I rise to acknowledge the late G. Raymond Chang O.C. who posthumously received the Order of Canada last Friday from the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. The order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement and dedication to the community.The insignia was presented to Mr. Chang’s wife and son.
As a Canadian Senator of Jamaican descent, I continue to be inspired by the contributions of Mr. Chang. He moved from the beautiful island of Jamaica to Canada in 1967 to pursue a post-secondary education. After earning an engineering degree, he gained his qualifications as a chartered accountant and financial analyst. Mr. Chang found his calling in the world of finance, and he went on to establish CI Financials—a multi-billion dollar mutual fund company.
Honourable Senator, Mr. Chang was not just a successful business man. He was also a champion for education and lifelong learning. In 2006, he was appointed chancellor of Ryerson University, where he served students faithfully. Upon his passing, Ryerson’s president Sheldon Levy stated, “Whenever students needed help, Ray was there for them. He put students at the centre of everything that he did with Ryerson. He was excited to be around students and was on campus often, whether sitting in on classes or sharing in the celebration of their achievements.”
Mr. Chang had an easy-going spirit with a calming demeanor, and he was a progressive man. A philanthropist who committed his time and resources to support education, he donated five million dollars to Ryerson to establish the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. In addition, Mr. Chang made contributions to the University of the West Indies and he established a fellowship for Caribbean doctors at the University Health Network—a medical research organization in Toronto.
Honourable Senators, please join me in congratulating the late G. Raymond Chang, O.C. recipient of the Order of Canada. We wish his family strength and guidance to continue his work, and we thank them for embodying the Order of Canada’s motto—they desire a better country.