McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Suzanne Labarge

Suzanne Labarge
Suzanne Labarge, McMaster chancellor, businesswoman and McMaster graduate

McMaster chancellor, businesswoman and McMaster graduate Suzanne Labarge gave $10 million to McMaster for a program sponsoring interdisciplinary research and a website portal on healthy aging that provides accessible information for the public as well as health care professionals, researchers and policy makers. The program is called the Labarge Optimal Aging Initiative.   

"Aging is a huge issue for this society, and it needs to be addressed," said Suzanne Labarge. "I'm confident McMaster, with its multidisciplinary approach and focus on evidence-based medicine, is the best place to pull it all together and advance both the knowledge and the response to the needs of our aging population."

Suzanne Labarge received a BA in economics from McMaster in 1967 and a MBA from Harvard University in 1971. She worked for the Royal Bank for 14 years before spending a decade with the federal government in several senior positions, including deputy superintendent of financial institutions. She returned to executive positions in RBC, retiring as its vice-chairman and chief risk officer in 2004.

Her earlier gifts to McMaster included an endowment to establish the Raymond and Margaret Labarge Chair in Research and Knowledge Application for Optimal Aging, named in tribute to her parents who were involved in both quality education and aging issues.

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