July 4th, 2011

UBC receives largest single gift
to Faculty of Law

Peter A. Allard has given UBC's Faculty of Law $11.86 million, making it the largest donation ever to a Canadian law school. Allard's generous gift is to support the Faculty of Law's new building and to establish an international prize that supports freedom, integrity and human rights, and create an online historical faculty archive. In honour of Mr. Allard's generosity, the university will name the new building Allard Hall.

"Peter Allard's generosity reflects a defining characteristic of UBC Faculty of Law graduates: a commitment to the pursuit of justice," says UBC President Stephen Toope. "Like others before him, Mr. Allard has sought to inspire and provoke, persuade and persevere, and to pursue justice at the local and international levels. UBC is grateful for his passion and leadership."

Allard received his Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees from UBC in 1968 and 1971. Allard now leads the investment company Peterco Holdings Ltd. and previously founded his own law firm Allard and Co. In 1993, he established the Highbury Foundation, which has supported medical research, equipment and scholarships for universities and colleges in Western Canada.

"Ever since my days at UBC, I have possessed a strong belief in the enduring and transformative power of a legal education, and I believe this profession provides for the long term greater good of society" says Allard.

Inspired by the strong support from the legal community for the law building campaign, Allard directed $9.825 million of his gift towards the completion of the new building. Private fundraising for the building will thus total nearly $35 million, making the campaign the most successful private fundraising effort in history for a Canadian law school building. The University has committed the remaining $21 million toward the building's $56 million cost. "With the funding for the building now in place," said Toope, "UBC Law, in its new home at Allard Hall, will be able to focus its talented faculty, staff and students on carrying out its strategic plan to be one of the world's great centres for legal education and research."