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Jarislowsky Foundation gifts $1 million to launch religion and culture chair

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Contact: Erica Branda, University Advancement, 604.291.3353,

December 8, 2006

A $1 million gift from the Jarislowsky Foundation will be matched by Simon Fraser University to create a $2 million endowment to support the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Cultural Change Dynamics in the faculty of arts and social sciences.

Through teaching and research, the chair holder (to be named in late 2007) will advance the understanding of different cultures and religious traditions, and how globalization and other contemporary forces are impacting them. Research will span the disciplines of history, anthropology, political science and international studies.

Dr. Stephen Jarislowksy, chairman and chief executive officer of Jarislowsky, Fraser and Company, says: "Vancouver is a centre for most major cultures on earth and will benefit from a greater investment in the study of arts and humanities. This chair will be another catalyst to reinforce SFU’s vigorous mission for excellence.”

Acknowledging the Jarislowsky Foundation’s generous support, SFU president Michael Stevenson adds that “it augments the tremendous expertise SFU is building in complementary areas, all in partnership with members of our community. The work of this chair will round out that of two new chairs in international law and human security, created in partnership with the Simons Foundation, and with our new Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Cultures.”

Jarislowsky, Fraser and Company, is one of the largest and most successful investment management firms in Canada, managing assets of over C$62 billion by 2006.  Jarislowsky is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Knight of the National Order of Quebec, and holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from a growing list of Canadian universities.