Oct 4, 2018
Osler is very grateful to learn that more than $2.5 million has been donated in support of a research chair and student financial awards that were established at the University of Toronto in memory of the late Geoff Taber. Geoff was a partner at Osler and a founder of the firm’s Emerging and High Growth Companies Group. Geoff, his wife, Jacquie, and their two sons died tragically in a fire in December 2016. The Geoff Taber Memorial Award at the Faculty of Law, the Geoff Taber Memorial Scholarship at the Rotman School of Management and the Geoff Taber Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Rotman were established to honour Geoff’s many contributions to the business and legal communities and his passion for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.
“Geoff Taber’s passing continues to be felt at Osler. We miss him, and Jacquie and the boys very much,” says Dale Ponder, the firm’s Co-Chair. “We are grateful for the outpouring of support – from his colleagues, friends and family – and the generosity that has allowed for student financial aid and a research chair in his name at the Faculty of Law and the Rotman School of Management. These are truly great tributes to his contributions to the legal and technology communities.”
“Geoff pursued his personal and career passions at full tilt,” says Chad Bayne, Co-Chair of Osler’s Emerging and High Growth Companies Practice Group. “The nexus of law, technology and entrepreneurship thrilled him and we cannot think of a better way to honour his intellectual pursuit, mentorship bonds and community volunteerism than with these gifts at the University of Toronto, his alma mater and an institution with a global reputation as a centre of innovation and inquiry. Our sincere gratitude to everyone who donated in his name.”
Learn more about the awards and research chair established in Geoff’s memory by reading the press release issued by the Rotman School of Management.