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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
September 4, 2015

Canadian Excellence



      • Nicole Coviello announced as the 2011 recipient of the Betty and Peter Sims Professorship in Entrepreneurship.
      • Dr. Tripat Gill announced as a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Market Insight and Innovation. (2011)


      • Wilfrid Laurier University was listed among the top five Canadian universities in Financial Research output in a long-term assessment of the financial research of Canadian academic institutions from 1990-2008. The study was published in the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, November 2010.


      • Steve Farlow joined Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a roundtable discussion about the role of student entrepreneurship in the future of the Canadian economy.


      • Dr. Thomas Kozloski, accounting professor, was awarded the Wildman Medal by the American Accounting Association for scholarly achievement in accounting.
      • Dean, Ginny Dybenko was named to the prestigious Top 100 listing of Canada's Most Powerful Women.
      • Dr. Pierre Siklos was named to the C.D. Howe Institute's Monetary Policy Council (MPC). C.D. Howe Institute is Canada's leading independent economic policy research institute.

      2007 and past:

      • Dec. 2007 - Four Laurier professors among 38 semi-finalists for TVO's Best Lecturer Competition. Nominees have been selected from student and alumni nominations from across Ontario. The Laurier SBE representation includes Shirley Lichti and Lorne Sulsky.
      • Dr. David Johnson was shortlisted for the 2005/06 Donner Book Prize for his book Signposts of Success: Interpreting Ontario's Elementary School Test Scores.
      • First recipient of the Betty & Peter Sims Professorship in Entrepreneurship announced, Dr. Benson Hong. (2006)
      • Dr. Ruth Cruikshank has been appointed faculty associate for educational development. During her three-year appointment, Cruikshank will provide teaching-related support to all departments, faculty and teaching assistants. Her range of responsibilities will augment existing educational development programming by assisting the office of teaching support services in responding to the needs of faculty and students across the university.

      • Dr. Mitali De, Associate Dean of Business: Academic Programs was awarded the prestigious Female Professional of the Year Award by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. This award is in recognition of Mitali's significant contributions to academia and to the South Asian community in Waterloo Region. She was, for example, the founder of the elementary Bengali Language program within the Waterloo Board of Education. As well, the Award is a reflection of the leadership she has shown as a past president of the Indian Institutes of Technology alumni association, current president of the Canadian South Asian Club for Professionals and a volunteer committee chair for the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
      • Dr. Hamid Noori, Chair, Enterprise Integration and Technology, has been appointed as the first Director, PhD Program. (2005)
      • Dr. Sanjay Sharma, Professor of Business Policy, has been awarded a prestigious Canada Research Chair. This is in recognition of his outstanding research work and his potential for important future scholarship.

      • President Rosehart, acting on behalf of the Board of Governors, has approved Frank Millerd's promotion to Full Professor, effective July 1, 2006. This is a most fitting and well-deserved recognition of Frank's career-long contribution to the Department, School, and University, as teacher, scholar, and administrator.
      • Dr. Ben Amoako-Adu has been appointed as the Economical Insurance Group Professor of Finance. Ben has a distinguished record of scholarship and has been a tireless proponent of curriculum and program innovation in the School.
      • As reported in The Globe and Mail dated March 30, 2006 (p. R2), Dr. David Johnson's book Signposts of Success has been chosen as one of five finalists for the Donner Prize for the best book on Canadian public policy. The winner of the $35,000 prize will be announced on April 27th, 2006.

      Laurier recipients of the 2005 SSHRC Standard Research Grants are:

      • Dr. Benson Honig (Business); Dr. Lisa Keeping (Business); Dr. Jiaping Qiu (Business); Dr. Chet Robie (Business); Dr. Sanjay Sharma (Business); Dr. Sanjay Sharma (Business) with I. Henriques

      2005 Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC)

      • Dr. Xuan Zhao (Business)

      Laurier recipients of the 2004 SSHRC Standard Research Grants are:

      • Madhu Kalimipalli, Business, with Ranjini Sivakumar, University of Waterloo, $70,221. Information linkages between stock and corporate bond markets.

      • Wing Chan, Economics, $33,826. Extreme events in financial markets.

      • Laura MacDonald, Business, with Alan Richardson, York University, $60,698. Informal accounting systems: a source of innovation or a waste of resources?

      • Kalyani Menon, Business, with Harvir Bansal, Business, $50,286. Social power and customer reactions to service events: Implications for provider response.

      • Dr. Pok Man Chak, Economics and Dr. Sapna Isotupa, Business are among fifteen Laurier researchers to receive research grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) in its 2004 Discovery grants competition. To further support Dr. Pok Man Chak's research on semi-non-parametric estimation of shape-restricted economic models, she will receive $8,000 annually for three years. Dr. Sapna Isotupa will receive $17,000 annually for five years towards her research on stochastic inventory systems.

      • Dr. Susan Johnson , Department of Economics, was chosen as the winner of the Vanderkamp Prize for best article in Canadian Public Policy in 2002. Canadian Public Policy is Canada's foremost journal examining economic and social policy. The aim of the journal is to stimulate research and discussion of public policy problems in Canada.

      • Dr. George Athanassakos and Lucy Ackert have won the first prize in the Canada-wide 2003 Toronto Society of Financial Analysts best research paper award competition for their paper entitled "The Informativeness of Short Interest in the Canadian Market".

      • John McCutcheon and Howard Teall are among a select group of individuals to be honoured with the designation of Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants of Canada (FCMA). The FCMA designation demonstrates excellence in management accounting, commitment to CMA Canada, and a civic mindedness that brings community respect to the member and the profession. Howard Teall is also a Fellow of the list of Chartered Accountants of Canada, making Howard one of only a handful of accounting professionals in Canada to be awarded this honour by both CMA Canada and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

      • Dr. Pramodita Sharma and S. Manikutty (from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India) have been chosen as the winners for 2003 Best Unpublished Research Paper award by the Family Firm Institute (FFI). Based out of Boston, this is an international professional membership association with over 1200 members across 34 countries. Their winning article is entitled: 'Shedding of Unproductive Resources in Family Firms: Role of Family Structure and Community Culture'. The award was presented at the annual conference of FFI from 1-4 October in Toronto.

      • Dr. Sanjay Sharma has been appointed to a Task force set up by the National Science Foundation (US) to develop an environmental research agenda for the future. The multidisciplinary task force also includes Nobel Prize winners in Economics, Chemistry and Physics. He is the only non-U.S. citizen on the task force. This is indeed a great honour.

      • Congratulations to Dr. Sanjay Sharma and Dr. Mark Baetz, who were recently named as two of Canada's seven Knight School Pioneers - a distinction awarded by Corporate Knights magazine to celebrate and recognize Canadian business school professors who have furthered the evolution of corporate social responsibility issues.
      • (2002) - First Executive Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship announced, Steve Farlow.
      • The Finance Department at the Laurier School of Business & Economics has been ranked the best Finance Department in Canada (Journal of Finance, 1995) for the research and publishing activities of faculty members.