Donors Leslie and Irene Dubé receive top honour at international awards for philanthropy


Leslie and Irene Dubé, honoured alumni and donors to the University of Saskatchewan, received the 2013 Award for Outstanding Philanthropist – an international award that recognizes exceptional generosity and philanthropic leadership in their community.

The award was presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) at the 50th International Conference on Fundraising in San Diego, CA on April 6, 2013.
The Dubés donation of $10 million to the U of S’s Health Sciences Project, and their continued leadership to promote interdisciplinary learning and research across all health sciences disciplines, were two of the significant contributions that were mentioned in the nomination submitted by the University of Saskatchewan.


The nomination also referenced 11 other organizations in Saskatchewan that the Dubés have changed significantly through their generosity including St. Thomas More College at the University of Saskatchewan and Royal University Hospital.

The Dubés are the first Canadian couple to receive the award, and only the second Canadians to receive the Award for Outstanding Philanthropist since the awards’ inception in 1980.

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(Photo (L to R): Andrew Watt, President and CEO of Association of Fundraising Professionals, Leslie and Irene Dubé, and Bob Carter, Chair, AFP Board of Directors)