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A decade connecting to what matters: uOttawa’s Telfer School of Management marks its 10th anniversary

Telfer 10 years
Telfer 10 years

In 2007, mining industry magnate and University of Ottawa alumnus Ian Telfer made what was then the largest donation ever given to a Canadian business school. He gave $25 million to uOttawa’s School of Management.

Faculty of the rebranded Telfer School of Management have since built a bright future. Telfer has become a top institution for research, education and community engagement.

Telfer connects students with opportunities across Canada and abroad, and it helps faculty make a positive impact beyond the campus. It also provides expertise and horsepower to help alumni and the business community at large conquer barriers to growth. Telfer even reaches into high school classrooms to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and educate on vital topics such as financial literacy.

“We continue to focus on connecting all our stakeholders to what matters most to them,” said Dean François Julien.

Telfer 10 years

10 years of accomplishment:

1. A new home designed for collaborative learning – The Desmarais Building.

2. Teaching and research focused on three strategic areas of expertise: entrepreneurship and innovation, health systems management, and analytics and performance.

3. More opportunities for students to learn through competitions, work experiences, international exchanges and interactions with business leaders.

4. Professorships, fellowships and research programs that enable specialists to delve into today’s most pressing business problems and share findings with students.

5. New PhD program and Master of Science degrees, as well as specialized courses and curricula for rising executives.

6. A financial research and learning lab and other tools that allow students to learn by doing.

7. A stronger faculty staffed by accomplished, ambitious academics.

8. Strong donor engagement to amass a sizeable endowment.

9. A coveted triple crown of accreditations (AACSB International, Association for MBAs and EQUIS), one of only two business schools in Canada to do so.

10. A deepened appreciation for what makes Telfer different from other business schools – it connects you to what matters.

Where can Telfer take you in the next 10 years?

“Credit for our success goes to our students, professors, researchers, alumni, donors and partners—for staying connected with us and helping us build in ways that matter to them,” Dean Julien said. “We have much further to go together. We can’t wait to see what the next 10 years bring.”

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