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(left to right) U of M Chancellor Harvey Secter, Gregg Hanson, member of President's Campaign Team, Michael Benarroch, dean of Asper School of Business, Robert Thorsten, CPA Manitoba Chair, Susan Hagemeister, CPA Manitoba Foundation Chair, Janaya Layte, and U of M President and Vice-Chancellor David Barnard

Thanks a million!

May 30, 2016 — 

On May 30, the Asper School of Business received $1 million from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Manitoba (CPA Manitoba) and the CPA Manitoba Foundation to support accounting students with classroom upgrades, Indigenous student scholarships, and student conferences.

“With the support of our community we can modernize our places and spaces,” said David Barnard, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manitoba. “This gift will have a lasting impact on the quality of the education provided to our students.”

The ongoing classroom upgrades showcase how this support has a lasting impact on students at the Asper School of Business. “First rate facilities make long hours of studying easier and more enjoyable,” remarked Janaya Layte, an Asper student. “This investment means more success for my future and the future of other students.”

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Susan Hagemeister, chair of the CPA Manitoba Foundation board unveiled the $1 million in support. Students, staff and faculty were on hand to applaud the transformational gift.

“The mission of the CPA Manitoba Foundation is to support the pursuit of quality business and accounting education,” said Hagemeister. “Thanks to the donations from our generous membership, the Foundation is proud to contribute to the Front and Centre campaign, which allows us to do just that. It is so important to invest in education, this institution and the next generation of CPAS, as they are the future of our profession.”

The quality of spaces in which students learn impacts their academic experience. This becomes increasingly important in the digital age: students and faculty expect a rich digital environment to be part of their experience. Modernizing theses spaces – and the technology in them – is a challenge for universities across the country. With today’s gift, the U of M will be able to enhance educational space and ensure that students have access to the technology and environments required to succeed in business today and tomorrow.

“This is very good news for the students in the Asper School of Business,” said dean Michael Benarroch. “With the support and generosity of its members, CPA Manitoba and the CPA Manitoba Foundation have shown an unwavering commitment to higher education, and invested wisely in the province’s future business leaders.”


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