News & Announcements

David Asper Receives Teaching Excellence Award

May 5, 2021 – David Asper, Acting Dean of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law, received a Students’ Teacher Recognition Award celebrating teaching excellence from the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Manitoba. For more information, please see here and here.

Gail Asper Receives 150 Manitoba Women Trailblazer Award

February 3, 2021 – Gail Asper received the Nellie McClung Foundation’s 150 Manitoba Women Trailblazer Award. The award salutes the contributions that Manitoba women have made to social justice, arts, sports, politics, community activities and promoting democracy while developing the province. For more information, please see here.

Doing Better, Reaching Higher

March 4, 2020 – Please click here to see the profile of David Asper in the Alumni News from California Western, School of Law, San Diego.

David Asper: A Giving Life – One of Canada’s Most Spirited & Influential Donors

March 3, 2020 – The January/February 2020 issue of Foundation, The Business & Spirit of Philanthropy in Canada magazine published a feature profile on David Asper. To read the article, please click here.

The Asper Foundation Supports Economic Empowerment of Palestinian Women in East Jerusalem

February 3, 2020 – The Asper Foundation in partnership with MATI -The Jerusalem Business Development Center is pleased to announce support of Turning Point, an economic empowerment and business development program for Palestinian women in East Jerusalem. For more information, please click here and watch the video here.

David Asper to Receive Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from University of Manitoba

January 31, 2020 – The University of Manitoba will be conferring an honorary Doctor of Laws degree on David Asper at the university’s 141st spring convocation. For more information, please click here.

The Asper Foundation Awards Annual Funding to University of Manitoba International Law Program Centre

January 27, 2020 – The University of Manitoba’s Robson Hall Faculty of Law announced that The Asper Foundation will be annually supporting The Asper International Program on Israeli Law and Society (Mishpatim). For more information, please click here.

Launch of 2019-2020 Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program

October 31, 2019 – The Asper Foundation is proud to launch the 2019-2020 Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program for grades 7 to 9 students from Canada. For more information, please click here and here.

The Asper Foundation Donates $50,000 to Project Rozana Canada

October 3, 2019 – The Asper Foundation is proud to provide $50,000 in support of Project Rozana Canada over the next three years. Through healthcare, this initiative seeks to create pathways to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. For more information, please click here and here.

Asper Performing Arts Centre to Open

June 19, 2019 – At a ceremony held in Migdal HaEmek, Israel, it was announced that the Asper Performing Art Centre will be established. For more information, please click here.

Launch of “The Israel Story” Initiative

June 18, 2019 – The Asper Foundation is pleased to announce a partnership with Shalem College in the creation of “The Israel Story”, an ambitious educational initiative that explores central Zionist themes and ideas through the close examination of significant works of modern Hebrew and Zionist literature. For more information, please click here.

David Asper Appointed as Queen’s Counsel

June 4, 2019 – Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced today that David Asper has been appointed as Queen’s counsel. For more information, please click here, here, and here.

Gail Asper: Conversation with a Visionary

May 16, 2019 – What she did for Winnipeg with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, she now wants to do for Tel Aviv. President David Barnard caught up with the philanthropist, lawyer and Black Hole Theatre alumna to talk about her next pursuit (a $400-million Jewish Museum on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea), what she learned from her mom growing up—and her dream role on Broadway. See article here.

Law alumni, students, contribute to charity in remarkable way

May 16, 2019 – When Gail Asper stepped onstage in the role of Donna, an aging hippie whose daughter Sophie is determined to identify her real father through the music of ABBA, the audience roared, whistled and cheered. For the next two hours, the respected Winnipeg lawyer, philanthropist and President and Trustee of the Asper Foundation delivered a solid performance, acting, singing and dancing alongside more than 30 other members of Manitoba’s legal community in Mamma Mia!, this year’s Lawyers Play. The annual production took place May 7 to 11 at the Tom Hendry Warehouse and featured a number of sparkling costumes that included bell bottoms and platform boots. See article here.

Board of Trustees appoints Leonard Asper as Chair

May 11, 2019 – The Board of Trustees of The Asper Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Leonard Asper as Chair of The Asper Foundation. For more information, please click here.

Award-winning human rights program empowers and transforms Canadian youth at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

April 26, 2019 – The Asper Foundation’s award-winning Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program has reached over 14,000 youth across Canada promoting understanding and sensitizing students to the consequences of racism. For more information, see here.

Fighting for a Rights-Based Society

March 25, 2019 – David Asper’s giving through the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights reflects his belief that society must be ever-vigilant in safeguarding its rights. For more information, please see here.

Advisory Council Member of World’s Jewish Museum to Speak in Winnipeg

February 27, 2019 – Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author, scholar and World’s Jewish Museum Advisory Council member, will speak in Winnipeg on May 9, 2019. For more information, please see here, here, and here.

Tribute to Izzy Asper to be Featured at Jazz Festival Event at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

January 28, 2019 – On June 18, 2019, a tribute to Izzy Asper as a founder of Jazz Winnipeg will be held at a special 30th anniversary event being held at the Canadian Museum for Human. For more information, please see here.

David Asper new chair of Manitoba Police Commission

January 11, 2019 – David Asper has been appointed to a four-year term as the chair of the Manitoba Police Commission. For more information, click here, here, here, and here.

Launch of 2018-2019 Asper Foundation Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program

November 29, 2018 – The Asper Foundation is proud to launch the 2018-2019 Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program for grades 7 to 9 students from Canada. For more information, click here.

Izzy Asper Jazz Performances Welcomes New Producer

November 26, 2018 – The Asper Foundation and the Rady Jewish Community Centre are pleased to announce that Charlene Diehl will become Producer of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances on January 1, 2019. For more information, see here.

Bank of Canada Issues New $10 Bank Note Featuring Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Viola Desmond

November 19, 2018 – Today, the Bank of Canada issued the new $10 bank note featuring the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and Viola Desmond. See photos here and here. For more information, see here, here, here, here, here, and here.

David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights Celebrates 10th Anniversary

October 17, 2018 – The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights at the University of Toronto is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary. For more information, see here.

Olympic Passion Inspires Record $2.5 Million Donation by the David and Ruth Asper family

October 11, 2018 – On October 11, David and Ruth Asper and their children Daniel, Rebecca and Max announced the largest donation to Olympic sport in Canadian history with a transformative $2.5 million contribution to the Next Generation Initiative. For more information, see here, here, here, here, here and here.

Referendum on Opening of Portage and Main

October 4, 2018 – On October 24, Winnipeg voters are being asked to answer the referendum question “Do you support the opening of Portage and Main to pedestrian crossings?” See video of Gail Asper’s thoughts here and learn more about the Vote Open campaign here.

Canadian Race Relations Foundation Honours Moe Levy

September 27, 2018 – The Canadian Race Relations Foundation honoured Moe Levy, Executive Director of The Asper Foundation, with a 2018 Community Champion Special Award. For more information, see here and here.

The Asper Foundation Opening Night Gala at the WSO

September 17, 2018 – The Asper Foundation Opening Night Gala at the Winnipeg Symphony featured world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax and the debut of maestro Daniel Raiskin, the WSO’s new music director. For more information, see here and here.

The Asper Foundation Makes $195,000 Commitment to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

September 10, 2018 – The Asper Foundation has made a three-year $195,000 commitment to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB), ensuring live music is performed at the Canadian premiere of the RWB’s The Wizard of Oz. For more information, see here.

Gail Asper, Dr. Michael Paterson and Family Make Matching Donation to IISD ELA

September 6, 2018 – The International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area in Kenora, Ontario received a $1 million matching donation from Gail Asper, Dr. Michael Paterson and family. For more information, see here, here, here, here and here.

Misericordia Health Centre Foundation Donation

July 18, 2018 – The Asper Foundation is pleased to make a donation to the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation in Winnipeg, Canada in support of specialized eye care equipment.

Manitoba Opera to Honour Gail Asper For Her Exemplary Leadership and Vision

July 12, 2018 – Manitoba Opera announced that it will honour Gail Asper for her exemplary leadership and vision with a Gala Reception on September 13 in Winnipeg including honouring Ms. Asper with the inaugural Gail Asper Award. For more information, see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

The Asper Foundation Celebrates 35th Anniversary and New Offices

June 28, 2018 – The Asper Foundation celebrated its 35th anniversary and new offices with a wonderful party attended by trustees, staff, friends and colleagues. Please see here for photos from the event.

The Asper Foundation Welcomes Carolyn Jarvin as CFO

June 21, 2018 – The Asper Foundation is pleased to welcome Carolyn Jarvin as CFO. Gail Asper, President and Trustee of The Asper Foundation commented, “We are delighted to welcome Carolyn Jarvin to The Asper Foundation Team. Her skills and experience make her a welcome addition to the Foundation and we look forward to growing and strengthening the Foundation with her guidance, over many years.” Please see Ms. Jarvin’s bio here.

David and Ruth Asper Receive Mitzvah Award

June 19, 2018 – David and Ruth Asper received a Jewish Child and Family Service Mitzvah Award in Winnipeg. Al Benarroch, Executive Director of JCFS commented, “David and Ruth‘s steadfast support of JCFS in broad-sweeping ways, as well as with practical gifts like these which allow access to sporting events, have touched the lives of those less fortunate in ways that cannot be described. We are forever grateful and thankful of Ruth and David’s philanthropy and generosity.” For more information, see here.

Ceremony Celebrates Edible Garden Program‘s Critical Impact on Israel’s Educational Landscape

June 7, 2018 – The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee hosted a special ceremony in Israel to honour The Asper Foundation‘s pioneering role in green learning in Israel through its Edible Garden Program. In attendance were senior representatives from the Israeli Ministry of Education, Kiryat Gat Municipality, and JDC’s Ashalim partnership. For more information, please see here.

Tribute Ceremony Marking Two Decades of The Asper International Holocaust Studies Program

June 7, 2018 – Yad Vashem hosted a tribute ceremony in Israel marking two decades of The Asper International Holocaust Studies Program at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies. The ceremony was attended by Canadian Ambassador to Israel Deborah A. Lyons. For more information, please see here.

Celebrating Over a Decade of Successful Cooperation

June 6, 2018 – Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya hosted a special ceremony in Israel celebrating the past decade since the establishment of The Asper Institute for New Media Diplomacy at the school. For more information and photos from the event, please see here.

The Asper Foundation Supports Mandela: Struggle for Freedom Exhibit

June 4, 2018 – The Canadian Museum for Human Rights partnered with the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, South Africa to create a world-class exhibition on Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy entitled, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom which The Asper Foundation is supporting. See photos from the opening exhibition gala event here and article here.

David Asper Receives Distinguished Community Service Medal

May 17, 2018 – David Asper, Chair of The Asper Foundation, received the Sol Kanee Distinguished Community Service Medal at a May 17 Kavod Evening at Winnipeg’s Congregation Shaarey Zedek. For more information on the award and photos of the ceremony, see here. Photo: David Asper (L) receives medal from former Senator Richard Kroft.

Support for Manitoba Museum’s “Bringing Our Stories Forward” Capital Renewal Project

May 3, 2018 – The Asper Foundation donates $400,000 and Gail Asper and Michael Paterson personally donate $100,000 to the Manitoba Museum’s “Bringing Our Stories Forward” Capital Renewal Project. For more information, see here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Award-winning human rights program empowers and transforms Canadian youth

April 27, 2018 – The Asper Foundation’s award-winning Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program has reached over 14,000 youth across Canada promoting understanding and sensitizing students to the consequences of racism. For more information, see here.

KidSport Winnipeg

April 9, 2018 – David and Ruth Asper donate $15,000 to KidSport Winnipeg to support the ninth annual Doug Brown Football Camp. For more information, see here, here, here and here.

The 2018 Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship

April 4, 2018 – The Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship is given annually to a person who best exemplifies the values of entrepreneurial spirit and independent thinking at Brandeis IBS while achieving outstanding success in the global marketplace through creative marketing and business strategies. For more information, see here, here, and here.

Goodbye to a Dear Friend

April 2, 2018 – The trustees, staff and extended family of The Asper Foundation mourn the passing of our dear friend Louise Nebbs, Chief Financial Officer of The Asper Foundation. Please see obituary here.

Opening of Newest Edible Garden

March 18, 2018 – The Asper Foundation, in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Education and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, opened its newest edible garden including an educators’ training program at the Al-Zaharaa Experimental School in the Arab village of Kafr Qasim. For photos of the opening, see here. For more information, see here.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights on New $10 Banknote

March 8, 2018 – The Canadian Museum For Human Rights is honoured to be featured on new $10 bank note with Viola Desmond. For more information, see here and here.

The Asper Foundation Pledges $500,000 to United Way Winnipeg

March 2, 2018 – The Asper Foundation is proud to make a $500,000 gift to United Way Winnipeg’s For Every Family initiative. For more information, see here, here, here and here.

Gail Asper Receives Outstanding Philanthropist Award

November 15, 2017 – Gail Asper was presented with the Outstanding Philanthropist award by the Manitoba Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the 2017 Manitoba Philanthropy Awards. For more information, see here, here and here.

Canadian Jewish Experience (CJE) Launches in Winnipeg

October 27, 2017 – On October 27, 2017, The Asper Foundation helped launch the Winnipeg City Hall exhibit of the cross-Canada CJE initiative. For more information, see here. On November 23, 2017, the The Honourable Myrna Driedger, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, hosted the official opening of the CJE exhibit at the Manitoba Legislature. For more information, see here.

The Asper Foundation Supports Nellie McClung’s Legacy

September 9, 2017 – The Asper Foundation kicked off a project to support Nellie McClung’s legacy with a $30,000 donation. For more information, see here and here.

Hundreds of Tickets Donated to Underprivileged Youth for 2017 Canada Summer Games

July 25, 2017 – The Asper Foundation and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba donated hundreds of tickets to underprivileged youth allowing them to experience the thrill of athletic competition and the spectacle of the 2017 Canada Summer Games. Click here for more information.

David Asper to be inducted into 2017 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame

June 23, 2017 – David Asper to be inducted into 2017 Winnipeg Blue Bombers Hall of Fame. Click here, here, here, and here for more information.

50th Anniversary of Jerusalem’s Reunification

June 5, 2017 – Gail Asper, President of The Asper Foundation and Naomi Azrieli, Chair and CEO of The Azrieli Foundation, attended a gala event at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification. See photo here.

Hands to Heart: Yoga for a Cause

May 7, 2017 – David & Ruth Asper and Orangetheory Fitness in Winnipeg, Manitoba presented Hands to Heart: Yoga for a Cause. David and Ruth Asper donated $15,000 to the event. All proceeds raised in Manitoba went towards the Canadian Women‘s Foundation’s Campaign to End Violence to support Manitoba shelters. Click here for more information.

David Asper Confirmed as Chair of the Winnipeg Police Board

April 27, 2017 – David Asper confirmed as Chair of the Winnipeg Police Board. Click here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here for more information. Photo: David Asper (right) pictured with Mayor Brian Bowman, sworn in as new Winnipeg Police Board Chair.

Gail Asper Receives Honorary Degree

April 25, 2017 – Gail Asper received an honorary degree from Mount Saint Vincent University on May 19. Click here, here, here, and here for more information.

Human Rights Program Reaches 14,000

April 21, 2017 – The Asper Foundation’s award-winning Human Rights and Holocaust Studies Program reaches 14,000 youth across Canada promoting understanding and sensitizing students to the consequences of racism. For more information, click here.

Ruth Asper Inducted Into Churchill Bulldogs’ Hall of Fame

April 19, 2017 – Ruth Asper has been inducted into the Churchill Bulldogs’ Hall of Fame. For more information, click here.

University of Manitoba / Asper Entrepreneurship Students Win Big in Fredericton

February 2, 2017 – The University of Manitoba undergrad team of Evgeny Gotfrid, Joshua Zaporzan, Marlee McMillan, and Derek Solman (Team MedicHero) competed and won 1st place at the BMO Apex Business Planning Competition in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Click here for more information.

KidSport Winnipeg

November 24, 2016 – David and Ruth Asper donated $15,000 to KidSport Winnipeg for the 2017 Annual Doug Brown Football Camp. Photo: Gloria Thom, Executive Assistant to David Asper presents cheque to Matt Erhard, Board Chair of KidSport Winnipeg. Click here and here for more information.

Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg

November 21, 2016 – David and Ruth Asper donated $10,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg. Photo: Gloria Thom, Executive Assistant to David Asper presents cheque to Ron Brown, President and CEO, Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg.

The Asper Foundation Staff Visit Native Women’s Transition Centre

October 17, 2016 – Staff of The Asper Foundation visited Winnipeg‘s Native Women’s Transition Centre to hear about and see the incredible work of this important organization. Click here for more information.

Gail Asper Donates Record Single Donation to National Arts Centre Creating Babs Asper Theatre

September 28, 2016 – Canada’s National Arts Centre announced a lead $5 million gift to its “Creation Campaign” by Gail Asper. Click here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here for more information.

University of Manitoba Names Arts Hall after Gail Asper

September 20, 2016 – The Gail Asper Performing Arts Hall was officially named as philanthropists Gail Asper and Michael Paterson presented a $2 million gift to the University of Manitoba. Click here, here, and here for more information.

David and Ruth Asper Early Learning Centre

July 6, 2016 – The David and Ruth Asper Early Learning Centre will open in Winnipeg on July 13, 2016. Click here, here, here, and here for more information.

Gail Asper Receives Honorary Doctorate from Carleton University

June 7, 2016 – Carleton University conferred a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on Gail Asper, president of The Asper Foundation, in recognition of her humanitarian work, advocacy for human rights and leading volunteer service to the community. Click here for more information.

New Funding For World Class Health Facility In Winnipeg

April 20, 2016 – The Asper Foundation donates $200,000 to the Health Sciences Centre for Surgical Innovation. Read the press release here, and view media coverage here, here, here and here.

Pan Am Clinic Foundation Honours Ruth and David Asper

March 20, 2016 – Ruth and David Asper were honoured at the Pan Am Clinic Foundation’s 11th annual Fire and Ice Gala for their continuous support and generosity. For more information, please click here.

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