Edward Samuel Rogers
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Statue of Ted Rogers in front of the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
|Born||Edward Samuel Rogers, Jr.
May 27, 1933
|Died||December 2, 2008
|Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto|
|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.|
|Spouse(s)||Loretta Anne Robinson (1963-2008)|
|Children||Lisa Anne Rogers
Edward Rogers III
Melinda Mary Rogers
Martha Loretta Rogers
|Parents||Ted Rogers, Sr.
Velma Melissa Taylor
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, Bell Media.
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, which 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 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).
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 on the morning of December 2, 2008, aged 75, at his home in Toronto. He was 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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- History of Rogers at the Wayback Machine (archived February 12, 2008)
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- Forbes.com: Forbes World's Richest People
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- Order of Canada Citation
- AP Obituary in the National Post
- Laureate award, Canada's Telecommunications Hall of Fame (video)
- Ted Rogers Memorial Conference