peter gilgan Earlier this week, Mattamy Homes founder and noted philanthropist Peter Gilgan paid a visit to the site of a new SickKids research centre that will bear his name.

Gilgan donated $40 million to The Hospital for Sick Children to help build the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning.

His gift is the largest ever made to a children’s hospital in Canada.

Gilgan visited the site on August 26th to celebrate the installation of the Centre’s name on the building.

Thunderstorms prevented the installation from beginning, but that didn’t stop Gilgan from enjoying the moment.

Have a look at some photos we snapped below…

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The Gilgan Centre is believed to be the largest child health research tower in the world.

Located at Bay Street and Elm Street, the 750,000 square foot, 21 storey building will house state-of-the-art laboratories and learning facilities. When it opens it will be home to 2,000 SickKids scientists, trainees and child health research and learning staff.

Designed by Diamond Schmitt, the beautiful new structure solidifies SickKids as a world leader in child health research and learning.

Gilgan also received widespread media attention in 2011 when he donated $15 million to help build Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre located at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The grand opening for The Gilgan Centre is scheduled for September 17th.

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