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New dean of the Laurier school of business and economics brings international focus to her role
Aug 23/06| For Immediate Release
Dr. Sue Horton
WATERLOO – Ginny Dybenko, a former senior corporate executive with both Bell Canada and Syndesis, has been named by Wilfrid Laurier University as the new dean of the Laurier school of business and economics (SBE). Dybenko’s business accomplishments, along with her focus on international partnerships, put her at the top of a competitive selection process for the five-year term, which begins in September.
“A seasoned, senior-level executive, Ginny brings broad experience, as well as strengths in marketing and communications technology, to her new role,” explains Dr. Sue Horton, Laurier’s vice-president: academic. “She will serve as a terrific ambassador for the Laurier SBE to the business community and beyond. We are confident that Ginny’s leadership abilities, coupled with her enthusiasm and vision, will help take Laurier to a new level of excellence and worldwide recognition.”
Dybenko’s corporate experience includes her most recent role as vice-president of partnerships, marketing and communications at Syndesis, a high-tech company in Richmond Hill. There, she successfully connected the company with the global marketplace, assisting in its transformation from a startup to a recognized market leader. During her long and productive career at Bell Canada, Dybenko pioneered a number of leading-edge technology initiatives and held numerous vice-president roles, in which she directed business units from Advantage call centres to advanced communications. She was also heavily involved in developing Canada’s first nationwide broadband communications network connecting universities and research institutions across Canada.
“I'm truly excited to have been selected as the next dean of the Laurier school of business and economics. In this role, I intend to help build strong partnerships and a mutually-beneficial dialogue between the corporate community and academia,” says Dybenko.
“There is no other university in Canada today with the level of creativity and flexibility that is evident in the Laurier SBE’s innovative curriculum - which is why it is so popular with students,” states Dybenko. "There is a dynamic nature to the school, unlike any other business school I've seen. I plan to market Laurier's critical value throughout the world."
Dybenko will apply her business knowledge to the development of the Laurier SBE, and to its international marketing efforts. Her plans include a unique program with a significant international focus. “The Waterloo region is highly dependent on trade with the United States and other leading nations. Few schools fully understand the importance of this topic,” explains Dybenko. “I believe that a focus on international studies will attract government, private sector and academic interest, and will uniquely position the Laurier SBE in the global market. It will also allow students to walk out confidently, understanding the business world from a broader perspective, which will be attractive to employers in Canada and abroad.”
Horton echoes the importance of Dybenko’s focus, stressing that this interest in international issues supports the Laurier SBE’s overall strategic plan.
Dybenko also has a keen interest in connecting with Laurier students, calling them “the real heart of the school.” She wants to stimulate and encourage the connection students have with the school, spend time with them to address their challenges and to design programs to suit their needs. “I want to expose Laurier's business students to Canadian business leaders as much as possible so that they will gain a better understanding of the realities of the business world,” says Dybenko. “The connections I’ve made with corporate executives across the country and internationally will help me bring the real world in.”
Dybenko augments her business experience with an extensive academic background. “Ginny has always made it a priority to maintain a foot in both business and academia,” explains Horton. “She has done an outstanding job on the board of governors at the Universityof Western Ontario [UWO] over a period of five years while also chairing UWO’s advisory council for Western engineering and serving on UWO's science external advisory council."
Dybenko holds a bachelor of arts in honours mathematics from UWO and a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo. She is the chair of the Youth in Motion Education Foundation, a member of the International Women’s Forum, the recipient of a Canadian Ambassador’s Award and an honourary adjunct professor at UWO’s school of engineering.
Dybenko replaces outgoing dean, Dr. Scott Carson, who ends his second five-year term on August 31, 2006.