Torys LLP and Geoff Beattie Contribute $1.5 million to the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law

September 14, 2012

Torys is pleased to announce that it has joined Torys alumnus W. Geoff Beattie in a $1.5 million donation to the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law. Western Law has matched their donation, and the combined $3 million fund will create the W. Geoff Beattie Chair in Corporate Law and support the Torys LLP Corporate & Securities Law Forum.

"Lawyers play a vital role in the global economy,” says Les Viner, managing partner at Torys, “and Canadian corporate and securities lawyers are exceptionally well regarded around the world. Western Law is a particularly strong leader in corporate and securities law and we're proud and delighted to support and enhance this already highly regarded program."

A Western Law graduate and Torys alumnus, W. Geoff Beattie is the president and CEO of Woodbridge Company Limited and deputy chairman of Thomson Reuters. Geoff also serves as a director of GE and RBC Financial Group.

"Western Law is extremely grateful for this generous gift,” said W. Iain Scott, dean of the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law, “which will allow us to recruit or retain an outstanding faculty member in the area of corporate law. It also sustains our extremely successful Torys LLP Corporate & Securities Law Forum, which better prepares our students for the business law field."

The Torys LLP Corporate & Securities Law Forum delivers a number of new and existing initiatives and programs, including the Torys LLP Negotiation Competition and the Torys LLP Business & Law Pre-eminent Scholars Series.

Read the Western Law press release here.

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