Edward Samuel Rogers

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Ted Rogers
Ted Rogers statue The Best Is Yet To Come Rogers Centre.JPG
Statue of Ted Rogers in front of the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Born Edward Samuel Rogers, Jr.
(1933-05-27)May 27, 1933
Toronto, Ontario,
Canada
Died December 2, 2008(2008-12-02) (aged 75)
Toronto, Ontario,
Canada
Resting place
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto
Nationality Canadian
Education BA (Toronto, 1956)
LL.B (Osgoode Hall, 1961)
Title President and CEO of Rogers Communications
Term 1967-2008 (as head of Rogers Communications)
Predecessor Ted Rogers, Sr.
Successor Nadir Mohamed
Spouse(s) Loretta Anne Robinson (1963)
Children Lisa Anne Rogers
Edward Rogers III
Melinda Mary Rogers
Martha Loretta Rogers
Parents Ted Rogers, Sr.
Velma Melissa Taylor
Waiting for Ted outside St. James Cathedral (Funeral on 9 December 2008)

Edward Samuel "Ted" Rogers, Jr., OC (May 27, 1933 – December 2, 2008) was the President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc., and the fifth richest person in Canada in terms of net worth. His father Edward S. Rogers, Sr. is regarded as the founder of the company, although the radio station that he founded, CFRB, is now owned by another Canadian company competitor Astral Media.

Biography[edit]

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Rogers was educated at Upper Canada College. Rogers graduated from Trinity College in the University of Toronto, in 1956 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While an undergrad, Rogers joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity. In 1979 he was named a Significant Sig—the 21st Canadian to be inducted. In 1960, while still a student at Osgoode Hall Law School, he bought all the shares in local radio station (CHFI) that pioneered the use of FM at a time when only 5% of the Toronto households had FM receivers. By 1965, he was in the cable TV business; Rogers Communications was established in 1967 and had grown into one of Canada's largest media conglomerates.

Rogers had been the owner of the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball team since September 1, 2000, when Rogers Communications Inc. purchased 80% of the baseball club with the Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. maintaining 20% interest and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce relinquishing its 10% share. Since the 2003 season, he owned 100% of the team. Moreover, the Blue Jays' home ballpark, SkyDome, was renamed Rogers Centre after Rogers' firm purchased the stadium (including naming rights).[1]

In 2006, Rogers was inducted into Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame, along with his father Edward S. Rogers Sr.

In 2000, Ted Rogers and his wife, Loretta Rogers, gave $26.8 million to the University of Toronto. The landmark contribution was directed to U of T's Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering which named the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in honour of Ted’s late father. The Rogers' gift allowed the faculty to establish the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Graduate Scholarships, the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Undergraduate Scholarships, the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Chair in Engineering, the Velma M. Rogers Graham Chair in Engineering, the Rogers AT&T Wireless Communications Laboratories and the Rogers Scholarship Program.

On May 29, 2007, Ted Rogers and Loretta Rogers made a gift of $15 million to Ryerson University. The donation was directed towards the Faculty of Business, which was renamed the Ted Rogers School of Management at the donors' request. The majority of the gift will be used to establish 52 new undergraduate and graduate student awards and scholarships. The gift also aims to establish a new research chair to seed academic initiatives in management research.

Rogers suffered from congestive heart failure and died early in the morning on December 2, 2008, at his home in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[2][3] He was 75 years old and buried at the family plot at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.

An autobiography penned with communications consultant and former business journalist Robert Brehl titled Relentless: The True Story of the Man Behind Rogers Communications was released just 10 weeks before Rogers' death.

On December 2, 2009, the first anniversary of his death, a section of Jarvis St. in Toronto which runs next to the Rogers Communications headquarters was renamed Ted Rogers Way in his honour.

From March 4 to 6, 2010, the first annual Ted Rogers Memorial Conference (TRMC) hosted by Ryerson University, the Ted Rogers School of Management, and the Ryerson Commerce Society took place to honour Ted Rogers, inviting Canadian university students to learn more about the values and skills Ted Rogers possessed. The theme of the conference revolved around the acronym TED: Take risks. Embrace innovation. Defy the status quo.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Van Hasselt, Caroline. High Wire Act: Ted Rogers and the Empire that Debt Built. [1] John Wiley & Sons Canada (Oct 2 2008).
  2. ^ Pitts, Gordon (2008-12-02). "Ted Rogers, 75". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Rogers Communications mourns passing of Founder and CEO Ted Rogers". News Release. PR Newswire. 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 

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