Segal business school celebrates opening

May 04, 2006, volume 36, no. 1
By Diane Luckow

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The Segal graduate school of business is rolling out the red carpet for dignitaries and visitors who will help to celebrate its official opening on May 5 at 10:30 a.m.

SFU Pipe Band members and dignitaries will walk a red carpet from the Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue along Seymour and Pender streets to the new home of SFU business graduate programs at 500 Granville St.

Opening ceremonies will take place in the grand entrance hall, where Simon Fraser University will welcome guests from the federal and provincial governments and the City of Vancouver, as well as SFU chancellor emeritus Joseph Segal, whose gift initiated the new school.

Segal will speak at the opening ceremonies, representing the many donors who have given to the school's fundraising campaign. Special guests include campaign chair Don Rix and John Ellis, a former general manager of the Bank of Montreal which occupied the building until Segal bought it five years ago.

“With the opening of the Segal graduate school of business, SFU is achieving a new level of leadership in business education and establishing Vancouver on par with other major North American cities that benefit from downtown business schools,” says Michael Stevenson, president of SFU.

The heritage building has undergone a $20 million renovation which both retains its classic styling and modernizes it with the latest in educational technologies.

The designers salvaged many of the building's original features and materials, including marble columns, decorative plaster moldings, even the original cast-iron elevator and door frames, as well as 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 building has turned out to be a gem,” says Segal. “It's a jewel in the crown of SFU.” SFU business students, staff and faculty moved into the building in September.

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