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Bob Rennie honoured with chancellor’s award

February 02, 2012
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SFU is recognizing marketer and art collector Bob Rennie (above) with its 2012 Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award for his role in bringing the Woodward’s redevelopment—and SFU’s new home for the School for the Contemporary Arts—to fruition.

The award recognizes individuals outside the university community who have made a distinguished contribution to the province in areas in which SFU has a major interest or direct association.

Rennie, director of Rennie Marketing Systems, ardently championed SFU’s goal to move SFU Contemporary Arts into the Woodward’s complex. He lobbied potential donors and politicians and generously helped with a $30-million fundraising campaign to move the school downtown.

Rennie’s passion for contemporary art is well known. He has created one of Canada’s leading collections and restored Chinatown’s oldest building—the Wing Sang, built in 1889—to house it.

The Rennie Collection at Wing Sang museum installs three exhibitions a year, is open to the public with guided tours, features an artist speakers series and produces a full catalogue program.

Rennie also chairs the North American Acquisitions Committee at the Tate Museum in London and is a member of the Tate International Council.

He sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board to the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia and on the Board of Governors of Emily Carr University.

Rennie is also involved in a number of community organizations, including the Streetohome Foundation, the VGH Hospital Foundation and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

His many awards and honours include an honorary degree from Emily Carr University and the Heritage Award of Honour from the City of Vancouver.

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