Wilfrid Laurier officially opened the new Lazaridis School of Business and Economics last month. In April 2015, Mike Lazaridis, Canada’s renowned business executive who founded BlackBerry, technology entrepreneur and philanthropist, pledged $20 million to Laurier to create the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises.
The new center will be instrumental in attracting, maintaining and supporting the local technology sector for today and tomorrow. Wilfrid Laurier students will now be attending the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at the newly named facility, Lazaridis Hall.
Through its innovative design and cutting-edge technological capabilities, Lazaridis Hall will cultivate Canadian business education for a global economy compelled by innovation and entrepreneurship. The vision behind Lazaridis Hall is to create an “active learning building” that offers a revolutionary practice of collaborative education. Designed for student collaboration, the technology that supports active learning will allow Wilfrid Laurier students to experience a sophisticated form of the “flipped classroom” teaching method. The benefits of this innovative use of technology will transform the way Wilfrid Laurier students will learn and employ their business expertise.
The school announced it is now accepting applications for the second cohort of the Lazaridis Scale-Up Program. The program is focused on addressing the need for more globally competitive technology companies in Canada and aims to help emerging businesses achieve their fullest potential.
The program gives 10 of the most promising technology companies in Canada the chance to accelerate their progress by working with global experts each of whom has taken a company from the start-up stage to a significant scale. The program will begin meeting in October 2017.
Nicole Zefran is the Communications and Administrative Officer at the Global Business School Network