Robertson gives $500,000 gift

Posted: May 23, 2014 10:30 a.m.

(R to L) Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education; Elaine and Dr. Bev Robertson;  Dr. Vianne Timmons, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor
(R to L) Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education; Elaine and Dr. Bev Robertson; Dr. Vianne Timmons, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Photo: U of R Photography

In a generous contribution to Building Knowledge – The College Avenue Campus Renewal Project, local Regina entrepreneur, Dr. Bev Robertson, has gifted $500,000 to the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGSPP).

The gift from Dr. Robertson will establish the Centre for Science and Public Policy within JSGSPP and the creation of two graduate fellowship scholarships.

Dr. Robertson is well known in the community for being the owner of the Bushwakker Brewing Company Ltd. He was a professor at the University of Regina in the Department of Physics, having been recruited in 1969. In 2003, he was conferred as a Professor Emeritus and he continues to achieve publication for his physics research to this day, having a physics paper accepted for publication earlier this month. Dr. Roberston is also the Honourary Lieutenant Colonel of 38 Brigade Communications Regiment, Regina squadron.

Located on two university campuses – the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan – the JSGSPP is a source of respected policy advice and commentary. With academic backgrounds such as political science, economics, sociology, geography, law and education, the school’s faculty members train graduate students in an interdisciplinary environment, educate the public on policy matters, and improve the knowledge base from which policymakers draw.

The revitalization of College Avenue campus will transform it into a vibrant, accessible centre of learning, strengthening the University of Regina’s connection to the community and further contributing to the education of the next century of learners and leaders. The campus will be known as the University of Regina Leadership and Outreach Centre (LOC).

College Avenue campus is home to the Centre for Continuing Education, Conservatory of Performing Arts, Darke Hall, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and the Lifelong Learning Centre.