TD Bank Group makes $750,000 donation to uOttawa

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Students who are environmental leaders and those enrolled in courses with an environmental component will receive direct financial aid thanks to the University of Ottawa's TD Green Bursaries and The Centre for Global and Community Engagement's Environmental Leadership Program.

TD Bank Group announced this morning that it has pledged $750,000 towards a fund that will allow the University of Ottawa to provide scholarships and financial support to 50 students over the next ten years. Of this amount, $500,000 will be allocated to the TD Green Bursaries, a program that supports students who are passionate about environmental issues. The remaining $250,000 will support the Centre for Global and Community Engagement's Environmental Leadership Program, which aims to strengthen the leadership skills of students who address environmental issues and challenges in local communities.

“The commitment of TD Bank Group to support our community-minded students to pursue their passion for sustainability in an eco-friendly environment is very inspiring,” says Christian Detellier, Vice-President, Academic and Provost at the University of Ottawa. “This engagement will not only benefit the recipients, but will also have an impact on our environment, making a lasting difference for generations to come.”

“We are proud to support the next generation of green leaders here at the University of Ottawa,” says Debra Armstrong, Senior Vice-President, Credit Cards, TD Bank Group. “These students are the future and it is important that we support and encourage their endeavors as they strive to make a difference here in Canada and beyond.”

Since 2004, 50 TD Green Bursaries have been awarded to deserving University of Ottawa students from a variety of faculties enrolled in a wide selection of courses that feature a strong sustainability component.

“I can attest to the fact that this bursary has helped me through school” says Annalise Mathers, a third-year honours biomedical sciences student and TD Green Bursary recipient. “It enables students like me to dream big and achieve even bigger.”

Mathers' appreciation for the environment began at an early age as she learned about trees and soil management on her family's woodlot. This appreciation motivates her “to encourage others to be conscious of their actions and to remember that every effort and every individual can act as the change they want to see in our world.” Based on her recent travels to South America, she suggests that “we need to start reusing what we have without harming the Earth.”

About the University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual university in the world, where students can study in English, in French, or in both languages. Located in the capital of Canada, a G8 nation, we are committed to research excellence and encourage an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation. Our breakthroughs in health, science, social sciences and the humanities attract global attention, reflecting our ranking among Canada's top 10 research universities and our ongoing drive to discover.

About TD Bank Group

The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (TD). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches and serves approximately 22 million customers in four key businesses operating in a number of locations in financial centres around the globe: Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD CanadaTrust and TD Auto Finance Canada; Wealth and Insurance, including TD Wealth, TD Direct Investing, an investment in TD Ameritrade, and TD Insurance; U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking, including TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, and TD Auto Finance U.S.; and Wholesale Banking, including TD Securities. TD also ranks among the world's leading online financial services firms, with approximately 8 million active online and mobile customers. TD had CDN$835 billion in assets on July 31, 2013. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades under the symbol "TD" on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.


Caroline Milliard
Manager of Media Relations
University of Ottawa
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