U of S celebrating a century of commerce

SASKATOON – From humble beginnings as the first accounting school in Canada, the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) kicked off a year-long centennial celebration today.

Beginning with the Dean’s Speaker Series and followed by dozens of events planned across the country, faculty, staff, alumni and students will come together over the next year, celebrating important moments that helped shape the business school.

“As a proud alumnus and dean of the Edwards School of Business, I look forward to meeting other alumni and sharing our mutual successes with them,” said Keith Willoughby. “We are very proud of our students and alumni and know that we all benefit from the strong reputation built over one hundred years. Our centennial theme of citizenship will emphasize the many ways our grads make the world a better place.”

The Dean’s Speaker Series showcases inspiring alumni from around the world. Equipped with knowledge and practical experience, thousands of Edwards’ alumni continue to make an impact in their communities, becoming leaders in business, government and non-profit sectors.

“Charted Professional Accountants(CPA) of Saskatchewan is pleased to be the presenting sponsor for the Edwards School of Business centennial celebrations,” said Shelley Thiel, chief executive officer of CPA Saskatchewan. “We are extremely proud of our long history and partnership with the school, and have enjoyed working with them to increase awareness of the accounting profession and the CPA designation. 

“As an alumna of the Edwards School of Business, I know first-hand the opportunities that Edwards provides for students to establish a career path to be future leaders in our business community. CPA Saskatchewan is delighted to celebrate not only this milestone in educational excellence, but also the continued growth of our partnership in delivering a leading accounting education program.”

“U of S commerce students and alumni have always made a significant difference in business and economics but they are also good citizens as shown through their volunteerism, charitable works and service,” said Willoughby.

Building on its roots in accounting education, the school has grown to mentor generations of business professionals in such fields as accounting, finance, marketing, human resource management, labour relations, operations management and business strategy.

You can find more information about the Edwards School of Business centennial celebrations at www.edwards100.ca





For more information, contact:

Shawna Jardine
Alumni Relations Officer
Edwards School of Business



“As an alumnus of Edwards School of business, it was an honour to work with the college to create a campaign to celebrate their 100-year anniversary. My time at the U of S taught me to be a bold, strategic thinker. This thinking ultimately led me to create one of Western Canada’s top marketing agencies and this year we celebrate our 15th year in business. My business school education has allowed me to help organizations tell their story locally, nationally and globally. These organizations build strong nations. As I reflect on my time at the U of S and the last 15 years of business, I also think about the future. I hope our campaign inspires today’s youth to make a difference in the world, as I have. What do you imagine for yourself?  If not now, when?” Ryan Townend, CEO of William Joseph Communications.

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