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Celebrating five years of Smith

Top: Stephen Smith with students after the announcement of his gift to the school, in October 2015. Bottom: Students show their appreciation.

Has it been five years already? Yes! On Oct. 1, 2015, students and alumni welcomed a new chapter in our school’s history, with the introduction of a new name—Smith School of Business—and a transformational gift of $50 million from Stephen Smith, BSc(Eng)’72, LLD’17.

The largest gift ever made to a Canadian business school, Stephen Smith’s generosity has since helped attract and retain the best and brightest talent from across Canada and around the world through student scholarships and valuable research funding.

“I think that the real wealth in society comes from the human capital that we have, and we get that human capital by having a well-educated populace,” Smith said on that day five years ago. “So this gift is a way to give back to society, improve its human capital, help Queen’s and help Canada as a whole.”