Mr. Ignat (Iggy) Kaneff awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degree at York University’s Fall 2010 Convocation ceremony

When Ignat Kaneff came to Canada from his native Bulgaria almost 60 years ago, he landed without local language skills or higher education. Kaneff’s journey from those first steps on Canadian soil to being one of the nation’s leading real estate developers and philanthropists was hard fought. It was formative, he told graduating students of York’s Osgoode Hall Law School, and played a pivotal role in shaping both his business ethic and his dedication to promoting equal opportunity through higher education.

“When I arrived, I had no money or friends,” Kaneff said. “And by no money, I mean to say that I had five dollars when I first arrived in Toronto, and by the time I took a taxi east of Yonge on Queen Street, my five dollars was gone. I slept in a garage for four months.” Read More