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Wade and Betty-Ann Heggie

For Wade and Betty-Ann Heggie, philanthropy is a reflection of personal values. Says Betty-Ann, “The museum has always been high on our list.”

As Mendel Art Gallery Board Chair, Wade led fundraising efforts to expand the gallery. Having donated $10,000 in 2006, the couple contributed $100,000 in 2007 “to inspire others,” Wade said. Although the expansion didn’t go ahead, they are now delighted to have their contribution help build Remai Modern.

“The fact that Saskatoon has a vision, and can go ahead with this new art muesum—it’s fantastic!”

The Heggies, who have two daughters, are deeply invested in the community. Wade, whose father was a city councilor, grew up here. He is now a retired financial and insurance planner.

Betty-Ann came to Saskatoon to attend the University of Saskatchewan. A former PotashCorp senior vice-president, she founded the Womentorship program, Edwards School of Business.

Avid travelers, the Heggies have planned trips around signature buildings, such as Spain’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

“Having a signature building is a symbol that our city has arrived,” Betty-Ann says. Remai Modern sends a signal. Through art and architecture, you’re telling people that how you live and what you surround yourself with is important.”