EMBA History Timeline - Highlights

1965

Simon Fraser University is founded

Simon Fraser University is founded

On September 9, 1965, 2,500 students begin the first semester at Simon Fraser University, just 18 months after construction began on the Burnaby Mountain campus. Gordon M. Shrum is the first Chancellor.

1968

SFU establishes Canada’s first Executive MBA program

Just three years after SFU opens its doors, the first EMBA program in Canada is established, reflecting the university’s professional core and setting it apart from typical Canadian universities. Designed for working managers, professionals and emerging business leaders, the EMBA program establishes a reputation for providing graduates with the confidence and ability to drive a business strategically at senior management levels using the most current and innovative management practices.

1982

Faculty of Business Administration created

The business discipline at SFU grows to sufficient size to become its own distinct faculty, creating the Faculty of Business Administration, and the Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

1989

EMBA program moves to SFU's new Vancouver campus

With its move from SFU’s Burnaby campus to the Harbour Centre campus, the EMBA joins other SFU programs at British Columbia’s first-ever urban university campus. The new proximity to the heart of Vancouver’s financial district enables the program to forge even stronger connections and partnerships with the business community.

2002

First EMBA Alumni Professorship created

The Dennis F. Culver EMBA Alumni Professorship is created, named for a graduate of the first EMBA class. It honours Culvert’s successful career in finance and his many contributions to SFU, including helping to fund the EMBA alumni endowment fund that establishes the EMBA Professorship, which promotes excellence in research and teaching. The alumni chair is currently held by Dr. Leyland Pitt.

2006

EMBA moves to Segal Graduate School Building

The new home to graduate business programs of the SFU Beedie School of Business, the Segal Graduate School building, is a gift from Joe Segal, one of Canada’s leading philanthropists and a Chancellor Emeritus of SFU. The former Bank of Montreal heritage building is elegantly renovated to preserve many of its historic architectural details. Today, it houses 10 graduate programs, including MBAs, EMBAs, diplomas, and a PhD and provides SFU Beedie’s graduate students with a learning and collaborative space that blends old world charm and new technology.

2010

Second EMBA Alumni Professorship is created

The William Rowe EMBA Alumni Professorship is established to recognize excellence in research in teaching. An EMBA graduate in 1972, Rowe, goes on to enjoy a long, successful career at Air Canada and remains an active supporter of SFU. He is recognized for his contributions with SFU’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award and the Outstanding Alumni Award. The alumni professorship is currently held by Dr. Carolyne Egri.

2011

Canada's first EMBA in Indigenous Business and Leadership is launched

Another SFU first in Canada and just the second program of its type globally, the program includes the core concepts and knowledge delivered in a regular MBA program, but also recognizes that traditional knowledge plays a significant role in Indigenous leadership and decision-making.

SFU Beedie launches the Americas MBA for Executives

Another SFU first in Canada and just the second program of its type globally, the program includes the core concepts and knowledge delivered in a regular MBA program, but also recognizes that traditional knowledge plays a significant role in Indigenous leadership and decision-making.

SFU Beedie teams up with FIA Business School of Brazil, ITAM of Mexico and Vanderbilt University of USA to offer an innovative program stream that allows students to study management issues faced by the Americas’ four largest economies in an immersive environment with faculty and peers from the partner schools. Today, 50 students are enrolled in the program annually.

2018

SFU Beedie creates EMBA Indigenous Business and Leadership award

SFU Beedie creates a new annual $10,000 award for a student taking the EMBA in Indigenous Business and Leadership program. It is funded from a $500,000 donation from BMO Financial Group directed to supporting Indigenous business education, another example of SFU Beedie’s partnerships with the business community.