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Lazaridis School of Business & Economics

Laurier business dean stepping down to explore new opportunities

Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing

Jan 14/11| For Immediate Release


Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
519-884-0710 ext. 3070 or

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University’s Dean of the School of Business & Economics, Ginny Dybenko, announced today that she will be leaving her current position to pursue other opportunities within the university.

“When I joined Laurier in 2006 I had a number of specific things I wanted to do,” said Dybenko. “My goals included establishing a strategic direction for the faculty, securing international partnerships, bringing technology more fully into the curriculum, and enhancing both external relationships and profile for the School of Business & Economics. I’m proud to say that we’ve made significant progress in all of these areas. I’m also ready for a new challenge, one that allows me to build on these activities to make ongoing contributions to Laurier.”

Vice-President: Academic Deborah MacLatchy says Dybenko’s impact on the School of Business & Economics has been significant.

“Of particular note are the highly-valued relationships she has built with many external and internal groups and individuals, including supporting the development of combined science/technology and business programs and the Laurier Brantford Bachelor of Business Technology Management program,” said MacLatchy. “She has also been instrumental in ensuring SBE graduates are increasingly recognized for the roles they play in successfully managing technology companies in the Region of Waterloo and beyond.”

Prior to joining Laurier in 2006, Dybenko was vice-president of marketing at Syndesis where she successfully connected the company with the global marketplace. During her 25-year 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 sales and network operations to Bell Advanced Communications. She was also heavily involved in developing CA*net, Canada’s first nationwide broadband communications network connecting universities and research institutions across Canada.  

Dybenko is president and founder of the Waterloo chapter of the International Women’s Forum and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2008.

An acting dean will be appointed while the search process for a new dean is undertaken.


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