In 2009, The Academy at the Shaw Festival was re-named to honour the legacy and generosity of the family of Allan Slaight and Ada Slaight.
For over 25 years The Slaight Family has had a profound impact on the Shaw Festival through their leadership and generosity. In addition to establishing The Academy with then Artistic Director Christopher Newton in 1985, Allan Slaight served as a Board member at The Shaw from 1982 to 1988 and as Board Chair from 1985 to 1986. In addition, he and Newton founded The Shaw Boxing Evening, the largest charity fundraiser of its kind in the world, which has raised more than $6 million for The Shaw.
An exemplary leader and patron as well, Ada Slaight served on the Board from 1990 to 1998 as a Governor, National Governor and Honorary Governor.