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Five key players in Canadian philanthropy

These benefactors are supporting important initiatives to bolster higher education, help the downtrodden, advance the frontiers of science and foster excellence in the arts. This is part of The Globe and Mail's in-depth look at the evolution of philanthropy.

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TORONTO, ONT.- Sept. 18/2006 -- Seymour Schulich, CEO of Newmont Capital is photographed at his offices at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto, Ont. Sept. 18/2006. Photo by KEVIN VAN PAASSEN/THE GLOBE AND MAIL

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Belinda Stronach poses for a portrait following a Economic Club of Ottawa luncheon where she was honoured by Equal Voices an organization for women in politics at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. Pawel Dwulit for the Globe and Mail

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Mike Lazaridis, president and co-chief executive officer of Research in Motion, holds the new Blackberry PlayBook which is 9.7mm thin as he speaks at the RIM Blackberry developers conference in San Francisco, California September 27, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCI TECH BUSINESS)

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Randy Moffat, president of Moffat Communications, is shown in Winnipeg in this March 27, 2000 photo. Shaw Communications Inc. is making a $1.2-billion stock and cash bid for Winnipeg-based rival Moffat, a move that will strengthen Shaw’s hold on Western Canada’s cable TV market. (CP PHOTO/Winnipeg Free Press-Phil Hossack)

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