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Dr. Gerald and Mrs. Reesa Niznick in front of the new sign on May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018 – The College of Dentistry has received the largest gift in its history, from Dr. Gerald and Mrs. Reesa Niznick.


Recognized as the originator of modern implant dentistry, Dr. Niznick [DMD/66, LLD (Hon)/02] today announced a historic $7.5 million donation towards his alma mater through the Front and Centre campaign.
Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd in the Bannatyne campus’ Brodie Atrium on May 29, the internationally-successful entrepreneur and dentist said, “The University of Manitoba dental faculty instilled in me appreciation of the trust patients put in us as dental professionals. I believe we need to continually learn so we can fulfill our ethical responsibility to deliver state-of-the-art treatment. Investing time, energy and money to learn better ways to treat our patients is a dentist’s moral obligation.”
The Niznicks’ gift reflects the breadth of innovative teaching, research, and community outreach found in the College of Dentistry. Their $7.5 million will enhance clinical training space, fund special initiatives that enrich our community’s health and wellbeing and create reliable endowed funding for the College.
“Our alumni continue to make an important impact on the health of our nation, and in Dr. Niznick’s case, internationally,” said Dr. Anthony Iacopino, dean of the College of Dentistry. “We are honoured that Dr. Niznick has chosen to invest today in the instructors, support staff and students of dentistry who carry on that legacy of impact and innovation.”
In recognition of this transformative gift, the University of Manitoba has renamed the college the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry.