For the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, the journey from great to best begins with our outstanding Campaign Cabinet. These dedicated volunteers are helping to spread the word that Laurier is Building Canada’s Best Business School.
The cabinet is composed of some of Canada’s most outstanding business leaders, including many successful Laurier alumni. These impressive, inspiring individuals have each pledged their personal support to help educate future generations of inspired business leaders. Join them.
Chairman, Portland Holdings Inc.; Chancellor, Wilfrid Laurier University
“I am exceedingly impressed by Laurier’s strengths in entrepreneurship — their academic programming and support, resources, and track record of success as evidenced by their alumni. Laurier is the place to be if you are serious about growing Canada’s economy. Where better to learn than an environment rife with entrepreneurs; and who better to learn from than the leaders themselves.”
Peter Ansley, ’66
Canadian Tire Franchisee, Investor and Entrepreneur
Farouk Ahamed, ’80
President, ADF Invescap Inc.
Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board
Damian Bassett, ’72
Principal, Aberdeen Consulting Limited
David Chilton, ’95
Dragons’ Den Judge and Best-selling Author
“My economics degree from Laurier has been a big help to me throughout my career. Yet, amazingly, it’s not the most important thing I gained during my years at WLU. My first experience with entrepreneurship was as part of Laurier’s co-op program. The school was incredibly supportive of my efforts to start my own company and the faculty went out of its way to help me at every turn. It was truly a life-changing experience that set the course that I’m still on today. Also, the sense of community at Laurier was something that drew me in and has affected me positively in many ways. The spirit truly is remarkable. I owe much of who I am today to Laurier. Well, the good parts anyway.”
Chairman, Onbelay Investment Corporation
Bob Breadner, ’77
President & Owner, Breadner Trailer Sales Amalgamated Ltd.
Chancellor Emeritus, Wilfrid Laurier University
Founder, The Cora Group
Eileen Mercier, ’68
Chair, Board of Directors, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
“Laurier has long been Canada’s best-kept secret. Well, the secret is out. Laurier graduates are bright, adaptive and ready to work. They are leading many of Canada’s top companies today and will continue to be leaders in Canada’s ascendancy in the global economy. This university is designed to deliver.”
President & Managing Director, Waterloo Inn & Conference Centre
Claire Duboc, ’84
Chair, Development Committee of Board of Governors, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dan Einwechter, ’77
Chairman, CEO & Founder, Challenger Motor Freight Inc.
Marc Henein, ’04
President, Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association; Wealth Advisor, ScotiaMcLeod
Kelly Murumets, ’96
President & CEO, Tennis Canada
“There was something about the people at Laurier I recognized from the moment I stepped on campus. The intimate yet world-class community at Laurier felt like home, immediately. Laurier is inspiring the leaders of tomorrow — whether it is in business, economics, music, social work, arts, we need leaders in all of these disciplines and Laurier is producing those kinds of leaders. Laurier does inspire; it inspired me.”
Iain Klugman, ’02
President & CEO, Communitech
Pat Krajewski, ’89, 90
Senior Vice-President, Public & Corporate Affairs, Scotiabank
Craig Langdon, ’96
President, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Director, Deans Knight Capital Management
Greg McCauley, ’83
Managing Partner, Southwestern Ontario, Ernst & Young Canada
Lynn Oldfield, ’84
President & CEO, Chartis Insurance Canada
“Laurier truly provides an unparalleled student experience that enriches an already strong academic degree. The unique, but very purposeful, integration of experiential learning at Laurier makes its graduates not only workforce ready, but also responsible citizens who are ready to contribute to building Canada’s economy.”
Gerard (Gerry) McGrath
CFO & Partner, Perseis Partners Inc.
Tim Penner, ’78
Retired President, Procter & Gamble Canada
Chancellor Emeritus, Wilfrid Laurier University; President & CEO, Blairtech Investments Ltd.
Chairman & Chief Learning Officer, Quarry Integrated Communications Inc.
Gerry Remers, ’79
President & COO, Christie Digital Systems Canada
“The technology installed in this new building is a game-changer for how business education is taught in Canada and around the world. Laurier is utilizing technology in ways other business schools can only imagine. With the aid of advanced display and learning technology, I believe Laurier is poised to become the best business school in Canada.”
Chief Operating Officer, Manulife Financial
Bob Schlegel, ’72
CEO, Schlegel Capital and CEO, Bedrock Logistics
Founder, PeopleCARE Heritage Centres; Registered Nurse
Peter Sharpe, ’70
Retired President & CEO, Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd.
Bill Webb, ’86
Executive Vice-President & Chief Investment Officer, Gluskin Sheff + Associates
“Laurier’s School of Business & Economics stands out in my mind as a strong leader in producing our nation’s top business graduates. We have hired more than 100 business co-op students who have gone on to make extraordinary contributions not only within Gluskin Sheff, but also at other major companies in Canada. With this new opportunity, I can’t wait to see what Laurier graduates will do in the future.”
Real (Ray) Tanguay, ’83
Senior Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation Japan; Senior Vice-President, Toyota Motor North America; Chairman, Toyota Manufacturing Canada
Lesly A. Tayles
Vice-President, Personal Banking, Province of Ontario, National Bank