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Smith School of Business

We are grateful to the many alumni, faculty, staff, students, friends and corporate partners who supported the Invest in Smith Campaign leading us to exceed our campaign goal by raising over $115.5 million. The impact of this philanthropy has been tremendous for the school in many ways.

In 2012, we opened the west wing of Goodes Hall with a 75,000 square foot addition. This expansion was critical to support our strategic growth and to enable us to compete on the world’s stage. This campaign also resulted in a robust, highly competitive scholarship package that supports our MBA recruiting efforts and expanded the Commerce bursary offerings ensuring students, regardless of their ability to pay, can attend Smith School of Business.

We also generated remarkable student experiences and learning opportunities through the support provided to the Centre for Social Impact, the Centre for Business Venturing and the newly established Scotiabank Centre for Customer Analytics. The creation of several named Fellows, Chairs and Professorships enables us to attract and retain world-class faculty by providing extra support for research.

In October 2015, we announced the largest gift in Queen’s history –– a $50 million donation from Stephen Smith. In recognition of this outstanding gift, we named the business school the Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business. The vast majority of this gift is endowed, which means it will continue to impact the school in perpetuity. In fact, when commitments are fulfilled from all benefactors our business school endowment will be well over $125 million, quadrupling our endowed funds from the start of the campaign. 

We were very fortunate throughout this campaign to have outstanding campaign and class giving volunteers without whom we would not have achieved this important milestone. To these dedicated volunteers and our 7,500 campaign donors, thank you for your support. Please take a moment to watch a brief video highlighting the success of the Campaign and the impact your campaign gifts have had on the school and our students.


David M. Saunders, PhD
Dean, Smith School of Business