G. Raymond Chang, Ryerson University’s popular and beloved third chancellor, and famous business leader and philanthropist, died earlier this weekend.
“Whenever students needed help, Ray was there on their behalf, ” stated Leader Sheldon Levy. “He put students in the center of all things he did with Ryerson. He was excited to be with students and it was on campus frequently, whether relaxing in on classes or discussing within the celebration of the accomplishments. He was always a motivation, and the passing is really a tremendous loss for the college and also the many 1000's of individuals whose lives Ray touched in the amazing time around. With respect to the Ryerson community I wish to express our greatest sympathy to Ray’s wife, Donette, and the children, Andrew and Brigette.”
Flags at Ryerson will fly at half-staff in the honor, as well as an online tribute forum has been released. Funeral plans haven't yet been completed.
Chang, who had been noted for his trademark smile and friendly character, offered as Ryerson’s chancellor from 2006 to 2012.
Naomi Cowan, a Ryerson graduate who had been students person in the Ryerson Board of Governors throughout Chang’s tenure, stated: “Ray Chang was ever present for that students. I saw first-hands like a student person in the Board that people were his most important. He would be a wonderful illustration of leading with humbleness.”
In the speech at graduation events in June, 2012 Chang told students: “We are relying on you to definitely use the understanding and abilities you've acquired at Ryerson – transform them into ideas and actions that bring wealth, peace and happiness. But anything you do, or anywhere you go, I challenge you [to] really make a difference. Ryerson thinks inside your capabilities and stands ready that will help you again if further learning is within your plans.”
Chang were built with a particular curiosity about long term learning and also the G. Raymond Chang School of Ongoing Education was named in the honor, realizing his major gift of $5 million towards the school. This Year the Toronto Star known as Chang the “covert philanthropist” for his unique mixture of generosity with anonymity. Chang focused his giving on education and research, silently supporting hospitals, colleges and museums in Canada and also the Caribbean.
Chang, the previous Boss of CI Financial, received many honours and tributes throughout his existence. Captured he was hired a police officer from the Order of Canada this year he was granted an order of Jamaica this year, he received the outstanding philanthropist award in the Greater Toronto Chapter from the Association of Fundraiser Professionals and that he has gotten honorary levels in the College from the West Indies and Ryerson College.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Chang found Canada in 1967 to review, being a chartered accountant. He would be a founding father of CI Financial, among the biggest openly exchanged mutual fund companies in the united states.