Randall Moffat

Honorary Doctorate

Randall Moffat, a founding director of The University of Winnipeg Foundation, is known as the ‘quiet philanthropist.” The former Chairman of Moffat Communications Ltd. is credited with expanding the company’s holdings to include additional radio and television stations across Canada and the United States thanks to his steady leadership and vision. In 1995 Moffat championed the advancement of women in the broadcasting industry by creating specialty channel the Women’s Television Network.

By 2001 Moffat had sold all the parts of Moffat Communications ending a 38-year successful career in broadcasting. In December 2001, he made an unprecedented gift of $100 million to The Winnipeg Foundation to establish the Moffat Family Fund. Moffat’s personal philosophy, the vision statement of the Moffat Family Fund. is “a Canadian society where all individuals have equal opportunity to develop their potential.”

Philanthropy has always been in Moffat’s blood. In 1972, he served as the Chair of the United Was of Winnipeg’s annual campaign. At age 29, he was the youngest individual to serve in this role. In 1999, to mark Moffat Communication’s 50th anniversary in Manitoba, it established a $500,000 endowment to support Youth Connections, a granting program that supports youth-initiated, youth driven community action projects with a local benefit.

Moffat has served the community by building a strong social and business community as he shared his insight and wisdom as a director to a number of corporations. Known for his modest and unassuming style, Moffat’s accomplishments have been recognized by his peers. In 1996 Canadian Women in Communications awarded Moffat and Moffat Communications “Employer of the Year” for facilitating the advancement of women within their organizations. In 2004, he was named to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’’ Hall of Fame for outstanding achievements and contributions to private broadcasting and to Canada. In 2005, Moffat was honoured by his country for a lifetime of distinguished service to Canadian Broadcasting, and his commitment to social and business development and was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada.