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Tribute to G. Raymond Chang, OJ, OC

The University of the West Indies (UWI) was saddened by the passing of G. Raymond Chang an honorary graduate and outstanding business leader and philanthropist.

He was a major supporter and contributor to the UWI over the years. For the past five years, he served as Patron of the UWI Toronto Benefit Gala, which raised significant funds for university scholarships and awards to academically outstanding Caribbean students. He and his wife Donette worked tirelessly with the gala committee to make the event one of the key highlights on Toronto's social calendar. The Gala honours leaders of Canadian and Caribbean culture.

Following his passing, the UWI flags were flown at half-mast on Monday, July 28 and will again on the day of his funeral, August 9. Tributes poured in from all over the world, and were reported in the media, honouring him for his contributions to making the world a better place, in his own humble way, not seeking recognition for his gifts of donations and time to numerous causes throughout his life.


As an advocate of lifelong learning, he served as Chancellor of Ryerson University in Canada from 2006 to 2012. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education was named in his honour. Mr. Chang provided significant support to the Family Medicine Postgraduate Programme offered through the Department of Community Health & Psychiatry at The University of the West Indies. Collaboration between the Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, at Ryerson University and the UWI, Mona campus facilitated the online delivery of the BSc (post RN) degree that aims to upgrade the skills of nurses who already hold or are potential holders of leadership positions in health services of the region.

Mr. Chang was also one of the leading forces behind the creation of the CB Group UWI 5K Run/Walk that in two years has, to date, raised some Three Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars to fund scholarships for students who demonstrate outstanding ability in sports and academics.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Chang came to Canada in 1967 to study, completed a bachelor of applied science degree from the University of Toronto and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He later co-founded CI Financial, one of the largest publicly traded mutual fund companies in the country.

Raymond Chang was an inspiration to everyone who had the honour and privilege to meet him and work with him. He always had a smile on his face, a friendly demeanour and was always ready to roll up his sleeves to take action in the projects and charities that meant the most to him. In academia it was all about the students. Not only assisting them but spending time with them. At The University of the West Indies, it was contributing to his native homeland.

The University of the West Indies faculty and friends extend prayers to his wife Donette and children Brigette and Andrew. He will be deeply missed.     

Ray Chang: Order of Canada