Frederick Ka Chong Kan, LLB 1967Frederick Ka Chong Kan, LLB 1967, believes all alumni have a duty to support the new building at their alma mater. “As alumni, we have a vested interest to see our law school and students excel and grow from strength to strength. The success and reputation of our law school reflect on us.”  

Based in Hong Kong, the polyglot founder and senior partner of the firm Fred Kan & Co. knows all too well the importance of communication—and not just via cyberspace.

“Nowadays most communication is through the Internet and social media. However, nothing can replace face-to-face interaction. I have found my best ideas came from close encounters in intense debates and discussions,” says Kan. “New classrooms, collaborative spaces, advanced technology and more are vital in the acquisition and development of knowledge.”

These necessary infrastructure updates were made all too clear when he last visited the law school. “I saw how jammed and crowded the school was.  That’s when I decided to make my donation. I entered the law school in 1964. It was Canada's top law school—and still is. We had small classes with great teachers.  The school looked new to me. Most probably, it was recently refurbished or built.  And there was a pervasive sense of pride.”

Now it’s another generation’s turn to pay it forward, says Kan, so the law graduates of the future can continue to feel the U of T law school pride.

Photo: Eric Lee