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EDWARDS DEAN’S CIRCLE

2014-2015 ANNUAL REPORT


EDWARDS DEAN’S CIRCLE

Dean’s Remarks Thank you for your interest in the quality of education at the Edwards School of Business. In my role as dean of the Edwards School of Business, I have had the pleasure of meeting thousands – quite literally, thousands – of alumni. As dean, I meet distinguished business, academic, community, and political leaders. All of us are bombarded with requests for support. The Dean’s Circle is different. It is asking us to think about our experiences as students, and our interactions with recent graduates. We ask you to look around and notice the impact our graduates are making, whether as new employees, seasoned mentors, senior executives, corporate leaders, or members of boards. Dean’s Circle is a chance to pay it forward to the next generation. In 1841, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “In the order of nature we cannot render benefits to those from whom we receive them, or only seldom. But the benefit we receive must be rendered again, line for line, deed for deed, cent for cent, to somebody.” To join Dean’s Circle, you must think about paying forward your good fortune. Dean’s Circle invests heavily in the student experience at the Edwards School. It provides for initiatives that are not available from operating funds. Education can be transformative; we learn skills, ways of thinking, better communication, and we even often meet our spouses and friends while taking courses or having fun after courses end for the day. Business schools are intensely competitive with each other, and we cannot stand still. We must be willing to change, and willing to lead change. But the university can be a tremendously bureaucratic place, and Dean’s Circle makes provisions for fast action – we have set aside a percentage of


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our funds for rapid response opportunities. If there is a brilliant student from abroad who needs a scholarship to come to our School, we are ready to move immediately. If we need architectural drawings of a redesigned Reading Room to show a donor what might be possible to achieve, the Dean’s Circle fund is there. We are recruiting top students across Saskatchewan, but sometimes there is a gap in scholarships available for students whose averages are between 78% and 85%. These students can be exceptional in their communities and Dean’s Circle will provide the funding to attract these excellent students. Dean’s Circle lets us be fleet-footed. And the students at the Edwards School are worth the investment. They are hard-working, ethical, and loyal. I created a small fund a few years ago called The Next Big Thing that would give students microloans of $7,000 to $10,000 if they had good proposals for student clubs, competitions, and events. There has never been a single default. That is the Saskatchewan advantage. Integrity. We have many students involved in co-operative education placements, and 100% of them are employed upon graduation. The more I know these students, the more confident I am that there is a special ingredient that makes them good people. That’s why I started Dean’s Circle, and that’s why I joined Dean’s Circle myself. I hope you enjoy reading our first report. Two Dean’s Circle members sit on our expenditure approvals committee. Thank you to Shelley Brown and Scott McCreath for their careful scrutiny of our uses of funds. We always will account for every penny we raise, in an open and transparent manner. While we are funding Dean’s Circle, we are also creating our own network in which we can continue to meet with each other, have fun, and stay connected to the Edwards School. Dean’s Circle members are paying it forward and the Edwards School is grateful for the support.

DAPHNETARAS DEAN’S CIRCLE MEMBER Dean, Edwards School of Businesss


EDWARDS DEAN’S CIRCLE

Support of the Student Experience Includes initiatives such as the Edwards app, financial aid for students attending international workshops, and inter-university relationship-building seminars.

Student Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries The Dean’s Circle Fund supports 34 student awards and scholarships to recruit and retain students.

Rapid Response Fund Used to kick start and leverage support for initiatives that are time sensitive, impact the student experience and fall outside of the regular operating budget. This year the architectural and design plans were used to leverage a $1.1M renovation project to the Reading Room and MBA classroom.

Centennial We will be celebrating our centennial in throughout 2016-2017, which will include student events and a motivational speaker.

Alumni Initiatives The Edwards Network has launched and is reconnecting alumni with each other and the business school.


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WHERE SUCCESS COMES FULL CIRCLE.

$261,325

DEAN’S CIRCLE FUNDS ALLOCATED FOR 2015-2016

$92,500

$52,000

$63,408

$40,000

$13,416 $13,417

SUPPORT OF THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE

STUDENT AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES

RAPID RESPONSE FUND

CENTENNIAL

ALUMNI INITIATIVES


EDWARDS DEAN’S CIRCLE

MURRAYEDWARDS DEANS CIRCLE MEMBER Edwards School of Business Namesake President and Owner, Edco Financial Holdings Ltd.

“The lessons I learned at the Edwards School of Business (then the College of Commerce) are cornerstones of my business success. I’m especially proud to see the lessons and values still being taught today. They have helped me make substantial investments in our economy. It’s a privilege and an honour to give back to the place that has had such an impact on my business career.”

“It’s important for the business community to hear directly from the dean of the school on initiatives to improve the school and students learning. The objective to be recognized internationally demonstrates leadership that is compelling. Besides my personal gratitude to the school for educating three children, it is necessary to hear of and support initiatives that enhance business learning outside of the classroom. Being a member allows one the opportunity to share ideas and bridge the gap between academic theory and current business practices with the goal of relevant learning.” - Basil Waslen Co-Owner, Pillar Properties DEAN’S CIRCLE MEMBER

“The Introduction to Business class helped me solidify my choice in pursuing a degree in business. The scholarship money took a big load off my tuition and allowed me to happily and proudly attend Edwards School of Business to pursue my dreams.“ - Tyler Wagner “Edwards School of Business had always been my first choice. As a recipient of this award my future goals are much more attainable due to the reduced expenses related to my education.” - Jayden Akerlund

“I feel strongly that the more integration there can be between the business community and the University the more everyone wins and benefits. The Dean’s Circle is a great vehicle to engage all facets of the business community and also a great networking opportunity for those that commit to it. ” - Russel Marcoux, President and CEO, Yanke Group of Companies DEAN’S CIRCLE MEMBER

“I would say that receiving this award allowed me to confidently choose Edwards School of Business for my post-secondary education as well as waive some of my university expenses.“ - Brianne Daviduik “I am very proud to say that I received a scholarship for this class. It was important in the process of picking where to go for my post-secondary education. It was a great class and I was rewarded with a university credit and a great scholarship award.“ - Caelan McIntyre


ANNUAL REPORT 2014-2015

THE EDWARDS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS STUDENTS 87%

B.COMM. 9%

1,940 STUDENTS

MPACC 4%

MBA 13

172 72

MSC MBA

1% 1,693

MPACC

MSC

B.COMM.

EMPLOYMENT

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES, AND AWARDS

$1,008,309 FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

$264,626 FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS


EDWARDS DEAN’S CIRCLE

Student Events and Programs JDC WEST JDC West is the most prominent and fastest growing competition for business students in Western Canada. The competition boasts a synergy of academic, sporting, social and stewardship events that develop exceptional skill sets and character. While tailoring the competition to meet the needs of Western business students, JDC West continues the legacy of academic integrity and competitive excellence that Jeux de Commerce began with in Quebec, more than 25 years ago. JDC West will provide an opportunity for students to explore many different aspects, disciplines and culture of business through their mentors, coaches, industry professionals and peers. The goal is that each delegate leaves JDC West rich with knowledge, skills, community attitudes and relationships that will last a lifetime. Furthermore, participants of JDC West will have the tools, connections and most importantly the increased confidence in themselves, and their limitless potential, to propel their careers and professional lives into motion. This year, JDC West will be hosted on January 15-17, 2016 at the Edwards School of Business.


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WORLD MINING COMPETITION Mining is a major reason why the beautiful province of Saskatchewan is able to flourish in any economic condition. The World Mining Competition was created to encourage students to participate in the mining sector, illuminate various career options in the industry, and introduce practical multidisciplinary teamwork skills. The competition gives student delegates a great opportunity to learn about the strategic challenges of the mining industry in a fun and interesting way. This year, the World Mining Competition will be hosted in Saskatoon on October 29 - November 1, 2015.

STUDENT MANAGED PORTFOLIO TRUST At the Edwards School of Business, students learn to manage other people’s money long before landing their first job. The Student Managed Portfolio Trust uses real money giving students real-life exposure to the discipline of trading stocks and bonds for clients. Students are rewarded for long term thinking, rather than short-term gains & losses, and learn to prudently manage other people’s money. On October 28, 2015, we will be relaunching this program to celebrate the trust achieving $1 million in donor support and thank the students for their spectacular performance.

WILSON CENTRE The Wilson Centre’s vision is to be a leading educator in ideation and to create a culture of innovative thinkers. The Centre offers handson, experiential learning programs to get participants generating, building, and testing innovative business ideas using the principles of human-centered design. The Wilson Centre programs are designed to help students learn a new process for creating and developing viable business ideas by identifying with the end user and focusing on where problems and opportunities truly exist.

HANLON CENTRE The Hanlon Centre for International Business Studies prepares our students for an increasingly globalized business world. The centre consists of academics, business liaisons, and students mandated to increase the international student business experience. The Hanlon Centre makes our students more sophisticated and globallly aware. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER OR HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING THESE PROGRAMS OR EVENTS, PLEASE CONTACT US AT (306) 966-7471.


EDWARDS DEAN’S CIRCLE

The Comm 119 Course

4TH YEAR EDWARDS STUDENTS WILL MENTOR STUDENTS

ENTIRE CLASS

UPPER YEAR STUDENTS WILL ALSO GIVE PRESENTATIONS TO CLASS ABOUT EACH MAJOR

SECTION 1 TOP FIVE GROUPS

SECTION 3 TOP FIVE GROUPS

FIVE PRESENTATIONS

FIVE PRESENTATIONS

JUDGING

JUDGING

1/2 POINTS

1/2 POINTS

1/2 POINTS

1/2 POINTS

DEAN’S CIRCLE MEMBERS

EDWARD STUDENTS

DEAN’S CIRCLE MEMBERS

EDWARD STUDENTS

WINNING GROUP

WINNING GROUP

$1000 REWARD

$1000 REWARD


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STUDENTS WILL MENTOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

What is Comm 119? A mandatory first year course preparing students for a case presentation competition at the end of Term 1.

SECTION 5 TOP THREE GROUPS

THREE PRESENTATIONS

Mentorship plays a key role, primarily from experienced fourth year students who help the teams throughout the term. The class time on October 2, 2015 is spent mentoring visiting high school students during the Open House at the U of S. The course integrates learning basic computer skills and case research. Each section votes on the presentations. Based on enrolment, sections 1 & 3 will have five team finalists, and section 5 will have three teams. Finalists present to their class and a panel of Dean’s Circle judges on December 4, 2015. The winning team of each section will be awarded $1,000. Teams are eligible to win an award if their presentation is free of irritating “filler” words such as um, like, uh, and you know.

JUDGING

1/2 POINTS

1/2 POINTS

DEAN’S CIRCLE MEMBERS

EDWARD STUDENTS

WINNING GROUP

$1000 REWARD

EXTRA MONETARY AWARDS FOR STUDENT PRESENTATIONS WITHOUT FILLER WORDS

um...


EDWARDS DEAN’S CIRCLE

Dean’s Circle Membership

18 8 34

VISIONARY PATRON BUILDER

60 total members at September 30, 2015

MAY 1, 2013 TO APR 30, 2014

MAY 1, 2014 TO APR 30, 2015

12

36

AT SEPT 30, 2015

60

MEMBERS

MEMBERS

MEMBERS

TOTAL

TOTAL

TOTAL

$117, 450

$143,875

$220,172.24


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138

NOMINATIONS RECEIVED

34 35

ACCEPTED

64 63

IN PROGRESS

Goal: 100 members by 2016 37 new members since Feb 2015 35 new members via nomination 11members with no previous history of giving to the U of S

$481,497

TOTAL SUPPORT RECEIVED FOR THE DEAN’S CIRCLE FUND TO DATE (SEPT 30, 2015)

$1.15 million TOTAL DEAN’S CIRCLE FIVE-YEAR PLEDGE COMMITMENTS TO DATE

(SEPT 30, 2015)


EDWARDS DEAN’S CIRCLE

Past Events

August 18, 2014 Kick off event for Dean’s Circle at the Bessborough featuring Mike Babcock.

March 12, 2015 The 8th Annual Gordon & Maureen Haddock Entrepreneurial Speaker Series featuring Brent Loucks and Penney Murphy with a Dean’s Circle social event afterwards.

March 18, 2015 The 2015 Leadership Conference included keynotes Naheed Nenshi, Emechete Onuoha, and Jim Hopson. The conference also featured our Grandey Leadership Honouree, Dallas Howe at the Spring Forward! luncheon and a President’s Panel moderated by Daphne Taras with panelists Stewart Hanlon, Lillas Hatala, and Dallas Howe.

March 30, 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Shribman speaks on American Politics.


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April 14, 2015 Dean’s Circle Afternoon Tea with Daphne Taras at the Palliser hotel in Calagary

August 24, 2015 Garden Party at Dean Daphne Taras residence: celebrating 50 members.

Upcoming Events October 16, 2015 Huskies vs. Dinos Blackout Game with Dean’s Circle Social

October 29 - November 1, 2015 World Mining Competition hosted in Saskatoon

December 4, 2015 First Year Business Competencies Course Competition

January 15 - 17, 2016 JDC West Competition hosted in Saskatoon

March 16, 2016 Leadership Conference

DATE TBA Calgary event for Dean’s Circle members


SASKATOON 38 Members CALGARY 15 Members EDMONTON 2 Members TORONTO 2 Members PRINCE ALBERT 1 Member REGINA 1 Member KELOWNA 1 Member

MURRAY EDWARDS SHELLEY BROWN WAYNE BROWNLEE DAVID DUBÉ JAMES ESTEY GRANT ISAAC GEORGE MARLATTE SCOTT MCCREATH GRIT MCCREATH LARRY MOELLER GORDON RAWLINSON KAREN STEWART TRACY ROBINSON GREG YUEL TIM GITZEL RUSSEL MARCOUX JERRY GRANDEY DAPHNE TARAS BETTY-ANN HEGGIE MATT MCMILLAN ZEBA AHMAD JOHN GORDON GORD HADDOCK MAUREEN HADDOCK CLIFF WIEGERS GORD THOMPSON IRENE SEIFERLING BASIL WASLEN MATT DITLOVE DAYMOND VOLK

CAM BIRD ANNETTE PILIPIAK JAMES SPROULE LARRY MUMFORD JACK NEUMANN BARRY MUNRO CRAIG FRANCIS MARGARET MCKENZIE ZANE HANSEN CLAY DOWLING AARON LORAAS ROB CONNOLY BRYAN MCCREA BOB HAMM WALLY MAH SHERWOOD SHARFE KRISTEN HAMM DREW BYERS TOM PINDER JOHN HYSHKA GORD STEWART LEE SWANSON RAE OLEKSYN GREG TROTTER JOE VIDAL BARRY FRANK MANSE BINKLEY JOHN STOREY ART KORPACH NEIL EVANS

CONTACT US EDWARDS DEVELOPMENT TEAM EDWARDS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 25 CAMPUS DRIVE SASKATOOON, SK

(306) 966-7471 (306) 966-5437 OLEKSYN@EDWARDS.USASK.CA EDWARDS.USASK.CA

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