Our Donors


The Institute receives no base funding from Mount Royal University and therefore relies on the generosity of donors in order to have a transformational impact on students and the community. In addition to a foundational endowment provided by David and Leslie Bissett, the Institute is grateful for the ongoing commitment of the following community leaders.




RBC Foundation
Following a 2011 foundational donation of $1.1M, in 2021 the RBC Foundation committed a further $525,000 over 3 years to support student innovation and entrepreneurship programming.





JMH & Co.
After 10 years of support, in 2021 JMH extended their commitment for a further 5 years, ensuring an additional $300,000 will be provided to students participating in the LaunchPad Founders Fund and Pitch Competition. 





TD Bank 
TD Bank has provided a commitment of $500,000 over 5 years to establish the Institute’s Business Growth programs such as Growth Catalyst that will transform Alberta’s small and medium businesses. 




Cathy and Bruce Williams
The Williams have committed $300,000 to establishing the Cathy and Bruce Williams Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund that will provide paid work-integrated learning experiences to MRU students as well as promote the thought leadership of MRU in the community. 





connectFirst Credit Union
connectFirst has committed $75,000 over 3 years to fund the connectFirst Student Entrepreneur program and the connectFirst Social Impact Award.