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School of Sports Administration

Our Business is Sport

SPAD Students' Stories

Our mission is to develop future business leaders, especially for the sport industry through an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, industry integration, experiential learning, and innovative scholarship.

SPAD is the only undergraduate business school in sport management in Canada. While it is the best preparation for working in the sports industry, the SPAD degree is also valued by many non-sports organizations. Since SPAD graduates are great team players with tremendous work ethic (as well as being outgoing, engaged, and creative thinkers) financial institutions, insurance companies,marketing firms, brand agencies, consumer packaged goods producers and distributors, apparel companies, digital firms, start-ups and many other companies in a variety of industries prefer to hire our graduates. The knowledge and skills developed in SPAD are desirable across all industries and valued by all organizations.



Consult the Program Sheet from the year you started the program in your SPAD Handbook

September 2020 

September 2019 

September 2018

September 2017

September 2016

September 2015

The SPAD office is open Tuesdays and  Fridays from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM. Closed Monday Wednesday, Thursday and for lunch from 12 PM - 1PM.

Faculty office hours are: 

Dana Ellis - 

Kamran Eshghi -

Claude Vincent - 

Kathleen Zinn - 

Darryl Moxam - 

Andrew Dale - 

Location - FA-340

Telephone - 705-675-1151 ext 4834



To book an appoinment with the Academic Advisor, Dr. Dana Ellis, please email with your questions and request to clarify your academic concerns.

Business Attire

The School of Sports Administration is a business school. Therefore, students should present themselves in a way that is consistent with the professional standards expected in the industries SPAD serves. When attending any meetings, classes, or other professional interactions students should present themselves in a professional manner that is reflective of how they hope to be perceived. When meeting a guest of the program or attending an interview, or other event in a professional setting, traditional business attire is strongly recommended.

Some general guidelines one might want to also consider include: never wear any hats indoors (unless for religious purposes), avoid white socks with dress shoes, and good personal hygiene while avoiding strong perfumes and make-up are good practices to adopt.

Transfer and Re-Admission

Any student wishing to transfer from a program at Laurentian University to the School of Sports Administration must contact the Admissions Office within the Laurentian University Registrar’s Office. The student will need to complete a transfer request prior to February 1 in order to be considered for admission into the BCom SPAD for the following September. Any student that was removed from or left SPAD must follow the same transfer process as other Laurentian University students.

The Admissions Office will inform the Director of the School of Sports Administration of all qualified applicants. The decision will be based on availability of space in the program and in competition with all internal and external applications. Due to the external application process taking until June, it may take until early June to determine if there is room for accepting transfer students. Those with a strong academic application though will likely be admitted in February.

Academic Probation

Students who are not in good academic standing are considered to be on academic probation. If a student is not in good academic standing for two consecutive school years, they will be removed from the SPAD program. Students may reapply for admission to the program after a year removed from the program, but they must be in good academic standing in order to be considered for readmission.

Good academic standing in SPAD is defined as at least a grade point average of 4 and no more than 3 credits of failure in the previous 30 credits taken. If a student fails a course while on academic probation, they will be removed from the program.



The internship courses (SPAD 4005 and SPAD 4006) and all interactions with the industry are important components of the applied nature of the SPAD program and provide valuable and relevant industry experience. Many of the great opportunities available to students have come about through long-running and strong relationships with industry partners who have come to expect superior quality in SPAD students. In an effort to maintain these strong and fruitful relationships, SPAD maintains strict policies when it comes to internships.

Once a student has accepted an internship they cannot quit the internship without first getting permission from the Internship Coordinator. Commitment and dependability are important lessons for any professional. If other opportunities arise students are not permitted to break their commitment to an organization. If problems or concerns about internships arise, students must contact the Internship Coordinator immediately to discuss their concerns and work with the Coordinator at resolving the issues or receiving permission to end the internship. If ever students find themselves being placed in a situation during their internship that is perceived to be dangerous, immoral, or illegal they are to immediately remove themselves from the situation and immediately contact the Internship Coordinator.

If a student is dismissed by the partner organization or is given a failing grade by the employer/internship supervisor, the student will receive a grade of F for the course. Students who receive a grade of F in an internship course or quit an internship without the permission of the Internship Coordinator will not be permitted to take another internship for one calendar year and must meet with the Internship Coordinator and School Director to discuss the situation.

Students are encouraged to review all their graded work and to learn from the corrections and feedback supplied by the professors. If a student does not understand a grade they received, they should ask to meet with the professor to review the assignment. After meeting with the professor, if a student believes that they were not treated or graded fairly, they should arrange a meeting with the School Director to discuss the situation. All students have the right to appeal any grade they were awarded and can begin the process by first meeting with the professor of the course and then with the Director of the School.

Laurentian University has a number of Support Services that students can access.

SPAD Student Council -  Twitter: @LU_SPADCouncil  Facebook:

Centre for Academic Excellence - Telephone: 705-675-1151 ext. 3300    E-mail:

IT Service Desk - Telephone: 705-675-1151 ext. 2200  E-mail:

Accessibility Services - Telephone:  705-675-1151 ext. 3324   E-Mail:

Health and Wellness Services - Telephone:   705-675-673-6546 or 705-675-1151 ext. 1067

Counselling Services - Telephone: 705-673-6506  or 705-675-1151 ext. 6506   E-mail:

Security, Risk and Parking - Telephone:  705-673-6562 or 705-675-1151 ext. 6562

SafeWalk Service - Telephone:      705-562-5456



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