Toronto Gala

The UWI Toronto Gala, a signature event that honours Canadian/Caribbean individuals and organisations as well as global citizens whose body of work has impacted the Caribbean, is also the largest fundraiser in Canada for The UWI. At the 10th annual UWI Toronto Benefit Gala, on April 6, 2019 at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, the University paid tribute to distinguished leaders:

  • Reggae artist and multiple Grammy winner, Damian Marley and Deborah Cox, Canadian Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum R&B/Pop recording artist and actress received the Luminary Award.
  • The G. Raymond Chang Award was presented to Lebanese-Canadian businessman and philanthropist Dr. Mohamad Fakih.
  • Sandals Resorts, a Jamaican operator of all-inclusive resorts for couples in the Caribbean was presented with the Chancellor's Award.
  • The Vice-Chancellor's Awards:Dr. Joy Spence, a UWI alumnus and Master Blender at Appleton Estate Rum. She is the first woman to hold the position in the spirts industry; Dr. Juliet Daniel, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She is also actively involved in the Afro- Caribbean community in Hamilton and Toronto; and The Honourable Justice Gregory Regis, former regional senior judge from the Ontario Court of Justice and a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University.