Sep 16, 2009
Based in the College of Management and Economics (CME), this special-focus centre will be among the first of its kind on a Canadian university campus. It will serve as a gateway between the University and the community. Business students and faculty will work with social purpose organizations on a broad range of collaborative initiatives that have tangible benefits for everyone involved. Along the way, students will gain management and economic experience, create and launch new ventures and develop a sense of social responsibility and leadership. There will also be opportunities for faculty and graduate student research.
The donation, provided through The Co-operators Foundation, builds upon more than two decades of collaboration and partnership between the two organizations.
"Our values align very well with the mission of this new centre, which is to foster a commitment to community engagement and sustainability among future business leaders," said Co-operators president and CEO Kathy Bardswick, who is vice chair of U of G's Board of Governors. "Through the centre, students will have opportunities to get hands-on experience with non-profits and other local organizations, which will not only further their learning, but will also benefit our community."
In addition to establishing authentic and sustainable partnerships, the new centre will allow CME to expand several existing initiatives. They include the certificate program in community leadership, student business competitions, co-op placements and a partnership with the Guelph-Wellington Business Enterprise Centre that enables students to develop and operate their own businesses.
"The development of entrepreneurial skills and compassionate attitudes among business students has never been more important than it is today," said CME dean
Funding for the centre was provided from The Co-operators Foundation, which supports social economy enterprises and other worthy causes throughout