Introducing the Schulich Business Excellence Academy

After last year’s great success, we are pleased to announce Schulich Business Excellence Academy (SBEA) program for the year 2023

The Schulich Business Excellence Academy is a summer business education and mentorship program supporting Grade 10 or 11 high school students across Ontario. The program targets all students from under-represented, equity-deserving groups, especially those living in the Jane-Finch community. The program provides high school students in need with resources to become tomorrow’s leaders. The SBEA will commence on July 10th, 2023 and will be delivered by prominent guest speakers from the community as well as the Schulich Faculty. The sessions will be held virtually and will consist of a series of lectures and group-based activities. At the end of the program, an in-person dinner event will be organized at the Schulich Campus for the participants of the program.

Groups of approximately five high school participants and one Schulich undergraduate student mentor will be introduced at the start of the program. A small group setting is a great way to connect with people while building useful interpersonal and business skills. The goal of the program is to help participants build soft skills, gain business knowledge, and become competitive applicants for post-secondary education opportunities. By the end of it all, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at an in-person closing ceremony dinner. Be sure to sign up soon as spaces are limited.

Program Outline

Sessions will be conducted every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6-8pm and beginning July 10th and will conclude on August 3rd, 2023. Sessions will include prominent guest speakers, Schulich faculty and interactive activities led by Schulich leaders. The final session involves a case competition which enables students to exercise the skills they have learned working in their groups with their student leaders. The program will also have an in-person closing ceremony after the last session.

The Modules

✓ Self-Discovery – How I Met Myself

✓ Ethics – Great Leaders Follow

✓ Problem Solving – To All the Problems I Didn’t Solve Before

✓ Marketing – Think Like a Marketer

✓ Technology – Be Your Own CTO

✓ Finance – Master the Money Game

✓ Entrepreneurship – Be Your Own Boss

✓ Communication and Presentation Skills – Talkin’ the Talk

✓ Networking – Network Your Way to Success

✓ Applying to University – Into the Uni-Verse

✓ Case Competition and Closing Ceremonies – A Leader is Born!


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In Progress

Applications are closed for 2023 as the Schulich Business Excellence Academy program is in progress.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the Schulich Business Excellence Academy (SBEA) at


  • 98.4% Strongly agreed or agreed that the program made them more aware of opportunities and career paths

  • 96.8% Said their interests increased or stayed the same during the program

  • 100% Would recommend the program to a friend

Benefits for Schulich Undergraduate Leaders

Benefits for Students

  • Chance to give back to the Schulich community and society
  • Gain community involvement, work, and leadership experience for personal and career development
  • A networking opportunity with future leaders in the Black and Indigenous communities
  • $500 grant
  • Exposure to the many streams of business to see where your interests lie
  • Learn of future career opportunities within business fields
  • Become a more successful university applicant
  • Interactive activities every class
  • Gain soft skills, business knowledge, and network with Schulich students
  • Build connections with business professionals and have your questions answered
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion
  • Program is free for all participants

“The Schulich Business Excellence Academy is designed to help address the under-representation of Black and Indigenous students and other equity-deserving groups in Ontario’s business schools and universities. The program gives students a better understanding of the many academic pathways and career opportunities available to them following high school graduation, while also allowing them to build connections with business professionals and student mentors.”

Dean Detlev Zwick
Schulich School of Business