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Smith School of Business to become official partner of Canadian Paralympic Committee

Posted on April 11, 2024

Kingston/Ottawa, Ont. –  Smith School of Business and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) are proud to announce a new partnership that will see Smith become the Official National Business Education Partner of the Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Through the partnership, CPC staff, leadership and sport members will have greater access to professional development and training opportunities offered by Smith.

“Smith’s support of the sport community has been immense over the past number of years, and we are so pleased to be officially entering a partnership with them,” said Karen O’Neill, CEO, Canadian Paralympic Committee. “Working directly with Smith will provide our staff and community with greater opportunities to grow and develop their skills, which will ultimately help to advance Paralympic sport and create more meaningful change for an improved sport system. Thank you to Smith for their leadership and support, and we look forward to working more closely with them.”

This partnership will expand the school’s involvement in Paralympic sport. As a founding partner of Game Plan, Smith provides financial award opportunities to a suite of MBA and Master’s programs, with 16 Paralympic athletes receiving awards to attend the school over the past seven years.  

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Canadian Paralympic Committee to help expand business education opportunities for the Paralympic community,” said Wanda Costen, Dean of Smith School of Business. “At Smith, we strive to foster a supportive and resilient learning community that drives a culture of belonging and collaboration. This new partnership is one important way that Smith is strengthening its dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”


About the Canadian Paralympic Committee

The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization in partnership with 27 member sport organizations, dedicated to the power and impact of Paralympic sport. Holding a vision of an inclusive world realized through Paralympic sport, its mission is to deliver the best-prepared teams for Games excellence while modeling and promoting disability inclusion and accessibility. Championing the stories and successes of high-performance athletes with disabilities, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires Canadians to embrace inclusivity and actively engage in sports. For more insights, visit

About Smith School of Business

Smith School of Business at Queen’s University is renowned for its excellence, innovation, and leadership in business education. From establishing the first undergraduate business degree over a century ago to creating groundbreaking programs and courses in emerging areas, Smith is at the forefront of preparing students for the business marketplace. In addition to its rich tradition of academic and teaching excellence, Smith is known for delivering an outstanding learning and development experience. Personal attention, individual and team coaching, opportunities for specialization and a deep commitment to student success characterize the Smith experience. To learn more visit:



Nicole Watts
Senior Manager, Communications & PR
Canadian Paralympic Committee | 613-462-2700

Julia Lefebvre
Associate Director, Communications & Digital Engagement
Smith School of Business