"It’s something he would have loved. He always championed career opportunities for youth and particularly women."
Anne-Marie Croteau, dean of John Molson, thanked Gupta for his contribution to both the success of women in finance and his brother’s legacy.
“These generous undergraduate bursaries will enable worthy recipients to focus on their studies rather than on financial constraints,” Croteau says, “and to maintain the academic excellence that will jump-start their careers in finance.”
The endowment is also a tribute to the Gupta brothers’ appreciation for their alma mater.
Karna Gupta came to Montreal with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from India in 1975. Based on incentives from Gunther Brink, BComm 56, then dean of the Concordia’s Faculty of Commerce, and a few professors, he enrolled at the university. Jaydeep followed in his footsteps.
However, the connection to Concordia goes deeper.
“I also met my wife, Maria Pia Fusco [BComm 78], a Canadian from Saint-Leonard, so Concordia yielded more than a degree, it created a 43-year partnership,” Gupta says.
A love story? “Yes, that too.”