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The Year at Smith

12 highlights from our year

It was a year of milestones at Smith in our 2020-2021 year (May 1, 2020 to April 30,2021). Our programs were recognized for excellence and our analytics ecosystem won an important international award. We welcomed a new dean and we launched a new graduate degree, too. And our staff, faculty and students found ways to support businesses, organizations and workers during the pandemic. Scroll down to read these and other highlights from our year.

International recognition for our programs

Smith’s reputation as a global business school was recognized with our strong showing on several international business-school rankings.

The new dean

In March 2021, Queen’s University announced Smith’s new dean: Wanda Costen, a proven academic leader whose career also includes private-sector and military experience.

Our award-winning analytics ecosystem

Analytics and AI are changing the world of business, and Smith is among the leaders in this field—a fact recognized with a prestigious international award.

A changemaker in the classroom

Who are the emerging leaders in business? One of them is Ryan Riordan, Distinguished Professor of Finance, named a “2021 Changemaker” by the Globe and Mail.

A commitment to diversity and inclusion

Over the last year, we took a number of steps to create a more inclusive community and learning environment, including the creation of Smith’s EDII Strategy and Action Plan.

Growing the sustainable economy

The Institute for Sustainable Finance, housed at Smith, issued a number of groundbreaking and important reports on Canada’s transition to a low-carbon future.

Research expertise on the pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold last year, our researchers used their expertise to study the pandemic’s effects and how to address the impacts on business and society.

Using artificial intelligence for good

Last year, as the pandemic raged, many people found themselves out of work and facing tremendous uncertainty. A unique initiative from Smith and Queen’s Law gave help.

Supporting Canadian athletes’ next moves

Since 2016, Smith has helped Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) athletes plan for a career after sport. In April 2021, 10 more COC athletes came to Smith to build their business skills.

A finance degree for the technology age

This past year, we launched the Master of Financial Innovation and Technology, the first program of its kind in Canada to address the significant gap in fintech education.

Working with an Indigenous community

In September 2020, a unique initiative was launched through Smith to bring business training to a First Nations community in British Columbia.

Helping businesses recover from COVID

The economic impacts of COVID-19 have been vast. Yet throughout the pandemic, Smith took steps to help businesses, non-profits and student job seekers bounce back and succeed.