The largest gift ever to a Canadian law school will be used to create endowments to fund faculty recruitment and retention; student initiatives such as entrance awards, summer employment, and enhanced admissions practices; and experiential learning programs and clinical opportunities for students. A portion of the gift also will be added to the endowment of the Allard Prize for International Integrity, which was created in 2011 to promote human rights and anti-corruption efforts around the world. In recognition of the gift, which includes $10 million to match new gifts from other donors, the law school will be renamed the Peter A. Allard School of Law.
In 1993, after practicing law for twenty years, Allard founded the Highbury Foundation, which funds medical research, equipment, and scholarships at universities and colleges in western Canada. He also has held leadership roles in human rights, environmental advocacy, and other philanthropic organizations. To date, Allard has committed nearly C$42 million ($33.8 million) to UBC, including a 2011 gift of C$11.86 million ($9.6 million) in support of the law school's new building, the creation of the Allard Prize, and the History Project.
"As a proud UBC alumnus, I am pleased to make an investment today that will enable students to pursue a profession that strives to create a more just society," said Allard. "My intention is to create a permanent and growing revenue stream that will help to recruit and retain outstanding faculty members, provide support to ensure that the most promising students are able to participate, and ensure that exceptional learning programs are offered. My gift supports pillars of excellence in human rights and international integrity and ethics, and my hope is that the law school will become a beacon for justice and the promotion of human rights and the rule of law around the world."