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About Us - FOM

"Our destiny is not written for us, but by us." - Barack Obama

Our Foundation

  • 1960: The division of Business Administration is created.
  • 1969: The School of Commerce and Administration is founded.
  • 1969: The Honours Bachelor of Commerce (H.B.Com) is launched.
  • 1972: The Honours Bachelor of Commerce (H.B.Com Sports Administration)an innovative program developed at Laurentian that combined studies in physical education and commerce and the School of Sports Administration is launched.
  • 1982-85: The Baccalauréat spécialisé en commerce is launched.
  • 1983: The Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (precursor to MBA) is created.
  • 1985: Small Business Counselling Service was created evolving to support the Regional Business Centre housed within the City of Greater Sudbury’s Tom Davies Civic Square
  • 1987: The master's program in Business Administration is created (MBA).
  • 2001: The Institute of Sports Marketing (ISM) is created.
  • 2002: The online H.B.Com and MBA programs are created - in Partnership with the Certified General Accountants of Canada (CGA-Canada).
  • 2005: The Faculty of Management, which houses the School of Commerce and Administration as well as the School of Sports Administrationis created.
  • 2006: The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) is launched at the Barrie campus along with the MBA program extension.
  • 2007: The Honours Bachelor of Commerce and Computer Science is launched.
  • 2012: The dual degree program with Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics (ZUFE) is announced.
  • 2014: The Faculty of Management becomes a member of AACSB International and EPAS, working actively towards initial accreditation.
  • 2015: Degree program changes from H.B.Com to BBA/BAA.
  • 2016: EPAS Accreditation is obtained for the BBA and H.B.Com SPAD.
  • 2017: New degree programs in all disciplines are introduced in addition to the general BBA/BAA, in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources Management, International Management, Marketing, and Operations.
  • 2019: The Faculty of Management is re-accredited by EPAS for BBA and H.B.Com SPAD.
  • 2019: The Faculty of Management is accredited by EPAS for BAA.

Today’s Faculty of Management (FoM - formerly School of Commerce) at Laurentian University is a leading business school delivering an EPAS accredited curriculum across its BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration), BAA (Baccalauréat en administration des affaires) and HBCom SPAD (Honours Bachelor of Commerce, Sports Administration) degrees with well-respected scholars leading their fields.  It is an exciting time to be a part of Laurentian’s Faculty of Management with amazing applied learning opportunities and vibrant campus engagement between students, staff, and faculty.

The Faculty of Management has a strong history of innovation and resilience beginning in 1960 with the fresh new concept of a University in the core of the City of Sudbury.  Since then, the growth and expansion of the program has mirrored the growth and expansion of the region. 

With the creation of an Honours Bachelor of Commerce (HBCom) degree in the late 1960s, followed by the innovative combination of sport, physical education and business to create the first, and Canada’s only, School of Sports Administration in the early 1970’s. Fast forward a decade to the creation of a Master’s of Business Administration and the development of a French Language HBCom between 1982 and 1985, and you start to see the development of a School of Commerce responding to the needs of a complex and prosperous Northern Ontario. 

The FoM has also developed several initiatives aimed at satisfying various demands within communities of Northern Ontario, as well as new clientele. These include distance education programs, out of campus programs, as well as professional development organizations. Between 1989 and 2002, a distance education BAA program was offered to Francophone students mostly located in rural areas of Ontario, Quebec, and elsewhere in Canada. Since the early 2002 until 2016, HBCom and MBA courses have been offered online to CGA Canada, as part of the merging agreement between the former accounting designations. At the time, the School of Commerce faculty members competed successfully against 12 other universities to obtain this mandate. These programs are still in place and are open to the general public. Since 1998 the organization Professions North/ Professions Nord (PNN) was created in order to help professional newcomers such as health care staff (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, surgeons etc.) and others (engineers, geologists, technical staff) to settle into Canada’s management environment. Between 2006 and 2017, the re-organized Faculty of Management offered BBA and MBA courses at the Laurentian campus in Barrie, Ontario. Finally, since the early 1980s, faculty members have maintained a Small Business Counselling Service offered by students through the Regional Business Centre housed within Greater Sudbury’s Civic Square. FoM graduates are often responsible for the program, which also involves the municipality, banks, lenders, and the local colleges, Boréal and Cambrian.

While the School of Commerce has consistently been a strong group of faculty and students, developing accomplished alumni - organization leaders and community builders alike, the Faculty of Management has evolved in the shadows of some of the outstanding contributions Laurentian University has made to local and global industries like mining innovation, earth science, engineering and recently a school of architecture.  Laurentian University is home to Canada’s newest Medical School, NOSM, and through all this, the School of Commerce developed and matured, becoming the Faculty of Management in the early 2000’s housing three (3) departments: Accounting, Finance & Operations, and Marketing & Management, as well as Canada’s premier sports business leader, the School of Sports Administration.

Graduates from the Laurentian Faculty of Management can be seen in all walks of life and in various areas of the world, even if half of them are active in Northern Ontario. While most others are in the rest of the province or in Quebec, significant online programs’ graduates are located in China and other Asian countries. Several clusters of former foreign full-time and visiting students are in Francophone Western Africa, in Western Europe (France and Italy), as well as in Indian Ocean or South Pacific and Caribbean countries or territories.

Our graduates can be found in all levels of government as elected officials, top ranking civil servants, CEOs of companies and sports organizations, international entities such as the World Bank, and international business consulting firms in all areas of management. Remarkably, the integration of entrepreneurial activities in the curriculum has resulted in a 20 percent proportion of graduates who are self-employed, which is among the top rates among business schools. Our graduates also manage companies and organizations across all sectors, from arts & entertainment organizations to hospitals, mining firms, transportation companies, education institutions at all levels, banks, insurance and financial firms, utilities, manufacturing, trade, real estate, IT firms, tourism/service/accommodation and start-ups as well as many other services.

With EPAS accreditation across all degrees, the FoM is also a signatory to the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and is a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Faculty of Management boasts about its Work Integrated Learning opportunities (BBA, BAA, MBA) and Internships (SPAD) in applied environments preparing students across industries and functions for the competitive global workplaces they enter upon graduation. Today’s Faculty of Management is proudly connected to its significant alumni network, featuring two distinct Executives in Residence: Jonathan Goodman and Tom Blake. Former executives in residence include Fred Stanford, former CEO and currently Executive Chair of the Board of Torex Gold.

The roots of Laurentian University’s Faculty of Management are well established, featuring strong education leadership with world class professors and industry professionals that are both alumni and connected to what matters most to students.  With the rich history, strong industry contact network and resilient core of business leaders the school has produced, the Faculty of Management has its sights set squarely on the horizon.  It is the dawn of a new era and the future is bright for Laurentian University’s Faculty of Management. 

Contact Information


Dean's Office

Tel: 705-675-1151 ext. 2640
Business Manager: Amanda McTiernan


School of Business Administration

Local: 705-675-1151 ext. 2122
Administrative Assistants: Brenna MacMillan & Diane Rabouin



School of Sports Administration 

Local: 705-675-1151 ext. 4834
Administrative Assistant: Angèle Gosselin-Mainville

Master of Business Administration 

Local: 705-675-1151 ext. 6715
Administrative Assistant: Angèle Gosselin-Mainville