St Paul's High School Announces 2012 Ignatian Challenge Award Recipients
Mr and Mrs Paul and Carol Hill to be honoured at
19th Annual Ignatian Challenge Award Tribute Dinner
Release Date 8 May 2012
St Paul's High School News Release
St Paul's High School President, Fr Alan Fogarty SJ, is delighted to announce Mr and Mrs Paul and Carol Hill as the 2012 Ignatian Challenge Award honourees. Founded in 1926, St Paul's High School is a Catholic, independent university preparatory school for young men owned and operated by the Society of Jesus-the Jesuits in English Canada. Mr and Mrs Hill are the 22nd and 23rd recipients of this prestigious award that recognizes individuals who, through their commitment to service, reflect the ideals of a Jesuit education as living examples of Men and Women for Others.
Mr Paul Hill is the Chairman, President and CEO of The Hill Companies and Harvard Developments Inc. He is the third generation of the Hill family to lead The Hill Companies, which have played an important role in Canadian business for over 100 years. Under his leadership and strategic direction, The Hill Companies have grown and diversified across the areas of real estate, insurance, broadcasting, oil and gas, manufacturing and technology. Mrs Carol Hill is the Director of Communications for Harvard Developments Inc.
Mr Hill attended Campion College High School and Mrs Hill, née Erb, Sacred Heart College in Regina. They married in 1963 and both attended Georgetown University, the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States. Mr Hill also holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. The Hills' five children, Rosanne, Shannon, Matthew, January and Kathryn, have all attended Jesuit schools. Mr and Mrs Hill's lifelong commitment to Jesuit education can be seen in the profound ways in which they have given back to their community in Regina, fostered national partnerships, and internationally, in their work with the Vatican.
Mr and Mrs Hill have established the Catholic Studies program at Campion College at the University of Regina and founded "One Life Makes a Difference," a charitable foundation that assists with the education of disadvantaged youths. In 2007, the University of Regina Business School was renamed the Paul J Hill School of Business. Mr and Mrs Hill founded a number of scholarships, awards and visiting professorships at the Hill School to promote a new partnership they established with the Richard Ivey School of Business, one of the top programs in the country. They also initiated, and provide a number of scholarships for, a business ethics program that is jointly offered between the Hill School and Campion College.
In 2011, Mr and Mrs Hill opened the Mother Theresa Middle School of Regina, founding Canada's first Jesuit fostered NativityMiguel Academy. The NativityMiguel Network of schools provide economically disadvantaged Grade 6, 7 and 8 students with intensive educational and mentorship support to help them graduate to high school and enroll in post-secondary education. They were inspired to found the Mother Theresa Middle School of Regina following a meeting with Mother Theresa herself, who counselled them and other business leaders to "identify a need in your community and then give yourself and your resources to fill this need".
Mr Hill has been awarded with an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Regina and entrusted as a Knight of St Sylvester by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in acknowledgement of his charitable work, which includes founding, with Mrs Hill, the Canadian Chapter of The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, a group dedicated to the preservation of the Vatican Museum's art collection. Mrs Hill became the first Chairperson and currently serves as the Chapter's Honourary Chairperson. Mr and Mrs Hill are Stewards of St Peter, Stewards from across the nation dedicate significant resources to proclaim their love of God, fidelity to the Successor of Peter and service to others through involvement in the Papal Foundation. Mr Hill has also been the recipient of the Canada 125 Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, among many accolades. In June 2012, he will receive an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Mr and Mrs Hill lived in Winnipeg on Montrose Street in River Heights from 1972 until 1976 and during that time welcomed their third and fourth children. Mr Hill managed the Winnipeg office of Burns Brothers and Denton, now Nesbitt Burns. While in Winnipeg, Mr and Mrs Hill were members of the Manitoba Club, the Winnipeg Winter Club, the Squash Club and the St Charles Golf & Country Club, where they still maintain a membership. Mr Hill was on the board of the Manitoba Theatre Centre, worked on the United Way campaign, and he continues to be an Associate of the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. He belonged to the Manitoba Young Presidents Organization and is currently a member of the Manitoba World Presidents Organization.
While in Winnipeg, Mrs Hill was on the advisory board of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and was editor of the Junior League Magazine, "PEG LEG". She has also served on the board of Globe Theatre (Regina), the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame (Wilcox, SK) and Ridley College (St. Catharine's, ON). She is currently active on a number of national and provincial boards including: The Max Bell Foundation, Canadian Council of Business for the Arts and the Pugwash International Peace Conferences. Mr and Mrs Hill, their five children and ten grandchildren, continue to enjoy, since 1973, their summer camp on Kipling Island at the Lake of the Woods.
The Ignatian Challenge Award will be presented to Mr and Mrs Paul and Carol Hill at the St Paul's High School Tribute Dinner taking place on 6 November 2012 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. The evening is a fundraiser for the St Paul's High School Bursary Program, which assists with the tuition costs of current students. The Hills join past recipients of this award Dr Arthur Mauro, Mr Paul Albrechtsen, Mr Michael Phelps '63, Mr and Mrs Kevin and Els Kavanagh, Mr Gregg Hanson '69, Fr Joseph Driscoll SJ, Dr Angus Reid '65, Mr and Mrs Richard and Kathryn Bracken, Mr Joe Stangl, Dr William Norrie, Mr Robert Puchniak '65, Mr and Mrs Gary and Janice Filmon, Mr Robert Chipman '44, Mr James Tennant '66, Mr Hubert Kleysen, Dr Emőke Szathmáry, Dr Peter MacDonald '76 and His Excellency Gary Doer '66.