The Institute is fully endowment-funded. The founder is a visionary Vancouver property developer responsible for the iconic Wall Centre, Peter Wall. Motivating Dr. Wall’s donation of 6.5 million shares of Wall Financial Corporation stock was the desire to give something back to the country that admitted him as a refugee and facilitated his success. The donation, worth $15 million, was at the time the largest single private donation in the University’s 75-year history. The shares, which have subsequently tripled in value, generate dividend income for the Institute’s annual operations. The Institute also received a separate endowment from the University.
Since its founding 18 years ago, the mission of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies has been to create collaborative, interdisciplinary programs for outstanding scholars at all stages of their career.