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The campaign to Build Canada’s Best Business School is about taking a new approach to business education.

We’re building the entrepreneurs who will grow our economy. We’re challenging students to apply what they learn in the classroom to solve real problems: each year, all of our third-year students take a week off classes to work on a project posed by a real business. International partnerships mean our students can adapt to a rapidly changing and complex global economy. Our researchers are studying how business works today and driving how business will work tomorrow. We’re partnering with the community to build leaders and change the future of our economy.

Wilfrid Laurier University is home to one of Canada’s most selective and innovative business programs. With your help, we will make it Canada’s Best Business School.

Lazardis School of Business & Economics by the Numbers

  • Founded in 1966
  • One of Canada’s largest business schools with 6,000 students, 130 full-time faculty, 60 part-time faculty.
  • One of only 5% of business schools in world with international accreditation by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Canadian firsts

  • Largest business co-op program in Canada
  • Chair in Brand Communication
  • MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, with course credit to students who start their own business
  • Double-degree program with University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Mathematics and Cheriton School of Computer Science
  • The Integrated Case Exercise (ICE) challenges 1,000+ third-year students to solve problems facing real companies.

Winning around the world

  • Winner of “School of the Year” at the prestigious 2015 JDC Central business competition – for the sixth consecutive year;
  • Winner of the highly regarded Aspen Institute’s International MBA Case Competition in 2015, 2014 and 2011, beating out 1,000 other MBA students and 25 other business schools, including Kellogg, Schulich, and the London Business School;
  • Highest award recipients at the 2012 and 2013 National Business and Technology Conference, defeating Yale, Wharton, Ivey, Rotman and 26 other universities;
  • First place in Canada’s 2014 Business Model Competition, defeating 17 teams from across the nation and placing in the world’s top 40 business schools in the International Business Model Competition;
  • Winner of the 2014 Montreal Stock Exchange Options Trading Simulation Competition, with a fourth-year Laurier BBA student creating a return of 424 percent and defeating participants from 1,200 teams from 28 Canadian universities.

Our Alumni

The proof of the quality of a Laurier education is our alumni. More than 28,000 business and economics alumni are leading top brands. They are steering companies such as Kellogg, BMO Financial Group, Toshiba Canada, AIG Insurance Canada, Challenger Motor Freight, Jaguar Land Rover, Fidelity Investments, Ikea North America and Nordic,, Nestle Canada and many more.



Lazaridis Hall is the new home of the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics and the Department of Mathematics.

Within this ground-breaking facility Laurier will provide leading-edge training, which will help advance the economic prosperity of the nation. Technology will connect students, professionals and researchers around the world. Flexible teaching spaces will allow us to adapt our curriculum to the changing needs of business. Open spaces will encourage collaboration and teamwork.

The transformational investment of $72.6 million by the Ontario government to build Lazaridis Hall is a testament to the government’s confidence in Laurier’s standing as a university that creates the best Canadian business leaders.

Find out how you can be part of this ground-breaking new building.