Celebrating 40 Years
40 years in business
2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Beedie School of Business. We are born of SFU’s radical roots and have been “redefining radical” throughout our 40-year history. To us, that means boldly stepping up, challenging convention, and changing course to lead in a new direction.
This ethos has made us a school of firsts: the 1st in Canada to offer an Executive MBA; The 1st in Canada to offer a Management of Technology MBA; the 1st and only university in the world to offer an Indigenous Business Leadership Executive MBA; and the distinction of being in the 1% of business schools with double-accreditation.
Join us as we reflect on how the thought leadership from our award-winning faculty, generous contributions from our donors, and our 29,000 alumni have made SFU Beedie the world-class teaching and learning destination it is today. Throughout the year we’ll also be sharing ways in which we continue to inspire our students to become new kinds of leaders as we step into the future.
A Message from our new Dean, Dr. Ujwal Kayande
In 2022 Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business celebrates 40 years as a business faculty. I am proud to join SFU Beedie as dean in the same year the school reaches this significant milestone.
For four decades, SFU Beedie has been an innovator, a pioneer and a changemaker. Our instinct is always to look to the future, but as we celebrate this anniversary I would like to take a moment to reflect on and celebrate our past. Our journey to this point is what has made us what we are today thanks to the contributions of our very accomplished faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and partners.
As part of a young, ideals-driven university with a clear identity and a powerful mission, SFU Beedie has been committed to challenging the status quo and breaking new ground. This is as true now as it was in 1968, when SFU launched the world’s first Executive MBA program anywhere outside the USA – even before SFU Beedie existed as its own faculty.
This pioneering spirit continued with the creation of the fully remote Graduate Diploma in Business Administration in 1999, and our Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership, another first of its kind for Canada, in 2011.
Since SFU’s creation in the 1960s, a time of rapid social change, we have been redefining radical in the context of business education. For us, this means preparing our students to thrive in tomorrow’s economy and to shape the world in line with their own values.
SFU Beedie is home to those who believe in the power of business to spark new ideas, fuel social innovations, and advance society. I am excited to celebrate 40 years of this remarkable school with our community, and I invite you to join us as we share some of the stories and accomplishments that have propelled us to become one of Canada’s Top 10 business schools at Canada’s #1 comprehensive university.
Please join me in congratulating all who have contributed to the school over these 40 years and to those who, like me, are excited for the next 40 and beyond.
BBA is launched
The school becomes the Faculty of Business Administration. The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree is established.
EMBA Program moves downtown
The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration is created
Executive Education launches
SFU establishes what is now Executive Education, focused specifically on corporate education and management development.
The Management of Technology MBA is launched
PhD in Business Administration launched
MSc Fin launched
A graduate program in finance, conferring a Master of Science degree, is launched
Joseph Segal donation
Longtime university supporter and chancellor emeritus Jospeh Segal donates to SFU the Segal Graduate school in downtown Vancouver, hosting all graduate business programs.
School achieves accreditations
The school receives EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) accreditations.
School is named Beedie School of Business
In recognition of Ryan and Keith Beedie's record $22 million donation, the school is named after them.
EMBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership launched
A first in Canda, the Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership, today the Indigenous Business and Leadership Executive MBA, is launched.
Americas MBA for Executives launches
Beedie launches the Americas MBA for Executives with partners FIA (Brazil), ITAM (Mexico) and Vanderbilt University (USA).
Part-time MBA launches
Beedie launches the part-time MBA at SFU’s Surrey Campus.
Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship
Through a $10 million gift from alumnus Charles Chang, Beedie establishes the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship.
Friends of SFU Beedie
Throughout this year, we will be profiling some of the donors, partners, esteemed faculty, and alumni that have helped make SFU Beedie what it is today. Is there someone you'd like to see featured? Submit them for consideration using this form.