Dr. William L. Sauder

Dr. William L. Sauder

The UBC Sauder School of Business is named for the late Dr. William L. Sauder in recognition of his generous endowment to the school made in 2003. His gift of $20 million, to UBC’s Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration, was the largest single private donation ever made to a Canadian business school at the time.

Revenue from his gift, combined with a resulting provincial funding increase, has supported the creation of additional student spaces, new courses and management programs for Canadian and international students, and the expansion of the school’s faculty and research capabilities.

Dr. William L. Sauder was an alumnus (B.Com.’48) and long time supporter of UBC. He served as both a member and Chairman of the Board of Governors. He received a honourary Doctor of Laws degree from UBC in 1990 and from 1996 to 2002 served as Chancellor of the University.

Dr. Sauder was Chairman of Interfor and Sauder Industries Ltd. A provincial business leader, he helped build the province’s forest industry, particularly secondary manufacturing, into the economic pillar it is at present. He served on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Dominion Bank, the British Columbia Development Corporation and on the executive committee of the Board of Directors of BC Hydro.

Dr. Sauder and his wife Marjorie-Anne were committed patrons of UBC whose philanthropic initiatives have included endowing numerous faculty chairs in the medical sciences at the University.