Dean's Message

Message from Dean Harjeet Bhabra


Welcome to the Fall term at the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University.

September is such an exciting time of year, filled with creativity, energy and optimism. It is the time of year when we welcome students who are beginning their post-secondary studies for the first time, ready to absorb knowledge and new experiences and make an impact on the world. This is a special time in your life, and we wish you all the best as you begin your journey with us. We are here to support you with academic advising and other student resources to ensure your success. Be sure to explore SMU’s Student Life website to learn about all the exciting events and opportunities you have access to as a Saint Mary’s student.

Of course, it is not just new and returning undergraduate students who join us in the fall. Many of our graduate and doctoral students are returning to education after achieving success in the workforce. We trust you will find the Sobey School of Business to be a dynamic learning environment with an active and collaborative research culture, where you can build your professional network and watch your work have an immediate real-world impact.

While the world has not yet fully returned to its pre-pandemic pace, Saint Mary’s University is pleased to offer a mix of in-person and online options for our students. For the latest updates on COVID-19 protocols, please visit the COVID-19 Information and Resources page. This is the place to keep yourself up-to-date on the latest health and safety protocols for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, the Sobey School of Business accomplished many achievements over the last year. We celebrated the graduation of the first cohort from our EMBA program. We welcomed two Sobey Postdoctoral Scholars in Emerging Disciplines, who will help advance important research in machine learning, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and innovation studies. We also announced the recipients of five Sobey Professorships, a key part of an initiative to grow the research and scholarship impact of the Sobey School, which is funded by the historic gift received by the School from the Sobey Family, Sobey Foundation and Sobeys Inc. You can read more about some of our achievements from the past year in our Community Report and in the Sobey School of Business Research Bulletin (PDF).

Visitors to the Sobey Building will notice that construction on the Saint Mary’s Inspiration Complex has begun. The Inspiration Complex is a new 62,000 square foot addition that will provide new learning spaces and foster innovative multidisciplinary work. This building, which will open in 2023, adds 43,000 square feet to the Sobey Building in the form of an Innovation Hub, which will support entrepreneurship and innovation at the Sobey School.

Thank you for choosing to study at the Sobey School of Business. The Sobey School is AACSB accredited, an achievement held by just 5 percent of the world’s business schools. We are also a PRME Champion school, which recognizes our efforts to incorporate the principles of responsible management education into our programs and operations. We are proud to be working to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and modelling this effort for schools across the country, and we thank you for joining us as we work toward this important mission.

Once again, welcome to another exciting Fall term at the Sobey School of Business. I wish you a safe, productive and enriching academic year, and I look forward to seeing how you will help the Sobey School continue to make an impact with purpose.

Harjeet S. Bhabra, PhD
Dean, Sobey School of Business