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contributed not only to individual student success, but also to the social and
economic prosperity of the province.
Ian advanced a compelling vision to strengthen both UVic’s athletics and
recreation facilities and academic programs. He was motivated by a love of
sport, as well as the conviction that involvement in both athletics and academics
develops a well-rounded, disciplined individual. This strategy has
sustained the UVic Vikes sports teams’ record of excellence. In 2000, to honour
Ian’s contributions, UVic’s primary athletic and recreation centre at the
time was named the Ian Stewart Complex. Almost a decade later, Ian was
part of conversations that led to the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and
Special Abilities (“CARSA”) at UVic. Ian served as honorary chair for the
CARSA campaign cabinet, and in February 2016 UVic proudly unveiled the
Ian and Gillian Stewart Varsity Weight Room in honour of Ian and Gillian’s
commitment to athletics and sport.
Ian’s support for higher education went well beyond sport and athletics.
He was also involved in Ocean Networks Canada NEPTUNE and VENUS
undersea ocean observatories. Today, due in part to his efforts, Ocean Networks
Canada’s world-leading science infrastructure enables evidencebased
Finally, Ian’s commitment to philanthropy has been instrumental in furthering
student, scholar and researcher success. Where a need was identified,
he leveraged his connections with the business community to meet
that need. His generosity helped to create centres, such as the Ian H. Stewart
Graduate Fellowship at UVic’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society,
and scholarships like the Honda City Citizenship Award. Ian’s personal philanthropy
sustained student scholarships, research and student athletics,
and gave numerous students financial support to pursue and achieve their
educational and career goals.
Ian Stewart was a stalwart supporter of the Greater Victoria community
for over 40 years, actively involved in government, business and many
charitable and philanthropic organizations. Ian’s vision, leadership and generosity
have been integral to the growth of British Columbia: in our business,
healthcare, religious, research, athletic and education communities.
His contributions were honoured with the Commemorative Medal for the
125th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, the Order of St. John,
and the Queen’s Silver and Diamond Jubilee Medals. However, his legacies
are not only in endowments, scholarships, structures and other gifts but
also in the success of our citizens who benefited from them. As a personal
mentor to me and others, his exemplary leadership will continue to be an