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Foreward / Time Capsule

Chapter I: The Initial Years of the School
(1916–1929)

  • In 1917, there were no students in Accountancy due to WWI.
  • In 1918, the University closed because of the Spanish flu epidemic.
  • Donald Allan, Max Palmer, and Robert Page graduated in 1923.
Chapter II: The Depression and World War II
(1929–1945)


Francis Winspear
  • Francis Winspear was appointed the first Director of the School of Commerce in 1954.
  • He received the School’s first Canadian Business Leader Award in 1982.
  • The Winspear Business Reference Library opened in 1984.
  • The Francis and Harriet Winspear Business Students’ Centre opened in September 1998.
Adding Up
  • The first external Advisory Committee was established in 1932.
  • Links with the Institute of Chartered Accountants formed in 1935.
  • Student fees increased by $10 to $145 with the beginning of WWII in 1939.
Chapter III: New Directions
(1945–1960)


Weathering the Storm
  • Registration - 1945: 36 civilians and 64 veterans; 1947: 54 civilians and 232 veterans.
  • In 1957, disputes over programming changes led to the resignation of Director Ben Lindberg and other staff members.
  • In 1959, a proposal was prepared to move the School of Commerce to Calgary.
Branching Out
  • The Banff School of Advanced Management was established in 1952.
  • Extensive study of other schools led to broadening of the Accounting focus.
  • Hu Harries was appointed as Director of the School of Commerce in 1959.
Chapter IV: The Turning Point
(1960–1975)


Hu Harries
  • Faculty status was granted in 1960.
  • The MBA program began in 1964.
  • AACSB accreditation was first achieved in 1968.
New Heights
  • Faculty of Commerce was renamed to Faculty of Business Administration and Commerce in 1965.
  • International development assistance began with University of Nairobi in Kenya in 1971.
  • Registration - 1960: 32 males and 2 females; 1975: 284 males and 34 females.
Chapter V: Growth and Change
(1975–1990)


A Solid Foundation
  • Faculty of Business Administration and Commerce was renamed Faculty of Business in 1982.
  • The PhD program was established in 1983.
  • The Faculty of Business Building opened on November 26, 1984.
Community Connections
  • Inaugural Canadian Business Leader Award presented in 1982.
  • Business Alumni Association was formed in 1988.
  • Business Co-operative Education program started in 1992.
  • Executive Education program established in 1998.

Chapter VI: Expanding Horizons
(1990–2008)


Innovative Thinking
  • National leader in technology assisted teaching, research, and learning.
  • More 3M teaching awards than any business school in Canada.
  • Thirteen Centres of applied Business research.
Global Impact
  • International specializations, study tours, and exchange opportunities for students.
  • Financial Times of London 2006 research ranking: top 25 globally under Dean Mike Percy.
  • Longest continually accredited Business school in Canada.


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"My own impression is that we should look forward in the not distant future to some organization corresponding to a School of Commerce of which this might very well form a part. Commercial Departments in connection with Universities have so far not been successful in Canada, although I believe that after some years now the one at McGill is making some progress."

- Dr Tory, First President of the UofA
16 January 1919