CGA supports University of Winnipeg Faculty of Business and Economics

Inspired gift unlocks a portal to the new world of business

WINNIPEG, MB – Manitoba’s Certified General Accountants Association is stepping up to help University of Winnipeg students pursue post-secondary education in business. With a commitment of $250,000 – one of the largest contributions in its 72-year history – CGA Manitoba will offer annual scholarships for UWinnipeg business graduates and support the construction of space for the Faculty of Business and Economics as part of the redevelopment of 460 Portage – the former United Army Surplus site at Portage Avenue and Colony Street.

“We value the tremendous support of generous partners such as CGA Manitoba,” said UWinnipeg President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lloyd Axworthy. “Their commitment means our business students can study in a first-class space with supports they can help them succeed as they pursue their careers.”

Grant Christensen, Chief Executive Officer of the Certified General Accountants Association of Manitoba (UW Class of 1978 BA Economics) said, “It is exciting for CGA Manitoba to be involved at such an early stage in the development of a state-of-the art facility for business and economics, education, research and entrepreneurship. We are proud to be at the forefront of this important initiative and pleased to be able to recognize the achievements of prospective graduates of the University of Winnipeg’s new Faculty of Business and Economics who will play key roles in building business success in Manitoba.”

The first class of students graduated from the new faculty in June 2008. Approximately 250 students were enrolled in first-year business classes in the inaugural year.

“CGA Manitoba has shown tremendous leadership and foresight by investing in a program that is getting off the ground,” said Michael Benarroch, Dean of the Faculty of Business & Economics at The University of Winnipeg. “It is great to see a successful organization contributing significantly to the success of our students and our program.”

The recently created Faculty of Business and Economics offers students a diverse array of academic programs, including accounting, human resources management, marketing, international business and finance. The completion of The University of Winnipeg’s 460 Portage Project will provide the Faculty of Business and Economics a new home at one of the highest profile corners in Winnipeg – Portage Avenue and Memorial Boulevard.

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