Edmonton, Alberta – September 25, 2014 –The King’s University launched the Leder School of Business on September 25 with $12 million in donations and pledges by Christian business leaders. The school is named after one of the founding donors, John Leder, president of Edmonton-based Supreme Group that employs more than 1,000 workers at plants across Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest US.
“The Leder School of Business will offer business programs unique in Western Canada, but also give students the critical and strategic thinking needed to succeed in business and life,” said Dr. Melanie Humphreys, President of The King’s University.
It will offer programs and courses in five streams: Global Learning, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Accounting, and Distance Learning. A Centre for Applied Learning is being developed with leadership forums, corporate speakers, corporate mentor and in-service learning. Global awareness is integral to the principles of the Leder school of business that will incorporate international internships within its programs. Students will soon have international experience when they graduate, either through internships or by pursuing a term at a partnered University.
“At the core of the Leder School of Business is the emphasis on Christian values. These we not only nurture and foster within students to help them step into business roles, but we also point to their value in shaping businesses and in benefiting society more generally,” said business school Dean Dr. Elden Wiebe.
Over 100 King’s supporters, community leaders, media and Alberta’s newly appointed Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education and Deputy Government House Leader, Donald Scott, QC, were in attendance to celebrate this launch. Young people and parents were especially pleased that over $50,000 will be available each year in scholarships to students pursuing excellence at the Leder School of Business.
Universities partnering with the Leder School of Business will be announced in late October after Dr. Humphreys, Dr. Wiebe and VP Academic, Dr. Hank Bestman, return from signing Memorandums of Understanding in Europe.
About Kings University
Now celebrating its 35th year, The King’s University is a Christian institution offering fully accredited Bachelor degrees in Arts, Natural and Social Sciences, Humanities, Music, Commerce, as well as an Education after degree. King’s serves over 700 students from across Canada and abroad, representing more than 16 nations. The King’s University is recognized as Most Supportive Campus Environment of any Canadian institution, as measured by the 2013 National Survey of Student Engagement, and is in the top ten per cent of all colleges and universities in North America.
About the Leder School of Business
The Leder School of Business will build programs and courses in five streams: Global Learning, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, Accounting, and Distance Learning. A Centre for Applied Learning is being developed with leadership forums, corporate speakers, corporate mentor and in-service learning. A new and anticipated popular course is now being offered on Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Business. International internships, learning overseas opportunities, faculty exchanges, and other events announcements are coming soon.
About the Founder
John Leder is the president of Edmonton-based Supreme Group, Canada's largest private steel construction and fabrication firm. The company employs more than 1,000 workers at plants across Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Its long list of key projects includes the expansion at Edmonton International Airport, Calgary’s Bow Tower, Vancouver's new Port Mann Bridge, the Vancouver Convention Centre, and numerous oilsands, potash and diamond mine projects.
About the Dean
Dr. Wiebe earned degrees at Trinity Western University and Regent College, before receiving his doctorate at the University of Alberta in 2005. Dr. Wiebe is currently involved in two research projects which have received over $430,000 in funding by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Dr. Wiebe’s research has been presented at conferences in Greece, Spain, The Netherlands, England, Finland, Cyprus, France, the United States and throughout Canada.