• A Message from Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick: Schulich Celebrates Black History Month

    Dear Members of the Schulich Community,

    The beginning of February marks the annual start of Black History Month. This year’s theme is “Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; A Future to Build”, and it gives the Schulich community an opportunity to recognize and applaud the many noteworthy accomplishments and contributions that Black Canadians have made to our country over many centuries.

    As part of Black History Month celebrations and events here at our school, the Schulich Black Students Association (SBSA) will host a conference and networking event on Friday, February 9. Sponsored by KPMG, the Afropolitan Case Competition & Conference will give students the opportunity to learn about Black history as well as take part in a case competition with prizes totalling $2,000. Other highlights include keynote speakers, workshops, a panel discussion and the opportunity to network with industry professionals from companies such as KPMG, EY, MNP, Mackenzie Investments, CPA Ontario, the Onyx Initiative, RSM and others. The event will take place at KPMG’s Toronto office at the Bay Adelaide Centre on 333 Bay Street. All students, regardless of background, are welcome to register for this event and can do so here. The event is $20 for SBSA members and $30 for non-members and registration closes on Wednesday, February 7 at noon. A big thanks to KPMG and to Ramla Elmi and Yousif Arbab, Co-Presidents of the SBSA, as well as all the members of their team who have worked together to organize this outstanding event.

    Schulich’s Jean-Jacques Rousseau (MBA ’06), an instructor and Special Advisor to the Office of the Dean on Decolonization, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (DEDI) initiatives, will lead a workshop session at this year’s “Know Your Worth” conference. The annual forum is organized by the Osgoode Hall Law School chapter of the Black Law Students’ Association, which represents the Black community at Osgoode and strives to foster an equitable and engaging environment for Black law students. The conference will welcome Black high school students from the Dufferin-Peel and Toronto school boards to take part in capacity-building workshops, community building and a chance to hear inspiring speakers and leaders like Jean-Jacques.

    Black History Month gives us a chance to not only celebrate the achievements of Black Canadians but also to reflect on what we’re doing as a community to create a more diverse and inclusive environment. Here at Schulich, I’m pleased to announce that our School will host the fourth annual Schulich Business Excellence Academy (SBEA) this summer thanks to a generous donation from Scotiabank, the lead sponsor. The business education and mentorship program for Black and under-represented Ontario high school students has graduated over 150 students since its start. The program is designed to help students gain business knowledge, develop skills and prepare for post-secondary education opportunities.

    I’m also delighted to announce that the Canaccord Genuity Diversity Award of Excellence has been renewed. Established in 2021, the scholarship is designed to create economic opportunities in the Black community and will be awarded annually to two Black students at Schulich who demonstrate academic excellence and an interest in pursuing a career in capital markets or wealth management. The recipients must also demonstrate exemplary leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as strong experience in community building. In addition to receiving a scholarship valued at $10,000, award recipients will also have the option to be mentored by a Canaccord Genuity employee throughout the year and an opportunity to interview for a summer internship. Please join me in thanking Canaccord Genuity Corp., one of Canada’s leading financial services firms, for their commitment and support!

    I invite and encourage the entire Schulich community to join me this month in recognizing the enduring contributions of Black Canadians, who continue to enrich our community and our country. 

    Sincerely,
    Dean's Signature

    Detlev Zwick
    Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Digital Marketing Strategy
    Schulich School of Business

  • Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick
    Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick

Past Messages

  • A Message from Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick on Pride Month A Message from Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick on Pride Month

    Dear Members of the Schulich Community,

    Yesterday, York University officially launched Pride Month celebrations with the Pride 2023 Opening Ceremony here on campus – one of a series of events taking place at the university to mark Pride Month.

    I encourage you to visit the Pride website to find out more about the 2SLGBTQIA+ community at York and their many contributions and accomplishments. I also invite you to read this message to discover what we are doing to make our University a more inclusive community, as well as the many events taking place on our campus in connection with Pride Month.

    Sincerely,
    Dean's Signature

    Detlev Zwick
    Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Digital Marketing Strategy
    Schulich School of Business

    A Message from Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick on National Indigenous History Month A Message from Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick on National Indigenous History Month

    Dear Members of the Schulich Community,

    As communities and individuals across Canada recognize National Indigenous History Month this June, we are invited to honour the legacy of Canada’s Indigenous peoples and their contributions to our country and culture.

    I encourage you to read this message about the progress the university community is making in regard to reconciliation and decolonization, as well as to learn more about the many events taking place on our campus in connection with National Indigenous History Month that are intended to promote dialogue and create greater awareness.

    Sincerely,
    Dean's Signature

    Detlev Zwick
    Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Digital Marketing Strategy
    Schulich School of Business

    A Message from Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick on International Women's Day A Message from Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick on International Women's Day

    Dear Members of the Schulich Community,

    The Schulich community joins people around the world today in showing our support for this year’s International Women’s Day.

    The day of celebration provides an opportunity to acknowledge and applaud the many achievements that women have made while also renewing our commitment to bring about women’s equality. It’s also an occasion for all of us to recognize the invaluable role that women play at Schulich.

    Our School’s Women in Leadership (WIL) club is raising awareness through a number of events today, including a Social Media Challenge. The event is based on “Embrace Equity” – the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day – and involves challenges such as sharing stories about an inspiring woman in your life or listing your favourite women-run small businesses. The WIL club will also set up a table at Schulich today promoting International Women’s Day and encourages fellow students, faculty and staff to drop by and take part in various activities.

    International Women’s Day is also a time for us to redouble our efforts to promote gender equality and empower female students by providing the adequate resources and support needed to advance their educational goals. Earlier this year, the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA Program created “The Executive MBA Women Leadership and Impact Award”, which will be presented annually to five incoming female students enrolled in the number-one ranked Kellogg-Schulich EMBA program. The first recipients of the award, which is worth $10,000, will be announced in January 2024.

    As we celebrate International Women’s Day today, please join me in saluting the women who have contributed so much to our School’s success and to the strength and vitality of the Schulich community.

    Sincerely,
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    Detlev Zwick
    Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Digital Marketing Strategy
    Schulich School of Business

    A Message from Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick on Black History Month A Message from Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick on Black History Month

    Dear Members of the Schulich Community,

    Every February, communities and organizations around the country observe Black History Month. This annual event offers our School the opportunity to recognize and salute the many contributions that Black Canadians have made to our country and to the Schulich community.

    Here at Schulich, the Black Graduate Business Network is once again hosting a series of speaker events during Black History Month around the theme, “Celebrating Black Excellence”. I invite you to attend these virtual and in-person events, which are designed to inspire and engage.

    I also encourage you to read this important message from York University President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda Lenton and Sheila Cote-Meek, Vice President, Equity, People & Culture. The message includes an update on how York is addressing anti-Black racism and creating more inclusive and equitable spaces for Black community members.

    During the month ahead, please join me and the entire Schulich and York community in honouring the legacy of Black Canadians – a legacy that has strengthened and enriched our society.

    Sincerely,

    Dean's Signature

    Detlev Zwick
    Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Digital Marketing Strategy
    Schulich School of Business

    A Message from Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick on Events in Iran A Message from Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick on Events in Iran

    Dear Members of the Schulich Community,

    Our School stands with many Canadians and others around the world in condemning the ongoing acts of violence against women and student protestors in Iran. Many of these brutal attacks and arrests have occurred on university campuses.

    These incidents have been the source of a great deal of anxiety and distress for members of our community – particularly our students – who have ties to Iran. I want to let you know that we will do whatever we can to support you.

    You should also be aware that York University has a number of resources available to support our students, staff and faculty. I encourage you to read this important message from York University President Rhonda Lenton for more details about we can provide assistance and support.

    Sincerely,
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    Detlev Zwick
    Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Digital Marketing Strategy
    Schulich School of Business

    A Message from Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation A Message from Schulich Dean Detlev Zwick on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

    This coming Saturday, September 30, Canadians will observe the third annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day when we recognize the tragic legacy of the residential school system in Canada, which separated Indigenous children from their families and communities. It is also a day when we honour the dignity and strength of survivors, family members and communities affected by residential school policies that existed in Canada for more than a century.

    Our recognition of this day – as residents of Canada and as members of the Schulich community – is another important step in our ongoing journey toward greater awareness and meaningful reconciliation.

    As a result, we will observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Schulich in several ways. On Wednesday, September 27, we will hold a workshop and traditional Indigenous smudging ceremony in the McEwen building beginning at 11:30 am. A smudging ceremony uses smoke from burning sacred plants to cleanse negative thoughts and feelings and is an important part of Indigenous culture. We’ll also serve tea and bannock, a traditional Indigenous pan-fried bread, at the event.

    Kristin Murray, Schulich’s Executive-in-Residence on Indigenous Initiatives and a member of the Chapleau Cree First Nation, will lead the smudging ceremony and will discuss the meaning and significance of this Indigenous tradition.

    Fittingly, the ceremony will take place near the Busy Beaver sculpture in the courtyard. In Indigenous culture, the beaver is a symbol of perseverance, adaptability, resourcefulness and hard work – valuable attributes in both business and life.

    In addition to the smudging ceremony, we encourage all faculty, staff and students to wear an orange shirt throughout the week leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Orange Shirt Day was started by residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad and has since become a national grassroots movement to commemorate the residential school experience, honour survivors and remember those children who were never able to return home and reunite with their families.

    We’ve made arrangements for York University Bookstore to sell Official 2023 “Every Child Matters” orange T-Shirts on Tuesday, September 26 at the Schulich Trading Store on the first floor across from the Schulich Market Cafe. The shirts will be sold for $18 and all profits from the sale of our Orange Shirts will go to support the Orange Shirt Society. Orange shirts can also be purchased at the York University Bookstore in York Lanes every day of the week.

    I also encourage members of the Schulich community to learn more about activities taking place at York University, including film screenings and a ceremonial fire at Osgoode Hall Law School on Thursday, September 28.

    Our recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an important part of our efforts to make our community more inclusive and welcoming.

    I hope to see you at the smudging ceremony this Wednesday!

    Sincerely,
    Dean's Signature

    Detlev Zwick
    Dean & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Digital Marketing Strategy
    Schulich School of Business