McGill receives $15-million gift commitment from agri-food entrepreneur Marc Bieler


Landmark philanthropic investment will build resources for McGill’s School of Environment to tackle critical environmental and social issues

MONTREAL, Oct. 14, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ – As a man whose career as a successful agri-food entrepreneur has spanned sectors as diverse as cattle breeding, apple growing, maple syrup production and French vineyards, and who almost single-handedly built Quebec’s cranberry industry into one of the largest and most highly regarded in the world, Marc Bieler, DipAgr’58, BA’64, has always had a profound attachment to the land and a deep respect for the natural environment.

Now, he aims to help advance environmental research and scholarship for the entire planet through a landmark $15-million gift to McGill University to build interdisciplinary teaching, research and experiential learning capacity at the McGill School of Environment.

The gift is comprised of an

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JPMorgan lent $5 billion to women entrepreneurs over the last year, halfway to its $10 billion commitment

In 2019, JPMorgan Chase announced a three-year, $10 billion lending commitment to women small business owners in order to help them grow and scale their companies. To date, the banking firm says it is pleased to announce that it has already reached the halfway mark of that goal, having committed $5 billion to female entrepreneurs thus far. 

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JPMorgan announced its progress on hitting the goal at its fifth annual Women on the Move event on Sept. 29, which will be made available for the public to watch on Oct. 1. 

“We understand that getting funding is such an important piece to helping female entrepreneurs start and scale their business,” Samantha Saperstein, managing director of Women on the Move at JPMorgan tells CNBC Make It. Saperstein adds that in addition to lending capital, the bank is helping women entrepreneurs “find new revenue streams, manage their vendors and

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Commitment in the time of COVID: Couple wed in a parking lot

Carrie Grace McQuaid and John Michael Simpson exchanged vows on Sunday afternoon missing some of the trappings of a traditional wedding.

The bride didn’t get a dance with her dad, nor the groom with his mother. There was no dinner banquet for 250 guests. Some loved ones had to watch via Zoom.

The whole affair took place in a parking lot.

And yet, it was the perfect start for a couple’s matrimonial adventure: proof that, even in a pandemic, love finds a way.

“Super cute. Very Carrie,” guest Judy Strickland said at the end of the ceremony, which she and most of the others in attendance watched through their windshields. “If anybody could do this, Carrie is the one who could make it happen.”

Marrying in a parking lot was not Carrie’s original plan. But it hasn’t been a good year for plans.

Carrie and John Michael Simpson, take
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