Message from Dean Harjeet Bhabra

Welcome to the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. September is our academic New Year, and whether you are coming to us from high school ready to embark on your first post-secondary experience, or are coming from the work world to pursue a masters or PhD, I know you are excited to enter this new phase in your life. I want to assure you that we are here to support you and help you in your journey.  The Sobey School is a special place, and even though you cannot be physically present in class this term, you are now a part of our community.

We are safe

The university has been proactive in addressing the COVID pandemic since last spring. We will continue to put the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff first.  The university website offers lots of detail on how we are doing this.

We are responsible

In addition to our AACSB-accredited status, the Sobey School of Business is a PRME Champion school. This is a special status conferred on us by the UN’s Global Compact, which recognizes our efforts to incorporate the principles of responsible management education into our programs and operations. Our Sobey School community has long been achieving recognition for our efforts to improve sustainability and social responsibility, with our award-winning Enactus team, stellar researchers and active community outreach activities.  We are proud to be working to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and modelling this effort for schools across the country.

We are innovative

This summer, we as a school got together to determine how we could support the businesses in our region in their efforts to mitigate and overcome the devastating economic effects of the pandemic. The result was the Sobey School Community Revitalization and Prosperity Network, which has hosted more than 15 evidence-based, information-filled free webinars on topics like succession planning, using big data, and anticipating the effects of AI on the future of work. Recordings of these sessions can now be found on the site. Webinars will continue to be hosted. Subscribe on the site to receive notice when new material or events are added.

Together, we are stronger navigating this new virtual learning experience. While it may not be the university term you might have hoped for, it will definitely be memorable. I know that in rising to the challenges you are presented with today, you will graduate with the resilience, versatility and courage that will ensure your success in the future.