The Odette School of Business is in mourning following the loss of distinguished benefactor Edmond G. Odette who passed away on Saturday, November 17.
Dean Conway proclaimed that “Edmond was the ultimate dreamer and doer whose entrepreneurial success and philanthropic generosity sprang from his great capacity to dream and to build.”
Ed and his brother, Louis, shared many dreams when it came to the Louis and Edmond School of Business, named after them in 2000. Those dreams have resulted in an enormous legacy that continues to thrive and grow, including more than two thousand Odette School of Business students and with an alumni base of 15,000 that is set to grow by 600-700 each year. Dr. Alan Richardson has recently started his career at Odette as Odette Research Chair, funded by Edmond and Louis. More than 20 current MBA students hold Odette scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $6,000 per year and our joint (with the Faculty of Law) Centre for Enterprise and Law occupies the Odette House at 360 Sunset Avenue; another gift of the Odette family.
Ed was a builder, having founded Eastern Construction with his brother Louis in Windsor in 1951. Under their leadership, Ed and Louis’ company developed landmark projects like Roy Thomson Hall, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the CBC Broadcasting Centre, Caesars Windsor and the Art Gallery of Windsor. Over his lifetime, Ed has received numerous honours, including the Order of Canada and an honourary Doctor of Laws at the University of Windsor.
In a message to students following Ed’s passing, Dean Conway urged students to continue to emulate Ed and his brother, Louis, as they do their part in creating a better tomorrow for Canada.
Dr. Odette’s funeral will be held in Toronto on Thursday, November 22 at St. Bonaventure Church. The Odette School of Business will host our own memorial service in celebration of Ed’s remarkable life on Tuesday, November 27 starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Michael Zin BComm meeting room.
Read Edmond Odette’s obituary as presented in the Windsor Star here.