Paterson Foundation Donates $1 Million to Lakehead Law School

Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Lakehead University Faculty of Law
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Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Lakehead University Faculty of Law
Ontario’s Newest Law School – Photo by Derek Silver

Lakehead Law School Benefits from Paterson Foundation Donation

THUNDER BAY – Lakehead University has graciously accepted a $1 million gift from the Paterson Foundation. The donation is intended to help further ongoing renovations to the Port Arthur Collegiate Institute and the University’s new Faculty of Law. 

“The Paterson Foundation and the Paterson Family have been supporters of Lakehead University from the beginning,” said Don Paterson, President of The Paterson Foundation. “It is our hope that this support to the University will help to highlight the importance of Lakehead University, particularly the Faculty of Law, in our community and will encourage others both in the community and beyond our borders to become involved.” 

In recognition of this most generous gift, the Faculty of Law’s main auditorium will be named The John N. Paterson Faculty of Law Auditorium

Gift will Help Transform Law School

“This gift will help transform PACI into a space where our students will be inspired in their studies,” said Lakehead University Faculty of Law Dean Lee Stuesser. “I’m very thankful for the support of the Paterson Foundation.” 

Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson praised the Paterson Foundation for its continued support. “The Paterson Foundation has been a remarkable supporter of our University, and we are honoured and humbled that the Paterson family would, again, choose to give to Lakehead and our new Faculty of Law.” 

The Paterson Foundation’s previous gifts to Lakehead include to the University’s main library — for which the Chancellor Paterson Library was named — and its Advanced Technology and Academic Centre. 

“The Paterson Foundation has been instrumental to the success of Lakehead University and communities in Northwestern Ontario,” Dr. Stevenson added. “We deeply thank the Paterson family for its continued support and look forward to applying their exceptional gift to the transformation of the former Port Arthur Collegiate Institute into a Faculty of Law Northern Ontario can be proud of.” 

The inaugural Faculty of Law class consists of 60 students from Ontario and other Canadian provinces. 

The Paterson Foundation was started in 1970 by Senator Norman McLeod Paterson. Since then, the Foundation has been a devoted supporter of community organizations in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.

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