The Uggla Family Scholarship

About the Uggla Family Scholarship

The Uggla Family Scholarship is an exciting new pathway to a brighter, more diverse future. Made possible by a visionary commitment from SFU alumnus and business leader Lance Uggla (BBA ’85) and his family, this flagship scholarship program supports 10 exceptional students per year to study at SFU who may not otherwise be able to afford a university education.

Students who become Uggla Family Scholars will demonstrate strong academic and leadership potential.  The program will support, though not exclusively, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, those living with a disability and those who identify as Indigenous, Black, or a person of colour.

A transformational program

The Uggla family’s commitment is the largest ever received in SFU’s history and the largest gift of its kind to a Canadian university. The family has established a similar initiative at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where Uggla earned his master’s degree, and also supports the university education of graduates from the Shitima School in Zambia. Once fully rolled out, these three scholarship programs will enable a university education for 100 talented students across the world in any one year.

Both SFU and LSE will welcome their first student cohorts in fall 2021.

We are inspired by and deeply grateful for the Uggla family’s profound vision to empower the future leaders our diverse communities need. This is truly a transformative gift that will help to change lives, advance society and enable SFU to continue its growth as a leading advocate of equity, diversity and inclusion. - SFU President Joy Johnson

The Uggla Family Scholarship program was created in perpetuity to:

  • Remove barriers to post-secondary education for high achieving students
  • Ensure successful transition to university learning and life
  • Build confidence and develop skills
  • Foster academic achievement
  • Position students for career and leadership success
  • Build an international community of mutual support in partnership with LSE
  • Foster networks for life through a dynamic alumni cohort

How to apply

Before even taking their first steps on campus, Uggla Family Scholars join a supportive learning environment designed to help them reach their full promise as leaders and citizens. Scholars will receive much more than just financial aid, gaining widespread leadership development support to advance their personal and professional growth. Students and future graduates of the program will also inspire and challenge each other as they build connections through a common experience and their individual perspectives. Applications for 2022 will be available later this year.



The Uggla Family Scholarship will cover costs for tuition, fees, books, housing and expenses, but will also go beyond financial aid. Students will receive a robust orientation to help ensure their successful journey as scholars.

Throughout their undergraduate programs, Uggla Family Scholars will:

  • receive leadership programming, mentorship, experiences and other opportunities for personal growth and development
  • be supported by a program manager as well as wellness, residence, student, academic and career and co-op/internship advisors
  • share in ongoing networking and engagement to connect them during their studies and as alumni.

Scholars will be required to:

  • participate, progress and complete their academic programs
  • partake in customized academic and co-curricular initiatives
  • engage in events and activities designed to recognize the program and foster lifelong connections.



SFU is excited to welcome the first Uggla Family Scholars to our community for fall 2021.

The Uggla Family Scholarship welcomes applications from those living with a disability, members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, and those who identify as Indigenous, Black, and people of colour, who demonstrate academic and leadership potential.

Aligned with the Uggla family’s interests, the program will begin in the Beedie School of Business and the Faculty of Applied Sciences and expand to all SFU faculties in future years.

10 students will be admitted to SFU through the Uggla Family Scholarship each year, in perpetuity. New cohorts begin their journey in the program every fall term.

The Uggla family

The unprecedented commitment from the Uggla family reflects their deep belief in social mobility, equity, diversity and inclusion. Lance Uggla says the impetus for giving back is his family’s belief in the positive return that results when doors are opened for those who have traditionally faced barriers to higher education.

Uggla grew up in Burnaby and nurtured his entrepreneurial spirit while at SFU and, later, at LSE.

He worked in the financial sector in Toronto before moving to London, where, in 2003, he founded Mark-it Partners, a data, analytics and software provider, focused on the financial industry.  He grew the company both organically and through acquisition, taking it public in 2014.

In 2016, Uggla jointly led the merger of IHS and Markit, becoming chairman and CEO in 2018. As a leading information company, IHS Markit provides data, insight and software to help its customers within financial services, energy and transportation make more informed decisions, driving their growth, efficiency and performance. The company has more than 15,000 employees in 34 countries globally and embraces an entrepreneurial approach through shared ownership with its employees.

IHS Markit has more than 50,000 business and government customers, including 80 per cent of the Fortune Global 500 and the world’s leading financial institutions.

Uggla was previously Head of Global Markets at CIBC and latterly Head of Europe and Asia and Cohead Credit Trading at TD Securities. Chosen as the Ernst & Young UK Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012, Uggla was also recognized with SFU’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 2014.

He is a supporter of numerous charitable causes, primarily those focused on giving children a better start in life including Zamcog, a school in Zambia for street children which his family started, that today have more than 440 students.


Videos of Lance Uggla at different speaking engagements

Lance Uggla's acceptance speech at the SFU Outstanding Alumni Awards on February 26, 2014


Sibos 2019: Views from the Top with Lance Uggla, CEO, IHS Markit - 23 Sept 2019

I feel fortunate every single day that I have benefited from an excellent university education, and by enabling these scholarships in perpetuity it is my way of saying thank you to Simon Fraser University and LSE for giving me such a strong foundation for my career. I am a father of four amazing children who are all building their careers from a similarly strong foundation. The Uggla Family Scholars that this program will support, all from less advantaged backgrounds, will equally be given the opportunity to excel in the years ahead. – Lance Uggla, Chairman and CEO of London-based IHS Markit, and a graduate of SFU’s Beedie Business School of Business (BBA ’85)



Additional information


The Uggla Family Scholarship is truly transformational for SFU, helping us to ensure that more bright minds receive enhanced support and education, provide improved opportunities for diverse communities, and advance equality throughout society.

Creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community where all feel welcome, safe, accepted and appreciated in learning, teaching, research and work is a key priority for SFU.

We are privileged to do this work on the unceded, traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Katzie, and other Coast Salish peoples.

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London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

As an alumnus of SFU as well as the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Lance Uggla with his family have created the Uggla Scholarship at both institutions to empower inclusive leadership and create an international cohort of scholars.

LSE is an internationally renowned university specializing in the social sciences. Its expertise spans a wide range of disciplines from economics, politics and law, to sociology, health policy, accounting and finance.   

As one of the most international universities in the world, the School’s diversity of people, ideas and interests make it an exciting centre for research, teaching and public engagement. 

Established in 1895, the original vision of LSE as ‘a community of people and ideas, founded to know the causes of things, for the betterment of society’ remains true to this day.  It continues to use its research-led expertise to influence governments, NGOs, businesses and others to help tackle the world’s most pressing problems. For more information visit

About IHS Markit

IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO) is a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. IHS Markit has more than 50,000 business and government customers, including 80 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and the world’s leading financial institutions. Headquartered in London, IHS Markit is committed to sustainable, profitable growth and to an inclusive work environment across the organization.