media release

Beedie school receives antique share collection

May 02, 2014

Ross MacDonald-Allan, SFU Beedie, 778.782.9492,
John Morton, SFU Beedie, 778.782.5038,


Former member of the Canadian Senate Jack Austin has donated a rare collection of historical business share certificates to Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business.

The collection comprises 24 certificates and will be displayed at SFU’s Segal Graduate School of Business in downtown Vancouver.

It includes certificates issued by the Chinese government (1913), British Canadian Lumber (1911) and the City of Moscow, from pre-Tsarist Russia (1908).

“We are extremely grateful to Jack Austin for this generous donation of certificates, which are not only of historical significance, but also have artistic merit,” said Daniel Shapiro, Dean of the Beedie School of Business.

Resembling sheets of antique postage stamps or engravers’ art, the certificates represent a snapshot of global business at the turn of the 20th century.

According to Austin, the collection represents two themes: globalization, and capital markets.

It illustrates stories of both success and failure, in a period of history when revolutions, war and global economic integration impacted companies’ well being.

“These certificates are an excellent reminder to today’s generation of investors to be careful with their investments,” said Austin.

“As we have moved to electronic anonymity since the 1980s, many share certificates have become collectors’ items. They could be either simply or beautifully designed, and many are virtual works of art.”

Jack Austin was a member of the Senate of Canada for 32 years, representing British Columbia. He was instrumental in establishing the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada in 1984 and in creating an endowment for the foundation in 2005.

The Beedie School of Business has a long-standing relationship with Austin, and hosts the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies in partnership with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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