Alex Trebek gives uOttawa $5 million for Forum for Dialogue

Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Distinguished alumnus Alex Trebek has given $5 million to the University of Ottawa to create the Forum for Dialogue, a new platform to discuss provocative, timely and constructive ideas on issues that matter to Canadians.

The Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue will leverage uOttawa’s location, community, convening power and expertise in public policy. It will also showcase the work of uOttawa scholars and researchers, and give students an opportunity to hear a wide range of views on the issues of the day.

Programming will include:

  • The annual Alex Trebek Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Speeches and lectures from visiting senior government officials and foreign dignitaries
  • Public panels and events on collaborative, solution-oriented research projects focused on finding practical solutions to challenges facing Canada
  • Conferences, round tables, panels and other events on issues broadly related to public policy, organized by faculties, professors, researchers, chairs, institutes and students

“I truly believe that a campus should be a place for conversation and debate. This type of platform will provide students with meaningful learning experiences outside the classroom and give them the opportunity to share in the insights of highly knowledgeable dignitaries, researchers, and professionals,” said Alex Trebek, distinguished alumnus and host of Jeopardy!

Alex Trebek’s most recent gift raises his financial commitment to the University of Ottawa to $7.5 million. His initial generous gift led to the 2015 inauguration of the Alex Trebek Alumni Hall and the Alex Trebek Distinguished Lecture Series.

“Alex Trebek is a champion of education in general and the University of Ottawa in particular. The Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue will enable us to use our university’s unique expertise, biculturalism and bilingualism to create a prominent Canadian platform for discussing and debating important provincial, national and international issues,” said University of Ottawa President Allan Rock.

Mr. Trebek earned a degree in philosophy from the University of Ottawa before embarking on a career in broadcasting, covering national news and special events for radio and television. With the growing popularity of game shows, he eventually segued into the role of host of Jeopardy! and quickly became a pop culture icon. In 1996, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Ottawa and in 1998, he received the Meritas Tabaret Award for Alumni Achievement, the top award bestowed on alumni by the University.

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