Introducing the Schulich Business Excellence Academy

The Schulich Business Excellence Academy is a business education and mentorship program supporting 60 Black and Indigenous Ontario high school students. The sessions will be virtual and consist of a combination of guest speaker lectures, activities, and material overview. This initiative will launch in the Summer 2021 term and will run Monday to Thursday evenings for four weeks in July during after-work hours.

Groups of around five high school participants and one Schulich undergraduate student mentor will be introduced at the start of the program. The smaller group setting is a great way to connect with people while building useful interpersonal and business skills. By the end of it all, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion at a closing ceremony attended by the Dean. Be sure to sign up soon as spaces are limited.

Program Outline

The program will run for two hours a day in the evening, four days a week (Monday to Thursday) for the month of July, and sessions will be a combination of guest speaker discussions, followed by interactive activities led by leading undergraduate Schulich students. The final session will allow students to exercise the skills they have learned. Working in their groups with guidance from their leaders, students will take part in a case competition followed by a closing ceremony attended by the Dean of Schulich!

The Modules

✓ Self-Discovery – How I Met Myself

✓ Ethics – The Humanity Games

✓ Entrepreneurship – Operation Be Your Own Boss

✓ Marketing – Think Like a Marketer

✓ Microsoft Programs and Statistics – Excel with Excel

✓ Finance – Finance & Furious

✓ Accounting – The Accounting Academy

✓ Networking – Network Your Way to Success

✓ Applying to University – Into the Uni-Verse

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

✓ Communication and Presentation Skills – Talk the Talk

✓ Case Competition and Closing Ceremonies – A Leader is Born


Applications are now closed.


  • 60 Black and Indigenous Ontario high school students

  • 12 Modules to prepare you for your final case competition

  • 4 Days a week (Monday to Thursday), two hours a day in the evening, for the month of July

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 School of Business is very excited about the launch of the Schulich Business Excellence Academy, which will host Black and Indigenous Ontario high school students interested in pursuing a business education. What I love about the Business Excellence Academy is that it is a student-led initiative and supported by our faculty and staff, all working together toward the shared goal of greater Black and Indigenous representation at our School.”

Interim Dean Detlev Zwick
Schulich School of Business