Advancing Business Education
The Associates are the leaders, the innovators, the entrepreneurs who advance the Manitoba Economy.
Since 1982, The Associates have been dedicated to the advancement of business education at the I.H. Asper School of Business. Comprised of more than 300 senior executives, the Associates link the Asper School to the business community through mentorship, networking and philanthropy.
Associates Grandpre Endowment Fund
Launched January 22, 2021
Dr. Arnold Naimark (UofM President), John Fraser (first Associates Chair), & Roland Grandpre (Dean, Management)
Dean Emeritus Roland Grandpre presided over the creation of the Associates and played an integral role in our ability to connect and engage a diverse and dynamic network of business leaders to ensure the success of the Asper School of Business. We are forever grateful for his significant contributions to our business school and our community.
I am pleased to advise you that the Associates through our University of Manitoba Business School Foundation have established a fund to honour his memory that will support Asper students in financial need. There are still many students, who despite the talent and determination to succeed in university, may be burdened by financial barriers. Supporting students is a key piece of The Associates’ role within the school community and, as a result, is an important part of Roland Grandpre’s legacy. The Associates are proud to now have yet another avenue to support students and have made the first donation of $50,000. Thank you to our Associates for making this initial contribution possible. The endowment will be open for all to contribute. This may be done by clicking here to make your own personal gift today.
The announcement of the fund will be made public tomorrow, Friday, January 22, 2021 at the Asper School’s service honoring Dean Grandpre. Dean Emeritus Roland Grandpre’s legacy and spirit will live on with this award, and as a group we will draw inspiration from it and continue to flourish. This is the fitting tribute to the Founder of our organization.
This legacy gift has been made possible through our collectivity, and would not be possible without your continued support. Once again, thank you all.
Chair, The Associates
Regional Managing Partner, MNP LLP
The Associates are the leaders, the innovators, the entrepreneurs who advance the Manitoba economy. Since 1982, the Associates have been dedicated to the advancement of the business education at the I.H. Asper School of Business. Comprised of more than 300 senior executives, the Associates link the Asper School to the business community through mentorship, networking and philanthropy.
Inspired by their mission statement: Learn, Connect, Give Back. Since 1993 the Young Associates have linked young professionals to the business community offering developmental and networking forums. It is Manitoba’s premier network of young professionals connected to the I.H. Asper School of Business.
Awarded first in 1984, IDEA honours international entrepreneurial success. The recipients are presented with the iconic IDEA medallion which they receive at the Associates annual IDEA dinner. The Associates’ tremendous efforts and influence ensures IDEA achieves increasing success by celebrating extraordinary recipients. IDEA generates international awareness and notoriety to the I.H. Asper School of Business and the entire University of Manitoba and serve as an inspiration for students and community.
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