Margaret and Wallace McCain
McCain’s gift for excellence in higher education
November 8, 2011
Margaret and the late Wallace McCain wanted to make a difference in the lives of Dalhousie University students. Their $8-million donation for a badly needed student commons will do just that.
The new Wallace McCain Learning Commons in Dalhousie’s Life Science Centre will be an inviting, modern space that encourages innovation, idea exchange and healthy debate – all things that Mr. McCain valued throughout his spirited career.
"This gift will be transformative for the learning experience of many students. It will be a showcase of inviting, bright, environmentally sensitive architecture, fashioned specifically for our students," says Chris Moore, Dean of Dalhousie’s Faculty of Science.
The Wallace McCain Learning Commons will offer large open workstation areas, study rooms, and offices for departmental advisors, student societies, and science co-op programs - something that Dalhousie’s Life Sciences Centre has been without since its construction in 1971. New technologies and environmentally friendly design features such as a “living wall,” “aquaria,” a “rock wall” and a “green roof” will be integrated into the new building.
“Wallace and I always believed in supporting excellence in higher education…this country’s future depends on building the best talent possible,” says Margaret McCain. “We support Dalhousie’s vision of graduating students with a new world outlook and hope that our gift contributes to this goal.”
McCain Gift Announcement