A Visit from Friends


Members of The Friends of Sir John A. Macdonald in Toronto group (L to R) in front of Sir John A. Macdonald's portrait:
Dr. Patrice Dutil, Ryerson University; Ms. Niru Kumar; Mr. Steve Paikin, TVO; Mr. Alan Broadbent, Avana Corp.; Ms. Vali Bennett, Avana Corp. (Missing: Ms. Shelley Ambrose, The Walrus; Ms. Jane Hilderman, Samara Canada; Mr. Richard Gwyn; Mr. Roberto Martella.)

The Rev. Dr. D. Gordon, Principal of Knox College (far right)


On April 18, Dean Locke Rowe was pleased to welcome to the School of Graduate Studies at 63 St. George Street the Rev. Dr. D. Gordon, Principal of Knox College, and members of The Friends of Sir John A. Macdonald in Toronto.

The occasion was a celebration and a thank you: Room 111 in 63 St. George Street, now officially designated as "The Macdonald Room," was renovated last year using funds raised by a gala dinner organized by The Friends of Sir John A. Macdonald. The gala celebrated the 200th birthday of Canada's first Prime Minister, who lived at 63 St. George Street from 1876 to 1878. Knox College has owned the building since 1910.

Renovations on the Macdonald Room were a key part of the larger building renovations that took place in 2016 in an effort to restore key historical features of Macdonald's residence and to make the space more welcoming to graduate students. The room's primary purpose is to host final oral examinations for doctoral students. It can also be booked for meetings by graduate student groups and members of the graduate community.

To learn more about the building renovations 63 St. George Street, read the U of T Magazine story.