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Dean - Wilfrid Laurier University, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

13 Nov 2023 1:19 PM | Pierre-Jean Darres (Administrator)

Position: Dean

Organization: Wilfrid Laurier University

Unit: Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

Wilfrid Laurier University is seeking an inspiring, engaging, visionary, leader with a deep commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and Decolonization as its Dean, Lazaridis School of Business and Economics.

The university’s 2019-2024 Strategy, Today. Tomorrow. Together. focuses on two distinct themes – thriving community and future-readiness – and positions Laurier to address societal and sector challenges and harness opportunities by leveraging foundational strengths in academic excellence, research, partnerships and community. In acknowledgement of its exemplary workplace policies and programs, and its commitment to sustainability and lifelong learning, Laurier was named one of the Waterloo Area’s Top Employers in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Laurier specializes in the humanities and social sciences, business and economics, music, science, social work, education and theology.

The Lazaridis School is one of Canada’s most selective and prestigious business and economics programs. With more than 33,000 alumni, 160 full-time faculty and 6,000 students, the Lazaridis School has the largest business-degree co-op program in Canada.

The mission of the Lazaridis School is to develop leaders with the skills in management and economics for a rapidly changing and complex global environment. We seek to advance knowledge and practices in these fields by supporting both theoretical and applied research. Furthermore, we strive to serve business and our community by fostering mutually beneficial alliances with leaders at local, national and international levels.

Located within one of the most vibrant start-up communities in Canada, the Lazaridis School which is accredited by AACSB offers undergraduate and graduate business and economics degrees along with a PhD in Management on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. Our Business Technology Management bachelor’s program is located on the university’s Brantford campus, and we offer a Master of Finance and MBA at our downtown Toronto location. In Kitchener, we operate an executive development program as part of the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President: Academic, the Dean of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics builds on the School’s strengths and reputation by inspiring a culture that encourages faculty, staff, and students to hold business and economics scholarship at Laurier to a higher purpose and standard.

The Dean is responsible for advancing the Lazaridis School’s academic mission and goals internally and externally; leading overall strategic and organizational management; supporting academic programming; promoting inclusive excellence, innovation, and operational efficiencies; ensuring a superior alumni and donor experience; and building a culture of belonging, collegiality, inclusiveness, justice, transparency, and community.

As a key advocate and representative for Laurier and the Lazaridis School, the Dean seeks and develops links within the University and with industry and community partners, as well as the Lazaridis School alumni nationally and around the world. Across Laurier the Dean is a visible, collaborative, and approachable leader, forging cohesion and alignment with the Laurier community and encouraging strong links with alumni, industry, and community partners for the benefit of a diverse student body.

The Dean empowers teams to ensure the current and future health, wellbeing, and support of students, staff, and faculty across our Waterloo, Milton, and Brantford campuses, as well as the Toronto MBA location. In word and deed, the Dean personifies the Lazaridis School experience of collaborative learning, leadership, team skill development, and coaching.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors (

Equity, diversity and creating a culture of inclusion are part of Laurier’s core values and central to the Laurier Strategy. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any minority sexual and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. Candidates from other equity deserving groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity & Accessibility We have strived to make our application process accessible, however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources. Contact information can be found at

To apply please click here: For further information and the full executive briefing document, please contact Collin Ritch and Nick Chambers at

Wilfrid Laurier University and its campuses are located on the Haldimand Tract, traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon Treaty between the Haudenosaunee and Anishnaabe peoples and symbolizes the agreement to share, protect our resources and not to engage in conflict.

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