George Chen, the owner of the Muskoka Royale property, is a Canadian citizen, Toronto resident and entrepreneur. He has been inspired to build a private school based on his children’s experiences in such schools in Toronto, namely at Upper Canada College and The Bishop Strachan School. Those two schools were built 190 years ago and 150 years ago, respectively, and have brought good, stable employment, and prosperity to their surrounding neighborhoods for many decades. The campuses and school buildings are beautiful, and contribute to the character and prestige of their neighborhoods.
There are many other private schools in Ontario with a similarly long, successful history, and which have also made substantial contributions to the economic success of their communities through the creation of a large number of well-paying, stable jobs, the creation of spin-off commercial benefits and employment, by directly increasing visitors/tourism to their communities and, in some instances, by indirectly contributing to tourism by drawing more attention across the globe to their beautiful locations. Lakefield College, established in 1879 in the Kawartha’s, is one example of such a private school in a setting similar to that of Bracebridge.
It is George’s vision to create a private school as his legacy project, a school which future generations of his family will be proud of. In doing so, George recognizes that this will be a long-term project, and is quite prepared to make the investments that are necessary to construct a beautiful campus, create a world-class educational environment, and build the reputation of this school to one which will attract students from throughout the GTA, across the rest of Ontario, from elsewhere in Canada and the U.S., and from across the globe.