As a leading business school, we have the societal
obligation to produce innovative business leaders 
and practitioners for Canada and the rest of the world 


"I want to share my sincere gratitude for everyone who has furthered our vision to become Canada’s most influential, globally recognized business school through the impact of our research and our graduates."



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So many people are involved in enriching and shaping the school— from current students and young alumni to industry partners and our own faculty members. Thanks to these exceptional contributions, Sauder grew and expanded in novel directions this year. Most notably, we received a landmark donation to create a new research centre in business ethics from UBC alumnus Peter Dhillon.  

For our 2014/15 Investors’ Report, we have gathered stories about the di­fference that donors and volunteers have made to the Sauder community, enabling the school to educate strong leaders who are prepared to meet the challenges of tomorrow with academic rigour, mutual respect and responsibility for themselves and their communities.

You’ll hear about those who chose to support traditional business disciplines, such as Vancouver firm Leith Wheeler’s donation to give finance students a leg- up on their careers. And about donors who championed Sauder’s commitment to provide values-based education through their own commitment to leadership, community and giving back.

We feature one graduate’s contribution to building the Sauder Alumni Club of Hong Kong and another alumni’s inspiration to help fund his professor’s research.  

You will also hear from the family who thoughtfully created an award in memory of undergraduate student Lauren Wilmot.  

The common thread, and the point we would like to celebrate, is the time and energy that countless individuals have given to make life better for our students, our future leaders. UBC’s groundbreaking start an evolution campaign was completed on September 30, 2015, signaling the end of a transformational period of growth at Sauder. At the same time, we began celebrating UBC’s Centennial, which will continue with commemorative events and initiatives until May 28, 2016.

We have more plans in the works, including emerging research initiatives and new awards and learning opportunities, but for now I want to share my sincere gratitude for everyone who has furthered our vision to become Canada’s most  influential, globally recognized business school through the impact  of our research and our graduates.

Thank you,

Robert Helsley
Dean, Sauder School of Business
Grosvenor Professor of Cities,
Business Economics and Public Policy