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St Lawrence College announces Uncommon Campaign Cabinet


Retired executive Tom Wightman has been appointed Chair of the Campaign Cabinet of the largest fundraising campaign in St. Lawrence College’s history.

Wightman, who serves on the St. Lawrence College Foundation Board, will lead the 15-member Cabinet in its efforts to raise $11.5 million for the Uncommon Campaign, which includes funding for the largest capital expansion project since the College’s founding 50 years ago.

“I’ve been a huge supporter ever since I understood what St. Lawrence College means to our community, and I’m very excited to have the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for the impact of SLC in general, and of the Uncommon Campaign in particular,” says Wightman. “I’ve told the members of our cabinet that our goal is to make sure SLC’s communities understand the huge impact it has. Like many, I was surprised to learn that one in four households have an SLC graduate, for example, and I think it should be more widely known and appreciated.”

Joining Wightman is a wide-ranging group of philanthropists and business leaders – including six SLC grads:

Eric Bennett
Managing Partner, Cunningham Swan

Peter Dalton
Daltco Electric & Supply, President

Simon Froggatt
KPMG, Office Managing Partner, Kingston

Doug Hogeboom
Retired, Empire Life CEO

Terri McDade (Alumna)
Retired, Dean, Faculty of Arts, St. Lawrence College

Paul McManus
District Vice President, TD Commercial Banking

Patrick Murphy (Alumnus)
Founding Partner, Secura Financial

Bonnie Ruest (Alumna)
Retired, Executive Director, St. Joseph's Continuing Care Centre
Chair, St. Lawrence College Foundation

Steven Smith
CEO, Hansler Smith Limited and Consensus Managed Services Inc.

Bryon Springer
Springer Group of Companies

Bruce Tessier (Alumnus)
BMO Nesbitt Burns, Portfolio Manager
Vice Chair, Board of Governors

Julie Tompkins (Alumna)
Vice-President, Human Resources & Communication Services, Empire Life

Glenn Vollebregt
President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Lawrence College

Gordon MacDougall (Alumnus)
Senior Vice President, Advancement and Business Development, St. Lawrence College

The Uncommon Campaign is already off to a promising start with the announcement in November of a $3-million gift from the Britton Smith Foundation – the largest philanthropic gift in the College’s history. The Uncommon Campaign will raise $11.5 million for five priorities:

  • The Centre for Behavioural Studies in the restored Newcourt House on the SLC campus;
  • The Student Life and Innovation Centre – the largest new build in the College’s history;
  • The Health Care Simulation Labs on each of the three campuses;
  • The Evergreen Fund in support of instructional equipment and technology for all programs;
  • Student Financial Assistance to continue to ensure an SLC education remains accessible to our community.


“Our Campaign Cabinet is an impressive group of community leaders who are devoting their time and talent to make the Uncommon Campaign a success,” said St. Lawrence College President and CEO Glenn Vollebregt. “Our students and our communities will be the ultimate beneficiaries of their efforts, and for that, we’re deeply thankful.”

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About the Campaign: The Uncommon Campaign aims to raise $11.5 million from the community. The federal and provincial governments have also contributed to the capital projects on the Kingston campus, announcing a total of $11.5 million in funding last fall. Students on the Kingston campus voted 81% in favour of a new fee levy to raise a projected $6 million in support of the Student Life and Innovation Centre.

About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 10,000 full-time students, and more than 85,000 proud alumni. Hundreds of students are enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year. As part of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. The college has many Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 350 organizations grow and prosper. Through our Employment Service offices, we work with thousands of clients annually.


For media information:

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451