Business Administration School Facts

  • The first BCom degree in Canada was granted by Queen's University in 1919, 2 years after a commerce program was introduced.

  • McMaster University’s School of Business is credited with creating the first formal commerce internship program which remains the largest in Canada.

  • Founded in 1907, HEC Montreal is Canada's oldest business school and, with upwards of 240 professors and more than thirty-three management study programs, it is one of the largest and most extensive business schools in North America. HEC runs the only trilingal Bachelor's in Business Administration (BBA) degree in North America, comprising study in English, French and Spanish.

  • In 1992, McMaster University’s School of Business expanded due to the generous support of Canadian entrepreneur Michael G. DeGroote and became home to the first named business school in Canada.

  • In 2006, one out of every five post-secondary graduates aged 25 to 64 had studied in business, management, marketing and related support services It was the most popular field of study among both women and men. An estimated 1,357,200 women in this age group had graduated in this field, compared with just over 801,600 men.

  • The University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business has produced more senior executives than any other business school in Canada.

  • Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario was the first Canadian business school to join the United Nations’ Global Compact which encourages businesses, in partnership with other social organizations, to work to realize the vision of a more sustainable and inclusive global economy. Other members of the Global Compact include Harvard Business School, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • In 2003, the largest single private donation ever made to name a Canadian business school, 20 million, created the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

  • Ryerson Polytechnic University’s Ted Rogers School of Management is Canada’s largest undergraduate business school with more than 6,500 full-time students.

  • In 1970, female students represented only 7% of students graduating from undergraduate business programs in Canada; since 1992 more than 50% of undergraduate business students have been female.

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