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About the school

Quick facts

1,669 students
24 graduate students
60 full-time faculty
440 graduates in 2016-17
12,800 alumni

 

The Dhillon difference

Founded in 1975, the Dhillon School of Business is the future of finance and business innovation. This difference is attained by focusing on leading-edge technologies and emerging industries, advancing innovative business research by renowned thought leaders, and delivering an outstanding student experience that integrates theory and practice with industry experiences. The result is students who are empowered to become the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs.

 

Experiential learning

We believe students learn best when they practice theory in the real world. Our instructors will connect their cutting-edge, original research to your learning in the classroom. You’ll have the chance to make that theory come alive through applied studies courses, case competitions, industry experiences, hands-on technology in the classroom and more.

 

Diversity

An internationalized campus is important to us. We value diversity of thought from our faculty and students and believe that global perspectives are critically important as we interact and do business in a cross-cultural world.

 

Emerging technology

With a focus on leading-edge finance, the Dhillon School of Business will offer a series of courses starting in the fall of 2018 that focus on innovation in business. Some of the topics we hope you'll explore with us include emerging financial technologies (FinTech) like blockchain and cryptocurrencies, and new growth industries such as artificial intelligence.

 

Social Responsibility

We believe business leaders must take the lead in promoting philanthropy in governments, non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses. You will learn about theories of social responsibility in many of your classes and how you can give back.

 

Flexibility

We strive to serve the needs of traditional university students, working professionals and executives by offering classes in both Lethbridge and Calgary, with a focus on evening and weekend classes in Calgary.

 

About Navjeet (Bob) Dhillon

Bob Dhillon

Bob Dhillon is a respected community and business leader, a generous philanthropist and the founder, President and CEO of Mainstreet Equity Corporation. Mr. Dhillon launched his storied career in real estate while still a teenager, buying a pair of houses in Calgary, renovating them and selling them for a profit. He soon moved into developing larger residential buildings. As he built a private property portfolio from the ground up, he perfected a model of acquiring under-valued properties and renewing them to a higher quality market standard. An industry leader, Mr. Dhillon owned and managed, on a collective basis, over 11,000 multi-family units and $1.63 billion in assets, growing organically since creating Mainstreet, which he took public on the TSX in 2000. His focused leadership and guidance has led Mainstreet into a position of market prominence. Mainstreet has been one of the best performing real estate companies in Canada over the last two decades.

Mr. Dhillon holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. The recipient of many awards and accolades, he was recently appointed to the board of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from Lakehead University. He is the Honorary Consul General for Belize in Canada, owns a private 3,000-acre island in Belize that he is developing into a world-class tourist resort, and is the author of the published book “Business and Retirement Guide to Belize,” which released a second edition in February 2018.

 

Message from the Dean

Robert Boudreau

"As I approach 35 years of leadership in management education, I am excited to embark on our future as the Dhillon School of Business. Our future will focus on issues that confront business and society in the 21st century with a world view that is socially relevant and future oriented.

Our faculty members are renowned researchers and industry leaders who bring the business world to life in the classroom; our programs are unique and industry focused, providing depth to learning and transformational learning opportunities; our students become informed team-oriented leaders, committed to making the world a better place through socially responsible and ethical enterprise. Our future is bright.

Whether you are a student looking for an innovative place to gain the knowledge, skills and networks necessary for success, alumni looking to stay connected, or a community member that would like to engage in the future of business, I invite you to join us"

- Dr. Robert Boudreau