January 24, 2002

Segal Centre set to open
By Diane Luckow

Simon Fraser University plans to open western Canada’s first dedicated centre for graduate management education in a distinguished heritage building in the heart of Vancouver’s financial district.

To be called the Segal centre for graduate management studies, the centre will be housed in the former Bank of Montreal headquarters at 520 Granville St.

Joseph Segal, chancellor emeritus and owner of the 1916 building, is making it available to the university. He and his family have also donated $3 million toward the costs of restoring and renovating the building for the university’s purposes.

“There is a shortage of students studying business at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in B.C.,” says Ernie Love, dean of SFU business. “SFU is a recognized leader in business education and we’re now ready to take a major step forward to address this urgent issue.”

After renovations, the new centre will provide a distinctive venue where scholars, students and business and industry leaders can come together to teach, learn and explore the latest management concepts. It will feature unique graduate programs, such as the Management of Technology MBA, customized executive education opportunities and specialized centres of research focused on emerging areas such as innovation, biotechnology leadership and management or international financial markets.

“Vancouver is a key gateway on the Pacific Rim, with an increasingly international community in need of the latest business research and information,” says SFU President Michael Stevenson. “A dedicated centre for graduate management studies, situated downtown, will improve and enliven B.C.’s economic activity and international reputation.”

Situated just two blocks from the SFU Harbour Centre campus and one block from the Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue, the new centre will complement and significantly strengthen the university’s presence in downtown Vancouver.

courtesy Simon Fraser News