Trico Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Centre

Naming Sponsor
2019 - Present

Trico’s founders Wayne & Eleanor Chiu, through the Trico Charitable Foundation, have announced a gift of $5 million to the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary to create the new Trico Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Centre.

The Trico Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Centre will support unique student experiences inside and outside the classroom including community-based learning, internships, curriculum, and research. Students will be empowered with new opportunities and all the support they need to enhance their academic experience. Hands-on learning and tailored student experiences will make Haskayne the school of choice for students interested in social entrepreneurship.

“I believe that, by engaging the University of Calgary, we are definitely able to create a much greater impact in Canada and possibly around the world. If we are able to use social entrepreneurship by encouraging more businesspeople to get engaged into doing good by doing well, I think that will be huge for Calgary,” says Wayne Chiu, CM, AOE, ICD.D, and chairman, Trico Charitable Foundation.

Additionally, the Haskayne School and the Trico Charitable Foundation announced a partnership to bring the Social EnterPrize award to Calgary in November 2019. This $100,000 biennial competition for leaders in Canadian social enterprise will take place on the University of Calgary campus. New this year, we are also starting the What’s Next YYC? to recognize Calgary-based social enterprises with four $25,000 prizes awarded on the same day as the Social EnterPrize. More details on these awards will be announced later this month.