Longtime Brock University supporter and benefactor Ned Goodman has been named to the Order of Canada.
Goodman, who served as Chancellor of Brock for eight years, is among 113 Canadians to be recognized with one of the country’s highest civilian honours.
In the announcement Thursday, June 30, the Governor General of Canada said Goodman was named a member of the Order of Canada “for his contributions to Canada’s investment industry and for his philanthropic support for higher education, culture and health care.”
Goodman’s legacy at Brock consists of much more than bestowing hundreds of degrees on proud graduates during years of Convocation ceremonies. In 2012, Brock’s business faculty was renamed the Goodman School of Business in recognition of a transformational gift made to the University by the Goodman Foundation. The generous donation provided key capital for an ambitious $22-million expansion and reconstruction of the Goodman School facility, to take place over the next two years. Because of Goodman’s commitment, the Ontario government has also pledged $10-million to the project.
“We are thrilled to see Dr. Goodman’s philanthropy recognized by the Order of Canada,” said Barry Wright, Interim Dean of the Goodman School of Business. “Many across our great country have benefited from his wisdom and generosity. This recognition is well-deserved.”
Goodman, of Toronto, has had a successful career spanning more than 40 years, building several mining companies including International Corona and Kinross Gold. In addition to being an outstanding member of the philanthropic community, Montreal-born Goodman is considered one of the leading architects of Canada’s investment management industry.
Goodman contributes widely to community-building as chairman emeritus of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, a governor of Junior Achievement of Canada, a vice-chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts and the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He is a founding director of the Roasters Foundation, the Goodman Family Foundation and the Dynamic Fund Foundation. In 2015, Goodman received an honorary doctorate from Brock.
Businessman, philanthropist and Niagara Falls native John H. McCall MacBain, who received an honorary doctorate from Brock in 2011, was named an officer of the Order of Canada Thursday. MacBain was with Trader Classified Media and helped grow the Auto Trader and numerous classified businesses. He was named a distinguished business leader by the Goodman School of Business in 2008.
The Order of Canada was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 49 years, more than 6,500 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.