Dec 02, 2011


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Largest donation in Bow Valley College history by RGO’s Ross Glen

CALGARY — The RGO Library and Learning Commons was unveiled at Bow Valley College's (BVC) North Campus on December 2 to the applause of hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and special guests. The naming commemorated a $1 million gift — the largest in the history of the College — from local philanthropist and entrepreneur Ross Glen.

Overall giving from Ross Glen and RGO Office Products totals more than $1.7 million, including previous donations and matching funds triggered by the Government of Alberta's Access to the Future Fund.

Along with the naming, the gift will be used to support learner success and fund innovation in post-secondary education at BVC.

"Ross Glen's generosity and commitment to education, as signified by this gift, will help our more than 12,000 BVC students each year to Learn a Better LivingTM," said Sharon Carry, BVC's president and CEO. "On behalf of our Board of Governors and the College community, I would like to sincerely thank Ross and RGO for their continued support."

Glen and his company RGO Office Products have been supporting the College for more than a decade through student awards and scholarships. This donation marks the largest single donation in BVC's history.

The College made the gift announcement during its Vision 2020 Report to Community. The event featured the findings from its unique community engagement initiative that saw more than 2,000 Calgarians share their dreams and expectations for Calgary and region's only comprehensive community college.

"It's fitting that we're able to announce this donation as we celebrate our Vision 2020 Report to Community — both milestones will ensure BVC is at its best by the year 2020 and beyond," said Carry.

Click here to learn more about RGO Office Products and how they give back to the community.

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