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Laurier mourns the passing of alumnus Bill Ballard
Bill Ballard, a Laurier alumnus, businessman and philanthropist, passed away from cancer March 13. He was 67 years old.
During Laurier’s centennial anniversary celebrations in 2011, Ballard (BA ’69, Geography) was named one of the university’s 100 Alumni of Achievement. In his graduating year at Laurier, Ballard – as president of the Students’ Union and a letterman’s jacket holder – convinced the Board of Governors to build a university athletic facility on the corner of King and University streets. Construction of Laurier’s Athletic Complex began in 1973, and has since been home to many Laurier Golden Hawk varsity athletic teams.
Of his time at Laurier, Ballard often said that he learned as much on the football field or in the Students’ Union as he did in lecture halls. He remained an integral member of the Laurier community for more than 40 years, and was one of the most consistent and significant contributors to the Golden Hawks. He was the lead donor to the 2007 University Stadium and Knight-Newbrough Field renovations, and the Alumni Field construction. He also created and funded the Country Roads Athletic Bursary Fund.
Ballard was president of Orion Capital, a private company that specializes in financing in the resource sector. He has also served on numerous public boards of American, European and Canadian companies and served as a director of Northfield Capital Corporation. His other companies included BCL Entertainment, Next Adventure Inc., TNA International and Concert Productions International. He was co-founder of Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Toronto Entertainment District, and was a member of the Ontario Bar.