TORONTO — The R.P. Bratty Family Foundation is giving York University a $10 million gift for the creation of the university’s Markham Centre Campus (MCC).
The MCC, set to open in the fall of 2023, will be the first public university campus in York Region. The university is naming the new atrium in the MCC the Bratty Family Atrium to honour the contributions of the family.
The family’s donation reflects a commitment to education that has been passed down through generations of their family, since coming to Canada in the 1920s, indicates a release.
Rudy Bratty, chairman and CEO of The Remington Group, graduated from York’s Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 1957, beginning a long career as a lawyer and real estate developer in southern Ontario and throughout Canada.
“My parents’ biggest regret was that they never got to go to school,” said Bratty in a statement. “They regarded education as a privilege, so when I finished high school and decided to become a builder, like my father, he sent me to earn a bachelor’s degree. When I finished that, he made sure I continued on to get a professional degree.”
“For my dad, education was so important because it helps us to understand different perspectives,” added Chris Bratty, president, land development and investments, The Remington Group. “It’s the best tool we have for conflict resolution. York Region is underserved in terms of universities. That’s why we’re so proud to partner with York University to make this campus possible in Markham. This will be a significant building block for downtown core of Markham specifically and we hope it will attract businesses and cultural centres to the region.”