Gifted spaces





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The growth of the Mount Royal campus over the past 50 years couldn’t have happened without the contributions of supporters through monetary donations and gifts of time and service. MRU also recognizes the immense impact of funding through the provincial government in transforming the campus.


Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

This world-class performing arts facility is the result of the single-largest gift to MRU, bestowed in 2010 by Don and Ruth Taylor and the Taylor Family Foundation, and is home to the world-renowned Conservatory and the acoustically perfect Bella Concert Hall.


TransAlta Pavilion

Located in the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts, the TransAlta Pavilion commemorates TransAlta’s contribution to the Conservatory campus expansion plan and is a space for events, rehearsals and performances.


Joan C. Snyder Early Childhood Suite

Support from sporting community icon Joan C. Snyder created the Joan C. Snyder Early Childhood Suite in the Conservatory, which provides programs teaching music, speech arts and drama programs for children and youth. 


Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning (RMCCL)

Home to the Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension and named in honour of distinguished alumnus Roderick Mah, this building recognizes generous gifts by Mah’s friends Norman Wong, Donald McCaffrey and Wayne Chiu. 


Ross Glen Hall

Found within the RMCCL and part of a campus expansion completed in 2006, Ross Glen Hall seats 600 people and commemorates the outstanding contributions to MRU by Glen, his family and RGO Products.


Bissett School  of Business

Situated near the site of the former British Commonwealth Air Training Plan’s No. 3 Service Flying Training School, the Bissett School of Business was officially named upon the 2006 announcement that Calgary philanthropist David Bissett had contributed the largest gift ever to a Canadian college.


CN Supply Chain Analytics Lab

Opened in 2019, this innovative state-of-the-art lab lets students seek out and analyze live and historical business data crucial to understanding how ethics, the environment and other factors combine to influence decision-making and the supply chain.


Trico Changemakers Studio

This contemporary co-working space for social innovators from across sectors and for student changemakers from all faculties and disciplines was made possible by Wayne and Eleanor Chiu, founders of the Trico Charitable Foundation.


Dr. John H. Garden Memorial Park

This peaceful space is named for Rev. Dr. John H. Garden, the first student to enrol at Mount Royal in 1911, and was made possible in 1998 by a six-person volunteer committee. It is dedicated to those who have memorial endowments named in their honour. 


Riddell Library and Learning Centre

Named in honour of the generous contributions of geologist, oil executive and philanthropist Clay Riddell and family, the Riddell Library and Learning Centre opened in 2017, home to the MRU Library, the Academic Development Centre, the Archives and Special Collections and several experiential learning spaces.


TransCanada (TC Energy) Amphitheatre

Situated adjacent to the tranquil Charlton Pond, the TransCanada Amphitheatre is the home stage for a number of outdoor performances held throughout the year (and even the occasional wedding), and serves as a community gathering place.


Future home of a centre honouring Sam Taylor

With support from the Taylor Family Foundation, the newest transformation on campus is currently underway as the old Library and Conservatory spaces are repurposed into new classrooms, study spaces and a flexible hub and gathering space.


EnCana Wellness Centre

In 2003 the Encana Wellness Centre brought all MRU health programs together into one unit, making them more easily accessible to the campus and external communities.


Nickle Theatre

In 1992, the Nickle Family Foundation made the Nickle Theatre possible — a cutting-edge space providing students with hands-on training preparing them for the professional world.


Wyatt Recital Hall

Housing a handmade pipe organ gifted by the Carthy Foundation, the Wyatt Recital Hall not only recognizes that amazing gift but the dedication of Hal and Marnie Wyatt to MRU in the form of the Wyatt Artist-in-Residence Program and Concert Series and the newer Hal and Marnie Wyatt Atelier. 


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