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Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation

Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation

In the spirit of the man from whom the organization takes its name, the Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation supports many charitable organizations with a focus on family, health and wellness, and cultural initiatives.

Some of its noteworthy benefactors include Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation of Toronto, Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation, Pier 21 Society, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Art Gallery of Ontario, York University Foundation, Hudson’s Bay Company Foundation, Canadian Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, Governing Council of the University of Toronto, Varley Mckay Art Foundation of Markham, Toronto Artscape Foundation, City of Vaughan, and Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation for the Diocese of Toronto in Canada.

The son of a carpenter who came from Friuli, Italy in 1922, Rudolph P. Bratty was born in Canada and brought up in a tradition of deep responsibility to his community. He became one of Toronto’s most successful real estate developers, head of his family’s development company, The Remington Group, and a partner in the law firm of Bratty & Partners. His business accomplishments are paralleled by his deep commitment to many charities. A major financial supporter of Pier 21, which celebrates Canada’s immigrant history, he was a member of the original National Advisory Council. Rudy Bratty embodies the Canadian spirit of generosity.

Downtown Markham Hosts Rogers Hometown Hockey

Downtown Markham Hosts Rogers Hometown Hockey

Thousands of fans descended on Downtown Markham as the Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour rolled into the city. The national tour set up camp for two days as the City of Markham showed their love of the game with a three-day Hockey Celebration Weekend.

The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour featured ball hockey, autograph sessions with Curtis Joseph and Rick Vaive, interactive games, live music and much more.

Hosts Ron Maclean and Tara Slone took to the stage to cap off a weekend of hockey fun prior to the national broadcast of the Winnipeg Jets and Carolina Hurricanes game streamed live from Downtown Markham.

Rudolph Bratty Receives Honourary Doctor of Laws

Rudolph Bratty Receives Honourary Doctor of Laws

Rudolph P. Bratty, CEO of The Remington Group and founder of Brattys, LLP, was awarded an honourary Doctor of Laws degree during York University’s third fall convocation ceremony in October. During his speech to graduands of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Mr. Bratty stressed that success hinges on a strong educational foundation.
“I suppose it all started about 70 years ago when I finished high school,” said Mr. Bratty. “I told my dad that I wanted to build houses and be a developer and be a small builder, and he said ‘no’, in his broken English … he said ‘you go school.’ I said, ‘Dad, I want to be a builder’, and he said, ‘you go school.’ “So, I had two choices: I go to school or I go to school.”
Following his father Donato Bratty’s directive, he went to school and earned a bachelor’s degree. He then went back to his father for more advice, saying again that he wanted to be a developer, to which his father replied: “You go school.” At that time, Bratty recalls having more “acceptance about going to school.”
And his father had yet more advice about exactly which path that education should take, suggesting he become a professional – a lawyer, a doctor, an accountant – and use his Italian background to help the huge wave of immigrants coming over from Europe at that time.
“So I became a lawyer,” said Mr. Bratty, who obtained his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, was called to the bar in 1957 and was appointed to the Queen’s Council in 1970. “Interestingly enough, it is 60 years now that I’ve been a lawyer. My firm still exists, we’re busy as heck … and I’m extremely proud of it.”
And, through The Remington Group, he has more than fulfilled his dream of becoming a developer. Referred to as ‘The Man Who Built Toronto’, Mr. Bratty has established himself as one of Canada’s pre-eminent real estate developers. “Education is so important,” said Mr. Bratty. “Education breeds intelligence, intelligence breeds understanding and understanding breeds resolution.”

The Remington Group salutes Mr. Rudolph P. Bratty and celebrates his success and lifelong commitment to excellence.

NY Times images donated to Ryerson

NY Times images donated to Ryerson

The Rudolph P. Family Foundation has donated nearly 25,000 press photos from the New York Times to Ryerson University.

The images, collectively known as the New York Times Canadian Photo Archive, were acquired by the Rudolph P. Bratty Family Foundation in a generous act of cultural repatriation.

“This collection captures thousands of Canadian stories over the course of the 20th Century. It gives me great pleasure to bring it home to Canada, where it can tell those stories to Canadians,” said Christopher Bratty, representing the family.

Ryerson president Mohamed Lachemi called the donation an “extraordinary gift from Mr. Bratty.” He said it further established the RIC and Ryerson as a key international repository for significant archives of press photography.

The collection was introduced to the public with the exhibition The Faraway Nearby, which examined a century of Canada’s history and its representation in the leading American “newspaper of record.”