About the Donor

Gift agreement signing, Hong Kong, March 5, 2018. Left to right: Professor Santa J. Ono, the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia; Dr. Edwin S.H. Leong, Chairman and Founder, Tai Hung Fai Enterprises; Frank Lee, Senior Partner, Vincent T.K. Cheung, Yap and Co; Dr. Dermot Kelleher, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, and Vice-President, Health, University of British Columbia.

A substantial philanthropic investment from Edwin Leong is galvanizing a community of researchers across UBC and positioning the university as a Canadian leader in addressing healthy aging – a personal and a public health issue of critical importance to individuals and communities around the world.

About Edwin Leong

Edwin S.H. Leong earned his bachelor of science degree from UBC in 1973 before founding his property development company, Tai Hung Fai Group, in Hong Kong in 1977. His company has built hotels, shopping centres and commercial buildings throughout Hong Kong. The group has been engaging in different charitable initiatives since 2005 and The Tai Hung Fai Charitable Foundation was then established in 2013 for increasing charity commitments. The foundation has a history of philanthropy focused on helping disadvantaged elderly and underprivileged children, providing scholarships, supporting medical and other research, and health care.

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When the Edwin S.H. Leong Healthy Aging Program was announced, Dr. Leong sat down with Santa J. Ono, the 15th President and Vice-Chancellor, to discuss this transformational gift to UBC.