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Introducing the Premier Issue of the UWI Toronto Benefit Gala Newsletter!

Sharing quarterly news and stories from to The University of the West Indies, it's campuses, students and profiling gamechangers  making a difference across the Caribbean.



The UWI Toronto Benefit Gala 2017 is now one for the history books. Our gratitude to Scotiabank who has led the charge as Lead Sponsor and our partner – for eight consecutive years.  

Each year you generously give your time and money so that students thousands of miles away, in the Caribbean, can have hope that their dream of a good education will be realized. With your help we raise almost CDN$500,000 for the UWI Scholarship fund.

We are proud of this event that honours and celebrates great works through our extraordinary honourees and in so doing, shines a light on the incredible potential that lives in all of us to be great stewards of each other, especially our future generations.

We salute also the remarkable members of the Gala team and the gracious volunteers for their hours and months of dedication and hard work. No easy task, but they always rise to the occasion.

Our deepest thanks once again for your unyielding generosity and care.

Our very best to you and your colleagues and family and look forward to seeing you next year - April 7, 2018.


WHEN: APRIL 7, 2018


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Mr. Robert Bermudez, a national of Trinidad and Tobago and an entrepreneur for over 40 years has been appointed by the UWI Council, the highest governing body of the University, to be the sixth Chancellor of the Institution.

Mr. Bermudez has led the growth of his family-owned business, to a regional enterprise throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.  He has enjoyed a distinguished career in business, serving as either Chairman or Board of Director for several other corporate bodies in Trinidad and the Caribbean.

His vision for the University outlines a keen sense of the mission, effectiveness, relevance and interdependence of academia and the economy.



On Saturday, November 4, 2017, Wes Hall, recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award at The University of the West Indies Toronto (UWI) Benefit Gala 2016, will receive an honorary degree from UWI at its Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica.

To say that the life story of Wes Hall is of epic proportions is an understatement.  Unlike any other Chief Executive Officer of Bay Street, Wes was born of extremely humble origins in Golden Grove, St. Thomas, Jamaica, where he was raised by his maternal grandmother, migrating to Canada at 16, which then took him on journey to the pinnacle of success.  Today, he is Chairman of Kingsdale Advisors which he founded in 2003 and has established himself as the preeminent leader in shareholder advisory services and proxy solicitation.

Canada’s leading newspaper The Globe and Mail has called him one of the nation’s “most influential powerbrokers” and Canadian Business magazine in 2016 named him one of the “most powerful business people”.

Mr. Hall is currently a Director of SickKids Foundation and has provided significant support to the people of the Caribbean.

RBC Senior Leadership: Robert de Silva, Wenrick Clarke, Roger Cogle and Meryl Stoute, presented the cheque to Professor Eudine Barriteau, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Cave Hill Campus, alongside UWI officials and students.

Inaugural RBC Race for the Kids

raises BBD$63,000 for youth education

The RBC Race For Kids, co-hosted by The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus and Royal Bank was a phenomenal and outstanding success.  With an impressive number of participants of over 1300 people, BB$63,000 was raised for academically outstanding students with dire financial need.  The RBC Race For Kids benefits kids and youth through a series of 15 charitable runs   held in major cities all over the world.

A cheque was presented by Robert Silva, Managing Director of RBC to Professor Eudine Barriteau, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the UWI Cave Hill Campus at the closing ceremony.  Roger Cogle, Regional Vice President of RBC Southern Caribbean who was also one of the conceptualizers of the event was present as well.

Jezeel Martin, UWI Toronto Benefit Gala scholarship recipient

Many of you who attend the 2017 UWI Toronto Benefit Gala heard Jezeel Martin speak of his journey to victory in becoming a lawyer, a dream fulfilled.

"I am so grateful to many who have helped me through this journey. This is for my mom, my siblings and for all the youth from the hardened streets from which I emerge.

I have worked at least two demanding jobs while studying law full time but that was never enough. After financial blockages and being barred from exams due to financial clearance issues, thanks to the UWI Toronto Gala, I was awarded the G. Raymond Chang Scholarship that allowed me to complete my law degree with honors.

Thanks to the UWI Toronto Gala, my dream did not remain a dream but has now been transformed into reality. Though I am not yet an attorney, I recently passed my Bar exams and will graduate from Norman Manley Law School on September 30, 2017. In the meantime, having accepted a permanent job earlier in the year to become an Associate Attorney with Jamaica’s largest law firm, Myers, Fletcher & Gordon, I will start working with the firm in August 2017 and will eventually be called to the Bar as an Attorney in December 2017

God is good."



In the Caribbean, chronic diseases are the cause of eight out of every ten deaths and most countries in the region spend more than 60 % of their health budgets on these non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Sir Trevor Hassel, President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) was pleased to sign a memorandum of understanding with The University of the West Indies Open Campus to work together to reduce the high levels of NCDs in the region.

The symbolic ceremony was held at the Open Campus headquarters at the Cave Hill Campus on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.

Pro Vice Chancellor of the Open Campus, Dr. Luz Longsworth stated that for decades UWI has been at the forefront of research and practice in areas of detection, treatment and prevention of NCDs.

The MOU between the UWI Open Campus and the HCC will allow both entities to work on developing and delivering joint regional online and face-to-face training programmes to enhance knowledge for the prevention and control of NCDs, and to provide a platform for capacity building of human resources within this area.

Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong

Retirement doesn't mean goodbye for doctor's doctor (click below).

Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong, UWI Toronto Gala 2010 Vice Chancellor Award Honouree retires after 44 years of service to the medical community.

UWI Toronto Gala’s Vice Chancellor’s Award honourees, Dionne Brand (left) and Mary Anne Chambers, recently received accolades for their accomplishments.

Award-winning Canadian novelist and former Toronto poet laureate Dionne Brand was appointed to the Order of Canada. Brand, a professor and research chair in the University of Guelph’s School of English and Theatre Studies was recognized for “her contributions to Canadian literature and poetry and for promoting awareness of gender studies and intercultural relations.” Brand received UWI’s Vice Chancellor’s Award in 2010.

Former Ontario cabinet minister Mary Anne Chambers, Vice Chancellor’s Award honouree in 2013, received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Guelph’s college of social & applied human sciences. Chambers recently completed a six-year term of the university’s board of governors.

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See you at the next Gala on April 7, 2018.