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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
August 28, 2015
Canadian Excellence


Achievements & Successes

The School of Business & Economics (SBE) at Wilfrid Laurier University is one of the largest and most innovative business schools in Canada. With a mission to achieve excellence in management education, SBE has over 100 full-time faculty and more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students on campuses in Waterloo and Toronto.

Laurier PhD in Management
SBEís inaugural PhD class began their studies in September 2005. SBE offers a Doctoral Degree in Management within three unique disciplines, namely, Financial Economics, Management and Organizational Behaviour, and Operations Management (Supply Chain Management).   In 2010/2011, Accounting and Marketing were both added as separate disciplines.  The School has developed a dynamic program that emphasizes and explores the academic and industry strength of SBE and Laurier.

Laurierís Business Programs are AACSB Accredited
The Laurier School of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) for both the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (HBBA) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programs. Laurier is one of just 15 Canadian schools to receive the prestigious AACSB accreditation.

AACSB International is a not-for-profit corporation of educational institutions, corporations and other organizations devoted to the promotion and improvement of higher education in business administration and management. Organized in 1916, AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for bachelorís, masterís and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting.  

The Most Enterprising Campus in Canada
The members of Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) Laurier have again set the standard at the leading Canadian competition for student entrepreneurship. At ACEís 2005 Campus Enterprise Challenge, a team of SBE students earned Laurier the title of The Most Enterprising Campus In Canada for the third consecutive year.

ACE Laurier also represented Canada at the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) World Cup for the third consecutive year.  They are the only competitors to represent Canada three times Ė let alone three times in a row. The world cup judges leading business students from more than 45 countries based on their outreach efforts in the teaching of market economics, entrepreneurship, personal success skills and business ethics. ACE Laurier earned the right to represent Canada by winning the competition of 32 teams from universities and colleges across Canada in the SIFE category at the Campus Enterprise Challenge. ACE Laurierís many educational outreach programs have included a project that provides hands-on business training to working children in Aswan, Egypt and a project that teaches the basics of entrepreneurship to inmates at Correctional Services Canadaís Grand River Institution for Women. 

Laurier Grads Excel in Chartered Accounting Uniform Final Exams
Since 1993, Laurier School of Business & Economics accounting graduates have won more Canadian Gold Medals and more Ontario Gold Medals than any other university in Canada in the Canada-wide Uniform Final Examination for chartered accountants, considered one of world's most difficult professional exams. Sarah Hadley, a 2001 Honours Bachelor of Business Administration graduate scored a perfect 300 on the 2002 UFE.

Laurier ranks first among Primarily Undergraduate Ontario Universities
Macleanís magazine has ranked Wilfrid Laurier University first among Ontario universities in overall reputation (Primarily Undergraduate section) each year since 2000. Laurier has also been consistently ranked as one of the top four Canadian schools in each of the subcategories that determine the overall reputation rankings, including Highest Quality, Leaders of Tomorrow and Most Innovative.

Innovative MBA programs
Since launching Canadaís first full-time one-year MBA program in 1986, Laurierís School of Business and Economics has continued to lead the way with innovative programs that meet the needs of Canadaís business leaders. In addition to the fully integrated, one-year full-time program, Laurier also offers a part-time MBA program at the Waterloo campus and a part-time weekend MBA program in downtown Toronto. Continuing the innovative approach to MBA offerings, students have the opportunity to graduate with a Certified Management Accounting designation as well as an MBA.  

CMA Centre of Excellence
In September 2003, Laurierís  Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship was designated as a CMA Canada Centre of Excellence in Management Accounting for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). It is the only facility of its kind in Canada. The centre is part of a 10-year, $1 million agreement between CMA Canada and Laurier aimed at expanding the boundaries of management accounting and enhancing the competitiveness of Canadian small business. To this end, the Centre will facilitate interaction between entrepreneurs and SMEs, management accountants, faculty, and students through workshops, a speaker series and publications.

Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship
The Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship opened in August 2002, with Steve Farlow as its first Executive Director. Through linking students with the entrepreneurial community, the mission of the centre is to increase the management competencies of business graduates, enhance academic research in entrepreneurship and support the growing entrepreneurial technology marketplace.