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Gifts to the School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Walter G. Booth: Visionary, Benefactor

  • In 2003, Walter G. Booth donated $1 million to fund the W Booth Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the development of the Master of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEEI) program. In 2008, the School was renamed the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice , in honour of additional $2 million donation from W Booth for Engineering Technology Building.


  • In 2004, Xerox donated $1 million to establish new Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

General Motors

  • In 2005, GM Canada donated $1 million to found the CMC Centre for Engineering Design.

ArcelorMittal Dofasco

  • In 2005, ArcelorMittal Dofasco donated $1 million to establish Canada’s 1st Centre for Engineering and Public Policy.

McMaster Engineering Class of ‘62

  • In 2010,  McMaster Engineering Class of ‘62 donated approximately $3 million, part of which was to establish the Chair in Eco-entrepreneurship.

Stephen Elop and Rob Burgess

  • Stephen Elop, former executive vice president of the Microsoft Devices Group, graduate of the Faculty of Engineering's five-year Computer Engineering and Management program, gave a gift of support towards the School for Engineering Practice.

    McMaster Alumnus, Rob Burgess, former Director, Adobe Systems Inc., has generously matched Mr. Elop's gift and together, they supported the creation of the Presentation Layer for the School of Engineering Practice.

Don Pether

  • In 2011, Don Pether donated $1 million for the establishment of the Don Pether Incubation Centre at MIP.

Philomathia Foundation

  • In 2012, The Philomathia Foundation announces $1 million gift to McMaster to establish the Philomathia Foundation Water Project, including funding for the Philomathia Foundation Professor in Water Policy and Research (co-appointed between the School and Social Sciences).