February 9 was an exciting day for SFU Business—we were re-named the Beedie School of Business in recognition of an extremely generous gift from Ryan and Keith Beedie. The $22 million donation was the largest in SFU’s history and will be used to create an endowment supporting students, professorships and research chairs. The goal is to make SFU a global thought leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, Asia Pacific business studies, risk management and sustainability. I think we are well on our way.
Ryan earned his BBA at SFU in 1991 and joined his family’s industrial real estate development firm in 1992. Under Ryan’s direction, The Beedie Group has grown to be the largest landlordof industrial space in British Columbia and in 2009, he was named Ernst & Young’s Pacific Region Entrepreneur of the Year.
On behalf of the students at the Beedie School of Business, I would like to extend a huge thank you to Ryan and Keith Beedie for making such a significant investment in our future. The opportunities provided through this donation will be realized for many years to come.
If you are considering applying to business school, I encourage you to attend one of the upcoming information sessions to learn what SFU’s Beedie School of Business can offer you.