Estate of F. Ross Johnson
  / American Express Company
Harry Kao
Katedra Foundation
Barbara Kaufman
Stephen K. Keat

Kaveh Ketabchi Khonsari
Naomi C. Kikoler
Jonathan N. Krehm
Eileen Lam
Amanda Jane Lang
Ursula Lente
Linamar Corporation
Peter Loewen
The Lupina Foundation
Paul Robert Magocsi
The Right Honourable Paul Martin
The Maytree Foundation
Margaret and Wallace McCain
Ronald McIsaac
Robert Merchant
Tom Mihalik
Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan)
The Nordic Council of Ministers
Jeff Otis
Steven H. Paikin
The Honourable David Peterson
Neville G. Poy
Prichard-Wilson Family Foundation
Rakoczi Foundation
Victor Blas Reano
Kevin M. Regan
Susan M. Singh
Chris Snyder
Georgina Steinsky
Stephen & Stephanie Balogh Family Foundation
Ricardo Sternberg
Brian Stewart
Ivo and Mildred Syptak
Tel Aviv University
James Temerty
Stephen Toope and Paula Rosen
Kenneth A. Valvur
Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation
Arash Wared

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