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Oct. 20, 2014

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Oct 10, 2014
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University is announcing a landmark fundraising campaign. The Building Canada’s Best Business School campaign aims to raise $55 million for the School of Business & Economics.

“Laurier’s School of Business and Economics is located in Canada’s best ecosystem for management education,” explains Dean Micheál Kelly. “Surrounded by entrepreneurs and some of Canada’s most innovative businesses, we provide our students with opportunities that no other business school in Canada can offer. This, coupled with our high standards and our outstanding alumni makes us one of Canada’s best choices for a business and economics education.”

The campaign will raise funds to support student scholarships, help retain and recruit top faculty, build a new and innovative $103-million building, and strengthen Laurier’s unique, pioneering programming.

“Laurier offers an unparalleled student experience – one that immerses students in the real challenges of successful business management. The funds raised through this campaign will enhance our ability to prepare students to thrive in a global economy that is increasingly fueled by innovation and entrepreneurship,” said alumnus Peter Ansley (’66) who is chairing the campaign’s volunteer cabinet.

Laurier’s unique approach to education has resulted in graduates who are heading many major brands. Laurier alumni are at the helm of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Kellogg Canada, BMO Financial Group, Toshiba Canada, AIG Insurance Canada, Challenger Motor Freight, Jaguar Land Rover, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and many more.

Several major donations have already been announced from generous donors, including TD Bank Group, Michael and Hennie Stork, the McGrath family, the Marsland family, Bank of Montreal, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada and the Class of ’66. The university is 63 per cent of the way to its $55-million goal.

The most visible demonstration of how this campaign is transforming Laurier is the Global Innovation Exchange building, which will be the new home of the School of Business & Economics and the Department of Mathematics. This building, currently under construction on University Avenue, is slated to open fall 2015. The technology in the GIE will surpass that of any other teaching facility in Canada. Students and researchers will be able to collaborate seamlessly within classrooms, labs, the auditorium, and with people around the world. The provincial government has committed $72.6 million to the GIE project.

Full details about the campaign are available at

This fall, the School of Business & Economics welcomed 1,300 first-year undergraduate business and economics students. The School has a total student population of 5,500 and 23,000 alumni.

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Julia Thomson, Manager of Communications
Development and Alumni Relations
519.884.0710 x4479 or

Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
519.884.0710 x3070 or


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