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Campaign Cabinet

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.

Michael Lee-Chin

Michael Lee-Chin

HONORARY CHAIR

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

Peter Ansley, ’66

Chair

Canadian Tire Franchisee, Investor and Entrepreneur

Farouk Ahamed,  ’80

Farouk Ahamed, ’80

President, ADF Invescap Inc.

Bob Astley

Bob Astley

Chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board

Damian Bassett,  ’72

Damian Bassett, ’72

Principal, Aberdeen Consulting Limited

David Chilton, ’95

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.”

John Bell

John Bell

Chairman, Onbelay Investment Corporation

Bob Breadner,  ’77

Bob Breadner, ’77

President & Owner, Breadner Trailer Sales Amalgamated Ltd.

John Cleghorn

John Cleghorn

Chancellor Emeritus, Wilfrid Laurier University

Manfred Conrad

Manfred Conrad

Founder, The Cora Group

Eileen Mercier, ’68

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.”

Mary D'Alton

Mary D'Alton

President & Managing Director, Waterloo Inn & Conference Centre

Claire Duboc, ’84

Claire Duboc, ’84

Chair, Development Committee of Board of Governors, Wilfrid Laurier University

Dan Einwechter, ’77

Dan Einwechter, ’77

Chairman, CEO & Founder, Challenger Motor Freight Inc.

Marc Henein, ’04

Marc Henein, ’04

President, Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association; Wealth Advisor, ScotiaMcLeod

Kelly Murumets, ’96

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

Iain Klugman, ’02

President & CEO, Communitech

Pat Krajewski, ’89, 90

Pat Krajewski, ’89, 90

Senior Vice-President, Public & Corporate Affairs, Scotiabank

Craig Langdon, ’96

Craig Langdon, ’96

President, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Director, Deans Knight Capital Management

Greg McCauley, ’83

Greg McCauley, ’83

Managing Partner, Southwestern Ontario, Ernst & Young Canada

Lynn Oldfield, ’84

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

Gerard (Gerry) McGrath

CFO & Partner, Perseis Partners Inc.

Tim Penner, ’78

Tim Penner, ’78

Retired President, Procter & Gamble Canada

John Pollock

John Pollock

Chancellor Emeritus, Wilfrid Laurier University; President & CEO, Blairtech Investments Ltd.

Alan Quarry

Alan Quarry

Chairman & Chief Learning Officer, Quarry Integrated Communications Inc.

Gerry Remers, ’79

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.”

Paul Rooney

Paul Rooney

Chief Operating Officer, Manulife Financial

Bob Schlegel, ’72

Bob Schlegel, ’72

CEO, Schlegel Capital and CEO, Bedrock Logistics

Myrna Schlegel

Myrna Schlegel

Founder, PeopleCARE Heritage Centres; Registered Nurse

Peter Sharpe, ’70

Peter Sharpe, ’70

Retired President & CEO, Cadillac Fairview Corp. Ltd.

Bill Webb, ’86

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

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

Lesly A. Tayles

Vice-President, Personal Banking, Province of Ontario, National Bank