17 August 2016

A $200,000 gift to The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation establishes The Bin Zhang-Nui Gensheng Fund

Bin Zhang (left) and Nui Gensheng (right) with Alexandre Trudeau, board of directors, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (centre). Photo: David Simard

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation received a major donation this summer from Bin Zhang and Nui Gensheng, two Chinese businessmen. The $200,000 donation was part of a $1,000,000 joint gift to the Foundation and the Université de Montréal.

The Bin Zhang-Nui Gensheng Fund at the Foundation will support conferences and other events on emerging issues of importance to our collective future. It is expected that many of these events will explore the evolving role of China in the world and Canada-China relations.

“On behalf of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, I want to express our appreciation for the generosity shown by Bin Zhang and Nui Gensheng,” said Morris Rosenberg, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. “The Foundation applauds their desire to support scholarship and dialogue, to support Canada-China relations, and to commemorate the role played by the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau in recognizing and re-establishing diplomatic relations with the Peoples Republic of China, in 1970.”

Zhang and Gensheng decided to make this donation after meeting a Chinese student who had a transformative experience studying at the Université de Montréal. The balance of their donation will underwrite the cost of a statue of Pierre Elliott Trudeau at the University's Faculty of Law, where Mr. Trudeau studied and taught law. It will also support a series of scholarships at the Faculty.

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Morris Rosenberg

Président et chef de la direction

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