Hari Varshney, FCA, Gives
$1 Million to British Columbia School
Vancouver, Feb. 20, 2007
Hari B. Varshney, FCA, Gives $1 Million to Sauder School of Business
The University of British Columbia today announced that B.C. business
leader and longstanding UBC supporter Hari B. Varshney has made
a $1 million gift to establish an enhanced Business Career Centre
at the Sauder School of Business.
The establishment of the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre,
part of a $65 million redevelopment and expansion plan for the Sauder
School of Business facility at UBC, will expand existing career
resources and be a vital base for connecting students with the business
community and alumni.
“Thanks to Mr. Varshney’s generous gift, we shall be
able to create a new space where students can establish key linkages
for future success,” says Brad Bennett, Chair, UBC Board of
Governors. “The Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre will
serve as an important venue for today’s learners to interact
with tomorrow’s leaders.”
The Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre will connect students
directly with employers as a venue for company recruiting, career
planning workshops, job interviews, and info sessions. It will serve
as the base for the school’s co-op, mentorship and career
“This gift is about helping students pursue and embrace new
business career opportunities,” says Varshney. “Establishing
a leading-edge business career centre at the Sauder School of Business
will facilitate important career and industry interactions, while
strengthening the ties between students and the business community.”
The establishment of the enhanced career centre is part of the
redevelopment and expansion plan for the Sauder School of Business
facility at UBC. The upgrade includes a new facility dedicated to
graduate programs and the addition of 55,000 square feet to the
existing 267,000 square-foot building.
Varshney’s generous gift will also be dedicated to establishing
the Hari Varshney MBA Entrance Scholarship and the Madhu Varshney
MBA Entrance Scholarship to provide graduate students with increased
access to management education.
Varshney, a chartered accountant and principal at Varshney Capital
Corp., has been in the venture capital business since 1985. During
this period, he has served as a director and officer of many public
companies in North America. He is currently the chair of St. Paul's
Hospital Foundation, and a director of the Canada India Village
Aid Association (CIVA), College of Denturists of B.C. and the Indo-Canadian
Chamber of Commerce. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute of
Chartered Accountants in 2005. Varshney is a recipient of the 2006
British Columbia Community Achievement Award.
Hari and wife, Madhu Varshney, and their children Praveen, Peeyush
and Vandana, have been active supporters of UBC for many years.
All three children are alumni of the Sauder School of Business at
UBC, and as a family they have donated more than $300,000 to the
Centre for India and South Asia Research, the Hari and Madhu Varshney
Lecture Series, and other scholarship funds at the university.
The Sauder School of Business at UBC is Canada’s leading
academic business school, recognized globally for its contributions
to the transformation of business practices, innovative research
and teaching. (Surce-UBC)