Past IDEA Recipients
Albert D. Cohen, O.C.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gendis Inc. Winnipeg, Canada
Paul Desmarais, C.C.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation
Jim Pattison, O.C.
Managing Director and
Chief Executive Officer Pattison Group of Companies
and Co-Founder of Sony Corporation
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Ross Perot Group
Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Sir John Egan
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jaguar, plc
Ronald Southern, C.M., M.B.E.
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of ATCO Ltd., and Chairman of Canadian Utilities Limited
Thomas J. Bata, C.C.
Chairman, Bata Limited
George A. Cohon, O.C.
Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Limited
Dwayne O. Andreas
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Archer Daniels Midland Company
Decatur, Illinois, U.S.A.
Roberto C. Goizueta
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer The Coca-Cola Company
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Founder and Chairman of the Virgin Group of Companies
W. Galen Weston, O.C.
Chairman and President George Weston Limited
Israel Asper, O.C., Q.C.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer CanWest Global Communications Corp.
Laurent Beaudoin C.C., O.Q.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bombardier Inc.
Isadore Sharp, O.C.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Chairman, Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited, and Hutchison Whampoa Limited
Edward Rogers, O.C.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rogers Communications Inc.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
New York, NY, U.S.A.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Indigo Books and Music Inc. and
Gerald W. Schwartz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Onex Corporation
Chairman and Chief Global Strategist Starbucks Coffee Company
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Stephen A. Jarislowsky
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jarislowsky Fraser & Company Ltd.
Dame Anita Roddick
Founder, The Body Shop
President and Chief Executive Officer, Manulife Financial
N. Murray Edwards
Edco Financial Holdings Ltd.,
CEO and Co-Founder, Costco Wholesale Corporation
Founder & Chairman, Lululemon Athletica, Inc.
The Woodbridge Company
IDEA 2018 Recipient Arianna Huffington Visits the Asper School of Business
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35th Anniversary AGM & Member Recognition Dinner
The Associates are a unique group of top business leaders who share the Asper School of Business' commitment to excellence in business education.
An external organization created to advance the School's strategic development beyond what can be accomplished with public funding; the group is comprised of senior-level executives and leaders who understand the importance of having a strong, mutually beneficial relationship between the business community and the world-class business school that serves its higher-order education and research needs.
Membership in the Associates comes with numerous value-added programs and events. We share knowledge, experience and opportunities with each other and with the business leaders of tomorrow through our unique relationship with the School.
Message from the Chair Mr. John Proven
As Chair of the Associates of the Asper School of Business, I am looking forward to facilitating the continued development and growth of an association of successful business leaders dedicated to ensuring that Manitoba has a world-class business school.
Making the most of any business school's potential requires coordination, commitment and ongoing involvement from the business community. The Associates are the essential connection between the Manitoba business community and the Asper School of Business.
By sharing knowledge, experience, and networks with each other, we create an environment of excellence and relevance which will prepare Manitoba's future business leaders for the opportunities and challenges that await them; and will serve to ensure a prosperous future for the Manitoba economy.
Chair, the Associates
Message from Dean Dr. Gady Jacoby
The Associates is the finest program of its type in Canada. The Asper School of Business is indeed fortunate to have the continued strong support of the business community as it pursues its goal of excellence in management education. Over two hundred business men and women in Winnipeg and across Canada have assumed the commitment of the Associates through their annual membership.
Management education is undergoing major changes, and business schools must adapt to these changing conditions. As the Asper School of Business meets the challenges of the future, the Associates will be a vital part of the strategic initiatives undertaken. With the continued support of the business community, the Asper School of Business will maintain its reputation as one of the finest business schools in Canada.
Dr. Gady Jacoby
Dean and CPA Manitoba Chair in Business Leadership