Alumni Testimonials

Sarah Dowler

The Graduate Diploma in Business is a fantastic program for young grads looking to jumpstart their entry into business careers. The program provides fantastic opportunities for personal and intellectual growth, providing a great foundation for success in the business world. Through conversations with a supportive network of professors, classmates, and MBA alumni, I was able to decide upon a career path that was the right fit for me, and secure a management consulting position that I would not have been able to land without the program.

Sarah Dowler, GDB 2014
BA in Psychology & BSc in Biochemistry
Dalhousie University
Now: Completing the Queen’s MBA program
Precia Darshan

The GDB was an excellent catalyst to achieve my MBA while pursuing my law degree at Queen’s. The program was a wonderful introduction to the high-calibre teaching faculty at Smith School of Business. The instructors work diligently to ensure your comprehension and to help you attain your career goals. Furthermore, the academic and industry diversity of my peers embellished my learning through an exchange of industry insights and unique perspectives.

Precia Darshan, GDB 2015
University of Toronto
Now: Completing the Queen’s JD and MBA Degrees
Shannon Gong

The GDB program served as a platform for me to make a smooth transition from my legal background into the financial industry. Particularly, it equipped me with the necessary skills and knowledge of the business field to prepare me for the Master of Finance - Beijing program. The program’s emphasis on team building also had a lifelong impact on me in terms of personal growth. I was impressed with the overall quality of the program, the passionate teaching of the Faculty members and the intellectually stimulating learning environment at Queen’s.

Shannon Gong, GDB 2015
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Now: Associate
Josh Graham

I needed a program that would give me the knowledge and acumen necessary to kick-start my career. Queen's team-based approach to learning not only delivered on content, but made business education a truly unique experience. I feel the GDB has allowed me to fast-track my entry level experience and move quickly into a more specialized role.

Josh Graham, GDB 2015
BA in Political Science and History
Queen’s University
Now: Inside Wholesaler
Mackenzie Investments
Shawna Griffin

The Graduate Diploma in Business was the ideal program to enhance my undergraduate degree and provide a leading edge into so many career opportunities. The faculty showed genuine care for their students and were instrumental in ensuring we were prepared for our next professional steps. The best part is that, at such a reputable business school, I have gained practical experience in the classroom, developed valuable knowledge and skills, and advanced my professional business career in just four months.

Shawna Griffin, GDB 2015
BSc in Life Sciences
Queen’s University
Now: Graduate Rotational Program
RBC Investment &Treasury Services
Remi Ojo

I believe that the Graduate Diploma in Business program at Queen's was the ideal choice for me to bridge the gap between technical knowledge and business savvy. The program provides graduates with excellent opportunities to develop and thrive in a business setting. It granted me the skills necessary to propel my career forward and broaden the opportunities available to me. It is truly an invaluable program and experience that instills an increased sense of confidence.

Remi Ojo, GDB 2015
BSc in Chemical Engineering
Queen’s University
Now: Manager, Field Operations
Bell Canada
Justin Reekie

My undergraduate degree in Drama allowed me to develop a specialized skill set that focused on communication, storytelling, and effectively working in a team. The Graduate Diploma in Business provided me the opportunity to directly apply my background into a business context while also equipping me with the fundamentals needed in my career. This program effectively pairs students' unique undergraduate perspectives with the Smith School of Business experience in order to excel in the recruitment process.”

Justin Reekie, GDB 2015
BA in Drama
Queen’s University
Now: Assistant Brand Manager
Procter & Gamble
Haley Rudolph

Beyond teaching me necessary technical skills, the GDB’s emphasis on character development and team-based learning really increased my confidence in myself and in working with others going into my career. The diverse backgrounds of my classmates and excellent quality of teaching from Smith’s committed instructors made this program a challenging but highly rewarding experience. I am grateful for the network I have joined in attending Smith School of Business and the fantastic opportunities it continues to provide me.

Haley Rudolph, GDB 2015
BA in Media, Information and Technoculture
Western University
Now: Business Analyst