Schulich’s Top 10 News Stories in 2021
Detlev Zwick Appointed New Dean of Schulich
Detlev Zwick was appointed as the new Dean of the Schulich School of Business by York University’s Board of Governors on October 12 following an extensive national and international search. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Zwick served for more than a year as Schulich’s Interim Dean. Under his leadership the School launched several key initiatives focused on delivering a world-class student experience, intensifying research productivity and knowledge mobilization, addressing systemic barriers for Black and Indigenous students, and financially supporting a record number of students.
Schulich Launches the Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership
Schulich officially launched the Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership in September. The Centre was made possible by a generous $5 million donation from the Krembil Foundation and Schulich graduate Robert Krembil (MBA ’71, Hon LLD ’00), a name synonymous with health care research and philanthropy in Canada. The Centre will become a leading global hub of industry outreach, education and research at Schulich with a mandate to help develop the next generation of future health care leaders.
Schulich Announces George Weston Ltd Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains
Schulich announced the establishment of the George Weston Ltd Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains in October. The new Centre, made possible by significant support from George Weston Ltd, will become a global leader in management education and research related to supply chain management. Building on Schulich’s unique Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM) program and George Weston Ltd’s world-class expertise in sustainable supply chains, the Centre will play a fundamental role in creating the strong and sustainable supply chains increasingly needed in a post-pandemic world.
Schulich Creates TOGETHER 2021 Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
Schulich partnered with Startup India to host TOGETHER 2021, a virtual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp and Venture Competition that took place in early January. The competition featured over 100 student entrepreneurs in India, 150 graduate students from Schulich, and 25 students from the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University who were mentored by 100 leading business thinkers from India and Canada. Student entrants were challenged to come up with innovative solutions that improve people’s lives while addressing areas of national and global importance.
Team Schulich Wins the 2021 MBA Games
Team Schulich took 1st place at the 33rd annual MBA Games. Considered the largest MBA competition in Canada, the two-day event featured more than 600 students from MBA programs across the country competing for the coveted Queen’s Cup in a variety of challenges. In addition to placing first overall, Schulich also finished first in the Academics and Athletics categories. This year’s victory marked the second time in the last four years that Schulich has won the Queen’s Cup, continuing a long tradition of excellence at this national competition – one that has seen Schulich consistently place among the top 3 schools in the country a remarkable 18 times over the past 19 years.
Schulich Establishes New Diversity Scholarships
Schulich established a number of new diversity scholarships during the past year, including the Gary Whitelaw Strength in Diversity Award, made possible through a donation from BentallGreenOak (BGO). The new scholarship enables pathways for Black, Indigenous and female students to study and pursue a career in the commercial real estate industry and commits $250,000 over ten years in addition to the consideration for a paid, 12-month internship at BGO following graduation. Canaccord Genuity Corp. donated funds to establish the Canaccord Genuity Diversity Award of Excellence, an academic scholarship to benefit Black students at Schulich who demonstrate both academic excellence, and an interest in pursuing a career in the capital markets and/or wealth management segments of the financial services industry.
Team Schulich Wins Yale Graduate Student Consulting Case Competition
A team of Schulich MBAs placed 1st at the Yale Graduate Case Competition. The intense competition, hosted by the Yale Graduate Student Consulting Club and now in its 10th year, featured 20 participating teams, including teams from Yale, Harvard and Berkeley, as well as one team comprised entirely of PhD students. This year’s case involved proposing solutions for the State of California, which is facing an exodus of residents and businesses to other US states. The championship Schulich team proposed a comprehensive solution that included innovative ways to create affordable housing, efficient transit and favourable work-from-home environments.
Schulich Creates Business Excellence Academy
A group of Schulich undergraduate students spearheaded the launch of the Schulich Business Excellence Academy, a business education and mentorship program for Black and Indigenous Ontario high school students considering a business degree. Approximately 60 students from across the province enrolled in the one-month program during the summer and explored business topics such as marketing, AI and entrepreneurship while being mentored by Schulich students. Students also heard from guest speakers and participated in a case competition.
New Schulich Building Achieves Gold Standard in Sustainable Design
Schulich’s Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building received LEED Gold certification – one of the highest standards of sustainability for a building. The Canada Green Building Council issued the Gold certification, a third-party validation that Schulich’s new building has been designed to meet several sustainability criteria, including water efficiency, the reduction of CO2 emissions, and indoor environmental quality. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the global building industry’s premier benchmark for sustainable design.
Schulich’s MBA Program Ranked Among World’s Best
Schulich’s MBA program performed well in a wide range of global rankings published during the year. Schulich placed 1st in Canada and 21st in the world in the Economist MBA ranking, and 1st in Canada and 17th in the world in the CNN Expansion “Best Global MBAs” ranking. Schulich’s MBA program was ranked 4th in the world and # 1 in Canada in Responsible Business, according to the results of an annual global survey conducted by Corporate Knights. Schulich was also rated one of the world’s most popular MBA programs in a new global ranking conducted by MBA.com. The ranking measured the popularity of the world’s top MBA programs based on the number of GMAT scores sent by candidates to MBA programs around the world. Schulich ranked 28th in the world, while Harvard, Stanford and Wharton topped the ranking list.