Edwards Deans Circle Report 2019-2020

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Dean’s Remarks Welcome to the 2019-20 Dean’s Circle Annual Report! Friends, colleagues, and supporters. With the 6th annual report for the Edwards Dean’s Circle, many of you will find that your 5-year commitments are complete this year. This report shares with you an update on the incredible scholarships and experiences that you made possible once again. I hope that you will decide to stay together, as a group, to continue this success for another term with the Dean’s Circle. We continue to welcome new members every year, and your referrals play a critical part in keeping this group strong. Thank you! You are truly helping to advance the vision and mission of the Edwards School of Business. We nurture pervasive skills in our students while enabling them to have transformational experiences. Doing so will assist our graduates in their efforts to contribute to their communities as nation-building business professionals. Your contributions of time, talent, and philanthropy to the Dean’s Circle provide a compelling platform for our school to recruit the best and brightest of student talent. Your gifts reward academic success. Your donations spur educational outcomes. You have read the impacts of our good work over the years, and this year is no exception. Regardless of when you came on board, your support continues to provide outstanding opportunities for our students and academic programs. Actual anecdotes from current students are featured in this report – enjoy!


Of course, the pall of a pandemic casts a heavy cloud across the globe. However — and here’s the really important part — the Edwards School of Business community has superbly risen to the challenges. We have adapted to the new environment. We have pivoted to remote delivery of our curriculum. We continue to engage with our students in new and exciting ways. And we maintain our Saskatchewan values of hard work, authenticity, and perseverance. I am honoured to be considered your friend and fellow Dean’s Circle member! “Nikanitan Manacihitowinihk” (“let us lead with respect”).

Keith A. Willoughby, Ph.D. Dean and Dean’s Circle Member

Donors $50,000


Merlis Belsher Wayne Brownlee Murray Edwards James Estey Tim Gitzel John Gordon Ron & Jane Graham Gord & Maureen Haddock Bob Hamm Aaron Loraas Scott & Grit McCreath Larry Moeller Gordon Rawlinson Tracy Robinson Karen Stewart & Daniel Themig

Daphne Amason & Leo Bourassa W. John Brennan Shelley Brown Tim Conlin Robert Connoly Joy Crawford Glenn Dagenais Dwayne Dahl Gordon den Brok Matthew Ditlove Clay Dowling Don Engle Ronald Fior Steve Flynn Sandra Foster Don Fox Craig & Judi Francis Barry & Gisele Frank Rod Gerla Kristen Hamm Stewart Hanlon Zane Hansen Betty-Ann Heggie Christopher Hengen-Braun Gordon & Shirley Hunter Art & Deb Korpach Michael Lamborn Wally Mah Louis Marcil Russel Marcoux Martin Margolis George Marlatte Tom McClocklin

$25,000 Mansel Binkley Neil Evans Jerry Grandey Mike Greenberg Brent & Debra Hesje Grant & Shannon Isaac Grant Kook Barry Munro Lynne Pearson John Storey Daphne Taras Gord & Donna Thompson Joe Vidal Brett Wilson Lorne Wright

Bryan McCrea Margaret McKenzie Matt McMillan & Krystle Sawatsky Neil McMillan Randy Meidl Larry Mumford Jack Neumann Annette Pilipiak Tom Pinder Allen Ponak Cathy & Jerry Richardson Donald Robb Michael Rushby James Salamon Jill Salamon Irene Seiferling Claudia Senkiw Greg Smith James Sproule Gord Stewart Lee Swanson Colin Taylor Shelley Thiel Gregory Trotter Wayne Ulrich June Verhelst Daymond Volk Cathy Warner Basil & Cheryl Waslen Cliff Wiegers Colton Wiegers Keith Willoughby Greg Yuel

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Student Impact “Not-for-profit has always been a sector that I did not understand. After going to the ANPA case competition, I have a new appreciation for NFP’s and what they do. I was able to meet like-minded students from across the country and make some strong connections.” Brayden Caron Received funding to attend the Alberta Not-for-Profit Case Competition

“I learned more about my AIESEC VP role while expanding my network. I also got the chance to welcome speakers from RBC and Smith School of business, who gave priceless speeches about business, personal branding, critical thinking skills, and the RBC Future Launch program.” Chad Nguyen Received funding to attend the AIESEC National Strategic Direction Conference (NSDC - Winnipeg)


“Without this funding, attending conferences like this would be unattainable due to the financial requirement which is out of reach for many business students like myself. I am incredibly grateful as it has been pivotal to making my time at the Edwards School of Business memorable and the best learning experience it could be.” Kaitlyn Robin Received funding to attend the John Molson Sports Marketing Conference in Montreal

“Dean’s Circle funding provided me with opportunities to extend my learning beyond the classroom, meet like-minded individuals from different parts of the world, and step outside of my comfort zone. The conference speakers strengthened my belief in not only the importance of education but also participating in co-curricular activities.” Ryssa Alarcon Received funding to attend the John Molson Sports Marketing Conference in Montreal

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Financials Actual




Student Awards, Prizes & Bursaries

$ 74,000

$ 148, 167

Student Experiential Learning & Professional Development

$ 47,284

$ 18,737

Edwards Network

$ 14,440

$ 5,053

Competition Support

$ 18,653

$ 8,498

Rapid Response Fund

$ -

$ -

$ 154,377

$ 180,454


Approved Spending for 2020-2021 Student Awards, Prizes & Bursaries

$ 149,000

Student Experiential Learning & Professional Development

$ 35,000

Edwards Network

$ 15,000

Competition Support

$ 11,500

New Initiatives

$ 35,600

Rapid Response Fund

$ 40,000

Total 2020-2021 expenditures

$ 286,100

Thank you to Shelley and Scott We would like to recognize Shelley Brown and Scott McCreath for continuing to serve on the Dean’s Circle Approval Committee.


Shelley Brown

R. Scott McCreath

Partner (Retired), Deloitte LLP

Senior Investment Advisor, BMO Nesbitt Burns Edwards Executive in Residence

Dean’s Circle Funding The Dean’s Circle funds many important awards and programs that enhance the student experience on many different levels. You made the following experiences possible:

“With help from extremely generous donors, I was able to focus less on financial problems and more on my studies and enjoying university. The scholarships helped take financial stress off my parents and I. It gave me a sense of pride and accomplishment when I was awarded two Dean’s Circle awards last year. I felt like all my hard work was being recognized and it gave me an extra push to continue striving for success.” Abby Sittler

“Being the recipient of two Edwards Dean’s Circle of Honour Scholarships has been an absolute privilege. It allowed me to focus on my academics without having to worry about the financial burden of university. I am so honoured to have been selected to win not one, but two circle of honour scholarships, it has made me feel so proud to be an Edwards student!” Kailee Popowich


undergraduate students received scholarship support


students attended conferences, events and competitions


students received support for MPAcc

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Dear Dean’s Circle members, The financial support that you have offered me has allowed me to gain so much from my time at the Edwards School of Business. I am excited to be returning to school after having spent eight months completing my co-op work placement with an international accounting firm. After a workplace accident during my co-op term, I am now entering my tenth month of rehabilitation. The scholarships I have received have helped me reallocate time from my three part-time jobs back towards being a full-time student and towards my recovery. Your financial aid also allows me the time to continue my involvement with Enactus-University of Saskatchewan as their new Vice-President of Corporate Relations. The support that you have given me through these scholarships helps me to focus the important things like my education and health.” Rebecca Keindel (no photo available)

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