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TD Bank Group donates $1million to University of Toronto Scarborough

To celebrate a $1 million gift to the university, UTSC students, faculty and staff joined members of TD Bank Group and TD Friends of the Environment to plant 100 trees on campus. (Photo by Ken Jones)

The University of Toronto Scarborough will be able to build on its reputation as a leader in the field of environmental and biological science thanks to a $1 million gift from TD Bank Group.

The gift will fund undergraduate and graduate students with research scholarships and also create the TD Limited Term Professorship in Urban Forest Conservation and Biology. This professorship will focus on research and teaching expertise in the field of environmental and/or biological science.

“We’re grateful to TD for this generous gift that will help UTSC build on its great strength in biological and environmental science along with our commitment to hands-on education,” says UTSC Principal Franco Vaccarino.

The research supported by the gift capitalizes on UTSC’s proximity to the Rouge Park, a more than 40-square-kilometre ecological “buffer zone” within the City of Toronto. In 2012, Parks Canada signed a memorandum of understanding naming UTSC as the primary research and education partner in the Rouge.

The Rouge’s variety of ecosystems, which include farms, forests, meadows and the city’s largest wetlands, opens up a wealth of opportunities, adds Vaccarino.

“Students will have the opportunity to advance knowledge across areas ranging from groundwater and soil science to geochemistry and geographic information systems with Canada’s first national urban park as our lab,” he says.

The donation was announced on Saturday, September 28 during TD Tree Days. To celebrate the occasion UTSC students, faculty and staff joined members of TD Bank to plant 100 trees on campus.   

The gift also contributes to UTSC’s drive to raise $35 million for key priorities, and is an integral component of the University of Toronto’s $2 billion Boundless campaign. To date, the Boundless campaign has raised more than $1.35 billion—a historic high water mark for fundraising in Canada.

“We are thrilled to support this campaign as it not only underscores our ongoing commitment to urban forestry, it straddles all three of  our charitable priorities in Canada - education, the environment, and creating opportunities for young people,” says Alec Morley, Senior Vice-President at TD Canada Trust.

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