Beaverbrook Celebration

Celebrating the Spirit of Generosity

As part of its 225th anniversary celebrations, the University of New Brunswick celebrated the legacy of its first modern day Chancellor, Lord Beaverbrook, with a two-day program of events.

The self-described ‘barefoot boy from Miramichi’, who went on to rub shoulders with some the greatest figures the 20th century, chose to use his wealth and influence to the benefit of UNB and the province of New Brunswick.  He was the university’s greatest benefactor of the 20th century.  Learn more about this intriguing man.

Browse the links below for more details on specific events and visit the Beaverbrook celebration photo gallery

Program of events

Thursday, Nov. 4

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Videotaping Beaverbrook stories.  Eleven Beaverbrook Scholars and others who knew the inimitable 'Beaver' visited the Alumni Memorial Building to have their favourite reminiscences and anecdotes captured on videotape.  View the videos.

1 p.m.
Film.  More than 200 people attended the afternoon showing of the National Film Board production Beaverbrook:  The Various Lives of Max Aitken (2000) at The Playhouse in Fredericton.

2 p.m.
A bus tour of properties donated to UNB in Fredericton and the City of Fredericton by Lord Beaverbrook was conducted by renowned heritage architect and historian John Leroux.  A full bus load of participants learned about the Playhouse, the Lady Beaverbrook Rink, the Lady Beaverbrook Residence, the Provincial Archives (formerly the UNB Library), the Lady Beaverbrook Gym, Maggie Jean Chestnut/Renaissance College, Somerville House and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.

A reception for Beaverbrook Scholars and Scholars' Award holders hosted by UNB's President at Somerville house attracted 100 guests.

7:30 p.m.
A Conversation:  Lord Beaverbrook's Legacy.
  UNB historian Marg Conrad moderated a lively discussion among author David Adams Richards, historians Michael Bliss, Naomi Griffiths, and journalist Jacques Poitras at the Fredericton Playhouse. This conversation was the first in the 2010-11 Changing New Brunswick series.

Friday, Nov. 5

11:30 for 12 noon
Celebrating the Spirit of Generosity:  Lord Beaverbrook Luncheon. Guest speaker Richard J. Currie, UNB Chancellor and benefactor, and Beaverbrook Scholar addressed a sell-out crowd of 250 at Crowne Plaza Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, in Fredericton.  Introduced by UNB's past Chancellor and alumnus Fredrik Eaton, Dr. Currie spoke about philanthropy and the impact it had on his life.