Queen's School of Business in 2020

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Queen’s School of Business dates from 1919 with Canada’s first undergraduate degree in business. We have a long tradition of being a quantitative school, and that is still reflected in our DNA. With the toughest entrance standards in Canada for our renowned Commerce program, and consistently high GMAT scores from our MBA students, QSB attracts the highest calibre of students. The School has a tradition of strong industry relationships as well, starting with the Canadian Bankers’ Association in the early 1900s, the Chartered Accountants of Ontario in the 1920s, and numerous other private and public sector organizations throughout our 91 years.

In the late 1990s, QSB led the country in redesigning private MBA and Executive MBA programs, as well as developing Canada’s best executive education programs. Our success with these initiatives is reflected in the top rankings we have received over the last decade. More recently, QSB has turned its focus to creating Canada’s strongest international business programs, which includes partnering with 82 (and counting!) of the best business schools in the world.

We have had a terrific journey as Canada’s premier business school. As we look to the next decade, where do we need to be in 2020 to ensure continued success? How should we build on our competitive advantages to position us even stronger by our centenary?

First, QSB needs to build on our legendary student experience, to ensure students achieve their full potential through an exceptional experience inside and outside the classroom.

Second, we must continue to strengthen QSB’s international focus, exposing students, faculty, and alumni to a diversity of experience and culture, ensuring they are able to conduct business in a global context.

Third, we need to develop and communicate relevant and timely research and ideas, confirming QSB as a leader in business education and enhancing the School’s reputation as a driving force for business thought and innovation.

QSB has had a tremendous past, and looking toward 2020, we have an exciting future. I look forward to engaging alumni and friends of QSB at this exciting time to work together to realize it.

Carpe diem.

David M. Saunders, PhD
Dean, Queen’s School of Business
dsaunders@business.queensu.ca