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CME establishes Jim Flaherty bursary at UOIT

Published by Brad Fougere on January 29, 2015

The legacy of the Honourable Jim Flaherty will live on at the University of Ontario Instutite of Technology, a school he worked tirelessly to found, as Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters unveiled a bursary bearing his name at a ceremony Jan 23.

The bursary will support students who enroll in manufacturing programs at UOIT in honour of the devotion Flaherty had at lowering barriers for students with special needs. 

“Our aim was to fund an endowment to support an annual bursary to provide substantial support to as many of ‘Jim’s kids’ as possible. We’re proud to launch that today," said Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters President and CEO Jayson Myers. "We were all deeply saddened when Jim passed away."

Flaherty passed away in 2014 at age 64 after a long and storied career in both provincial politics and on the federal scene. He became Finance Minister in 2006 under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, stepping away from his post shortly before his death.

"Jim was a strong champion of manufacturing across Canada," Myers said of the impetus for launching the UOIT bursary. "None of the fiscal initiatives taken by the federal Government that have benefited manufacturers over the past eight years would have been implemented without the leadership, understanding and strong support of Jim Flaherty.”

 

 

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