Beedie School of Business

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Beedie School of Business
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Type Public
Established 1965
Dean Ali Dastmalchian
Academic staff
Undergraduates 3,800
Postgraduates 700 (MBA, EMBA ABL, EMBA, MSc Fin, MOT MBA, PhD, GDBA)
Location Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Beedie School of Business ("Beedie") at Simon Fraser University is in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and is currently the largest business school in Western Canada[citation needed]. Simon Fraser University was founded in 1965; by 1982, the business discipline had grown to sufficient size to become its own distinct faculty, and the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree was established.[1][citation needed].

The Beedie School of Business operates on all three Simon Fraser University campuses, with over 3,800 undergraduate BBA students in the Vancouver suburbs of Burnaby and Surrey; over 700 MBA and graduate students in the Segal Graduate School in downtown Vancouver and SFU Surrey; non-credit programs at the director, executive and management levels; and a PhD program.

In 1968, Beedie established the Executive MBA (EMBA) program, the first of its kind in Canada. Since 2000, the school has launched the Management of Technology MBA, the Master of Science in Finance program, and a full-time and part-time MBA. In 2011, the school launched the world's first Executive MBA for the Americas in partnership with graduate business schools at Vanderbilt University (U.S.), Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (Mexico) and Institute of Management Foundation (Brazil). That same year, it launched Canada's first EMBA for Aboriginal Business and Leadership. In 2014, the school introduced the Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization, a part-time certificate program providing research scientists and engineers with the frameworks, perspectives, and techniques needed for fostering product development and commercialization.

The Beedie School of Business has achieved international accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). The school is also committed to integrating the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Beedie is ranked in the top ten business schools in Canada by Maclean's.[2]

In 2011 the school received a donation in the amount of $22 million from alumnus Ryan Beedie and his father Keith, establishing the Beedie School of Business. In 2016, Beedie alumnus Charles Chang presented a $10 million gift to Simon Fraser University to establish the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship.


SFU Burnaby Campus


The Burnaby Mountain campus is home to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) undergraduate program, which hosts over 3,800 students.


SFU's Surrey campus is a 30,000 square-metre institution located at Central City in Surrey. The building, designed by architect Bing Thom, has won numerous national and international awards.[3] The Beedie School of Business offers the undergraduate Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program and the Part-Time MBA Program at the Surrey campus.

Downtown Vancouver: Segal Graduate School[edit]

A 1916 building located at the corner of Granville and Pender Streets in downtown Vancouver, the Segal Graduate School is home to SFU's graduate business programs. It honors the university's former chancellor and SFU Beedie School of Business supporter Joseph Segal.

Opened in 2005 and previously the Western Canada headquarters for the Bank of Montreal, the building underwent a $20 million renovation under architect Paul Merrick. The designers were able to retain many of the building's original features and materials, including marble columns, decorative plaster mouldings and stair balustrades. Two of the original vault doors were refurbished and installed as a decorative feature at the entrance to the student commons area.

The downtown campus of the Beedie School of Business is home to all graduate programs, including: the Executive MBA, MBA, Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership, Management of Technology MBA, Master of Science in Finance, Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, and Ph.D.

Undergraduate Programs[edit]

Bachelor of Business Administration[edit]

SFU Surrey Campus

The three-term system at the Beedie School of Business allows for customization of programs, which supports each individual student's goals and lifestyle. Students enroll for daytime or evening courses in the spring, summer or fall semesters. Undergraduate business students may choose to study at the Burnaby or Surrey campus.

Under the BBA Program options, students have a number of choices:

  • A Business Major or Joint Major - consists of a minimum of 120 units
  • A Business Honors or Joint Honours - consists of a minimum of 132 units
  • A Business Minor - consists of 43 units

Students may choose from a number of different concentrations within the BBA program:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Business
  • Management Information Systems
  • Operations Management
  • Marketing

The Beedie School of Business offers Business Major and Business Joint Major students the opportunity to tailor their studies with one or more Business Certificate programs:

  • Certificate in Business Analytics and Decision Making (BADM)
  • Certificate in Business Technology Management (BTM)
  • International Experiential Learning Certificate (IELC)

The following Business Certificate programs are open to both Business and non-Business students:

  • Charles Chang Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Corporate Environmental And Social Sustainability (CESS) Certificate

Co-operative Education Program (Co-op)[edit]

The Beedie Co-operative Education Program (Co-op) is one of the largest co-op programs in Western Canada. Participating in the Beedie Co-op Program allows students to gain full-time paid work experience during their studies.

Graduate Programs[edit]

SFU at Downtown Segal campus

Master of Business Administration[edit]

The MBA is a full-time, 12-month program for those with undergraduate degrees in areas other than business, and less than five years of professional work experience. Upon completion of the program, students may enter a three- to eight-month internship to gain essential work experience. The program is also focused on the importance of strategic, long-term decision making coupled with making current, day-to-day operational decisions brought on by dynamic environments and unforeseen circumstances [4]

Executive Master of Business Administration[edit]

For experienced managers, professionals and emerging business leaders, the Executive MBA is designed to develop leadership skills and core capabilities in strategic analysis and change management. Classes for this 19-month program are held Friday and Saturday on alternate weekends.

Americas MBA for Executives[edit]

The two-year degree program, a stream of SFU's Executive MBA program, provides 60 students with the opportunity to study management issues in each of the four largest economies in the Americas: Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Along with the Beedie School of Business at SFU, participating schools include: FIA Business School, Fundacao Instituto De Administracao, São Paulo, Brazil; ITAM, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico; and Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management, Nashville, Tenn., USA.

Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership[edit]

The Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership explores contemporary business issues and knowledge while recognizing that the traditional protocols and ways of understanding the world are also growing and changing as new generations assume responsibility for moving forward. The program includes the core concepts and knowledge included in most MBA programs.

Master of Business Administration in Management of Technology[edit]

An MBA designed for those in the technology sector, the MOT MBA enables engineers and scientists to transition into management roles or, as managers, enhance their understanding of the unique demands of those sectors. This is a part-time program with classes held Monday and Wednesday evenings for 24 months.

Master of Science in Finance[edit]

The Master of Science in Finance (M.Sc. Finance) is an intensive 16-month, full-time program (with a 12-month option) designed to develop analytical and technical skills in finance and risk management.

Graduate Diploma in Business Administration[edit]

The Graduate Diploma is earned in 12 months of part-time study.

Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization[edit]

Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization is a part-time certificate program that provides students with the frameworks, perspectives, and techniques for fostering product development and commercialization, whether for an existing firm or with their own start-up venture. The Certificate is open to graduate students, post-doctoral students, faculty and recent alumni of both SFU and UBC graduate programs in science, engineering, health and environmental sciences.

PhD in Business Administration[edit]

The PhD is designed for those who want to develop strong research skills, publish and instruct at leading academic institutions. Each student is matched with a faculty member who guides the student’s research in an area of specialization based on their shared interests.

Jack Austin Centre for Asia-Pacific Business Studies[edit]

Jack Austin Centre for Asia-Pacific Business Studies is a joint venture of Beedie School of Business and Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. The goal of the Centre is to carry out research, outreach and training activities on business issues that are relevant to Canada’s interests in the Asia Pacific region, The initial focus of the Centre will be on:

  • Canada-Asia two-way investment
  • Corporate governance in the Asia Pacific region
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship

The centre was named to recognize Jack Austin’s exceptional contribution to Canada-Asia relations. Austin has championed stronger relations between Canada and Asia since 1971, when as deputy minister of Energy, Mines and Resources he was part of the first Canadian trade mission to China. He served as president of the Canada China Business Council for seven years and co-chair of the Canada-China Legislative Association for five. He was instrumental in establishing the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in 1984 and in creating an endowment for the foundation in 2005. Austin was a member of the Senate of Canada for 32 years, representing British Columbia. He retired in March 2007.

Notable alumni[edit]