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-
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-
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.