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
IDEA Postponed to May 27, 2021
After an extensive review the IDEA committee has decided to further postpone IDEA to May 27, 2021.
This decision is being made to adhere to COVID distancing measures and the overarching belief that IDEA, as Manitoba’s premiere business event, has to be done right! While we will not be raising a glass to toast you all this fall, we will be back bigger and better than ever in the spring!
We all look forward to honouring Dr. Ernest Rady, whom the Associates have also nominated to receive the Order of Manitoba. He will be inducted as part of our IDEA 2021 celebration. While many suggested a virtual event, we have all come to realize we miss the shared IDEA experience. Dinner, conversation, tributes, and the entertainment are all part of a gala that cannot be captured on-line. Our thanks specifically to Arni Thorsteinson and the the IDEA committee for their leadership throughout these challenging times.
We look forward to you joining us on May 27, 2021! Thank you for your continued support of the Associates and the Asper School of Business. Whether financially or through volunteering, we appreciate what you do for the Associates, Asper students, the faculty and for our great Manitoba community. All sponsorship and tickets purchased and/or reserved for IDEA 2020 will be valid for IDEA 2021. If you have not reserved your tables or partnership opportunity, please contact AnnaMaria Toppazzini at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to watch an important message of graditude from Dr. Ernest Rady.
Click here to view the 2019-2020 Annual Report.
Dear Associates, This has been a most unusual year. The first six months from last summer and fall promised to be the best ever with growth in membership and record levels of revenue. We entered 2020 on a high note with an asterisk: Our integrated world economy and...
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.