The Guelph Business Difference | College of Business and Economics

The Guelph Business Difference

Our Business+ learning philosophy means that our graduates receive more than just a degree. We are committed to developing and inspiring future business leaders to make a positive impact in their communities by embedding issues of corporate social responsibility and sustainability within our curriculum. We are committed to engaging in authentic and meaningful partnerships with community members, businesses and associations with whom we share a common vision. Our students are frequently in the community working on applied learning projects, competing in national competitions, and engaging in impactful research.

Read more about what makes us unique.

Business plus social responsibility 

Our mission is to develop and be Leaders for a Sustainable World. We believe that business can be used as a tool for economic, environmental and social betterment. We strive to develop students who follow sustainable and ethical business practices, and conduct business in a way that benefits the greater community. We are both signatories and champions of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), an institution which promotes responsible and ethical business education.

Below are just some of our students, faculty and alumni who are using business to make a difference in the world.

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Gavin Armstrong (BComm alum) helps fight iron deficiency in Cambodia
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Prof. Chris Choi researches tourist behaviour within sustainable tourism industry
Read more on Chris's research
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BComm student, Najma Amin, presents at the PRME Canada Regional Meeting
Learn more about Najma

Business plus entrepreneurship

It’s amazing what one idea can become when a student has the knowledge and support necessary to develop it into a business. As a Guelph business student, you'll have plenty of opportunities to engage in entrepreneurship. Whether you need funding and support to start your own business, or you'd just like to explore topics and courses in entrepreneurship, the Centre for Business and Student Enterprise (CBaSE) is here to help.

Below are just some of entrepreneurial activities available to Guelph business students.

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First year BComm students put their business skills to the test during Lemonade Day. All profit was donated to the United Way.
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The Micro-Tyco Challenge:  MGMT*1000 students start their own business with the goal of raising as much profit as possible within 30 days to help support entrepreneurs in developing countries.
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The Centre for Business and Student Enterprise (CBaSE) Hub Program has incubated some incredible start-ups.

Business plus transformational learning

Preparing for the workplace is crucial in order for you to become a responsible and effective member of the business community. Transformational learning, or "learning-by-doing" is an essential part of all of our programs. We are committed to offering our students engaging, applied, and flexible learning opportunities - ones that have the potential to transform your understanding of your major or specialization. Working and learning with our dedicated and enthusiastic faculty and staff, will help you grow and fulfill your true potential.

Below are just some of the ways Guelph business students can transform their educational experience.

Business Career Development Centre
Our team of career development professionals will help you gain skills to land your ideal job after graduation.
Visit the Business Career Development Centre page
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Drop the textbooks and get to work! Our Business Consulting Course gets you out of the classroom and working on a business plan for a real organization - for a course credit!
Learn more about the Business Consulting Course
MBA Students take the PepsiCo Challenge
Guelph MBA students presented a live case study to PepsiCo executives.
Read more on the PepsiCo case

Business plus research diversity

We contribute theoretical and applied research in a diverse range of fields and themes. We value the creation of advanced knowledge on a globally competitive basis, its application to local problems and the development of socially useful solutions.

Below are examples of the breadth and diversity of our research expertise.

Professor Ross McKitrick
Professor Ross McKitrick discusses how environmental economics can be applied to policy making 
Faculty Agnes Zdaniuk
Professor Agnes Zdaniuk explores the impact of leadership to mistreatment in the workplace
Learn more about Agnes's research
Faculty Sunghwan Yi
Professor Sunghwan Yi explores what drives compulsive and impulsive buyers
Read more on Sunghwan's research