One of Canada's leading business schools
Simon Fraser University was founded in 1965 with a mission to be a different kind of university – to bring an interdisciplinary rigour to learning, to embrace bold initiatives, and to engage deeply with communities near and far. Shortly afterwards, SFU’s School of Business launched Canada’s first Executive MBA. Take a look at some of SFU Beedie’s highlights from then until now.
A History of Beedie School of Business
Simon Fraser University opens its doors
In 1965, SFU opens its doors. The School of Business is housed in the Department of Economics and Business within the Faculty of Arts.
Launch of Executive MBA
SFU launches Canada’s first executive MBA.
BBA is launched
The school becomes the Faculty of Business Administration. The Bachelor of Administration (BBA) degree is established.
EMBA Program moves downtown
The Executive MBA program moves to SFU’s new downtown campus, in the heart of Vancouver’s financial district.
GDBA is created
The graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) is created.
SFU establishes Exec Ed
SFU establishes what is now the Executive Education focused specifically on corporate education and management development.
MOT is launched
The Management of Technology MBA is launched at SFU.
Undergraduate BBA launches in Surrey
The Undergraduate BBA program opens a second location at the SFU Surry campus.
PhD in Business Administration launches
SFU launches a PhD in Business Administration.
Master of Science in Finance launches
A graduate program in finance - known as the Master of Science in Finance - 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.
Accreditation by the AACSB
The school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Accelerated MBA launches
SFU launches its accelerated full-time MBA program at the Segal Graduate School.
School receives EQUIS
The school receives EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) accreditation.
School acheives PRME
The school becomes signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).
School is named Beedie School of Business
In recognition of a record $22 million gift from alumnus Ryan Beedie and his father Keith, the school is named the Beedie School of Business.
Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership launched
The Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership - a first for Canada - is launched.
Americas MBA for Executives launches
Beedie launches the Americas MBA for Executives with partners FIA (Brazil), ITAM (Mexico) and Vanderbilt University (USA).
CIRDI is established
SFU Beedie teams up with UBC’s Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering to establish the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute.
Part-Time MBA launches
Beedie launches the part-time MBA at SFU’s Surrey Campus.
Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization
Graduate Diploma in Financial Engineering launches
Beedie, along with SFU’s Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, offer the Graduate Diploma in Financial Engineering.
Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship
Through a $10 million gift from alumnus Charles Chang, Beedie establishes the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship
SFU Beedie Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
In 2022 we celebrated 40 years since the creation of SFU's Beedie School of Business. Learn more about how we marked the occasion, our accomplishments and the friends who supported us along the way.
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