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Wilfrid Laurier University Lazaridis School of Business & Economics
December 2, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Anne Golden, President & CEO, Conference Board of Canada
Anne Golden, President & CEO, Conference Board of Canada


Lazaridis School of Business & Economics

Innovation expert helps launch Laurier's new Entrepreneurial MBA

Sep 6/07


Angela Forster, Marketing and Communications Director, School of Business & Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, 519-884-0710, ext. 3145

WATERLOO – Anne Golden, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Conference Board of Canada, will present ‘Innovation Matters’, to help celebrate the launch of Wilfrid Laurier University’s new Innovation and Entrepreneurship MBA program. Ms. Golden’s talk will highlight her recent report, How Canada Performs: A Report Card on Canada, and will examine the link between innovation, education, and Canada’s competitiveness and sustainable prosperity.

The presentation will take place before an audience of top business leaders and Laurier alumni on Thursday, September 27 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Andrew’s Club and Conference Centre, Conservatory,  150 King St. W. (Sunlife Building), 16th Floor, in Toronto.

First of its kind in Canada, the Laurier Innovation and Entrepreneurship MBA program responds to Ms. Golden’s report and addresses the need for innovation within the education system. The program which begins this fall offers students the opportunity to obtain their Laurier MBA while creating their own business or to gain experience working and thriving within an existing entrepreneurial organization. Supported by a full fledged Capital Investment Fund, the new program is available as a one-year, full-time course at the Waterloo campus. Additional information about the MBA program is available at

Students enrolled in the program also benefit from the support of Laurier's Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship.  Another Laurier first, the Centre exists to serve the shared interests of Laurier’s School of Business & Economics (SBE), its faculty and students, entrepreneurs and the private sector.  Among its activities, the Centre supports SBE's academic programs, provides opportunities for Laurier students to gain real-world experience in the entrepreneurial community and facilitates the incubation of student business ideas.

The MBA launch event featuring Ms. Golden, will be the first event in the new Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, and is hosted by the Laurier School of Business & Economics and sponsored by the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship.

This session is open to the public and the news media but has limited seating available. For more information or to RSVP your attendance please contact Megan Harris at 519-884-0710 x2948 or email

About Anne Golden
Anne Golden, Ph.D., C.M., has been President and Chief Executive Officer of The Conference Board of Canada since October 2001. Previous to that, Dr. Golden served as President of The United Way of Greater Toronto for 14 years. She has gained national recognition for her role in the public policy arena through chairing two influential task forces: one in 1996 for the provincial government on the future of the Toronto area, and another in 1998 for the City of Toronto and the federal government on homelessness. Currently she is a member of The Toronto City Summit Alliance Steering Committee and the Commercialization Advisory Council for the Ontario Minister of Economic Development and Trade, as well as the Panel of Senior Advisors to the Auditor General of Canada.

About the Conference Board of Canada
The Conference Board of Canada is one of the foremost independent, not-for-profit applied research organizations in Canada.  We help build leadership capacity for a better Canada by creating and sharing insights on economic trends, public policy issues, and organizational performance.  We forge relationships and deliver knowledge through our learning events, networks, research products, and customized information services.  Our members include a broad range of Canadian organizations from the public and private sectors.  The Conference Board of Canada was formed in 1954, and is affiliated with The Conference Board, Inc. that serves some 3,000 companies in 67 nations.

About the Laurier MBA Program
Founded by the largest English-speaking business school in Canada, the Laurier MBA program has a long-standing reputation for excellence. At the forefront of innovation, the Laurier MBA was the first in Canada to offer a fully integrated core program, the first to offer a combined CMA and MBA program, the first to offer an innovation and entrepreneurship option, and the first to offer a part-time weekend program. Known for its collaborative learning style and flexible programming, the Laurier MBA has an open door policy and uses a model for leadership development. Laurier MBA graduates are sought after in the marketplace for their in-depth quantitative and qualitative training and versatility, as demonstrated by their outstanding performance in both case competitions and in accounting exams. Laurier graduates have the distinction this year of holding the highest qualifying average in both, the Chartered Accountancy Qualification (CA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams, the prestigious CA Gold Medal awarded for the highest overall mark across Canada, and the highest mark ever received on the CMA exam. The Laurier MBA program is offered at both Waterloo and Toronto locations. The Waterloo campus is located approximately 100 kilometers west of Toronto, nestled in Canada's Technology Triangle. The Laurier Toronto campus is located on the 27th floor of the Sun Life Financial Tower on the corner of University and King in downtown Toronto, at the St. Andrew's Club and Conference Centre.

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