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From the Dean - Winter 2016

Dean David Saunders

This past fall was an exciting and historic time at Queen’s. We celebrated Stephen Smith’s $50M gift to the business school, a tremendous investment in the future of business education, which we recognized with a new name — The Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

This generous donation is endowed, which means that it will generate income in perpetuity to fund student scholarships and faculty professorships. In an increasingly competitive recruiting landscape, funding of this magnitude helps us attract and retain the top talent in the world.

Our increased endowment is a great foundation on which we can grow the school from one of the best in Canada to a world leader in business education.

Another important piece in this foundation is you — our alumni. Our continued success in teaching the business leaders of tomorrow rests, in part, on connecting these new graduates to the strong (and always growing!) business school alumni network.

And this is why we have created SmithConnect (, an exclusive online platform for Smith alumni to network, access school news and events and even  nd a mentor or mentor a recent graduate. It’s easy to join – you can sign up using your existing LinkedIn or Facebook pro le, or create a pro le with your email address.

Stay active in the Smith alumni community and help us continue to build and connect our alumni network by joining SmithConnect today. I hope to see you there!

David M. Saunders, PhD
Dean, Smith School of Business