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January 24, 2012 09:00 ET

University of Calgary: New centre to develop ethical business leaders

University of Calgary to open Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Jan. 24, 2012) - A major $9.5 million initiative at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business aims to empower the next generation of business leaders with the creation of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business.

The centre is being funded by four founding donors who are passionate about values-driven business and have a vision to create a national leadership centre that will set the bar for up-and-coming business leaders. Spurred by its mission to define and teach ethical business standards and enhance organizational performance, the centre will impart these leadership skills in a variety of ways, impacting every aspect of the student experience with hands-on learning that students can take from the classroom directly to the boardroom.

"Our vision is to be an internationally recognized centre of excellence in business education, research and outreach," says Leonard Waverman, dean of the Haskayne School of Business. "Beginning with leadership education for undergraduates, extending this to graduate students and generating new research fulfills our principle mission."

The founding donors of the centre are Mac and Susan Van Wielingen and their family (through the Viewpoint Foundation), ARC Resources Ltd. (led by CEO John Dielwart), ARC Financial Corp. (led by CEO Kevin Brown), and Kevin and Nadine Brown (through the Brown Family Foundation).

Mac Van Wielingen, a founder of both the Calgary-based energy investment firm ARC Financial, and leading oil and gas company ARC Resources, was instrumental in moving this project forward, motivated by his extensive experience and what he sees as a clear need in society for a higher level of leadership in the business sector.

"Calgary is one of the most enterprising cities in Canada, even globally, and it is fitting that we have a leadership centre that is at the forefront of leadership development and education," says Van Wielingen. "Through this initiative we have the opportunity to contribute to the success of leadership through education. We can provide innovative, proven and progressive experiences to students, bring relevant financial resources to these efforts, and reach out to the dynamic business community of Calgary through the Haskayne School of Business."

"This new centre puts the University of Calgary at the top of its class," says Elizabeth Cannon, university president and vice-chancellor. "We are drawing on the expertise and experience of the many world-class leaders in our community-in particular, the visionary founding donors to this new centre-to fuel the University of Calgary's pursuit of excellence in research, industry partnerships, community contributions, and in our efforts to foster and support the many talented emerging student leaders in our midst."

This leadership initiative is the latest investment in student leadership development, a priority focus for the University of Calgary. Last November, a three-year institution-wide pilot program in Leadership and Student Engagement was launched, co-ordinating and enhancing student leadership programs and activities under one cohesive, all-encompassing umbrella.

The Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business is expected to launch in the fall of 2012.

What: Announcement of a major new business leadership initiative at the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 24. 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Where: BMO Financial Group Forum, 3rd floor of Scurfield Hall on the University of Calgary campus:

Who: Mac and Susan Van Wielingen and family, Viewpoint Foundation

ARC Resources Ltd., CEO, John Dielwart

ARC Financial Corp., CEO, Kevin Brown

Kevin and Nadine Brown, Brown Family Foundation

Elizabeth Cannon, President and Vice Chancellor, University of Calgary

Leonard Waverman, Dean, Haskayne School of Business

The University of Calgary is a leading Canadian university located in the nation's most enterprising city. The university has a clear strategic direction - "Eyes High" - to become one of Canada's top five research universities by 2016, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community of Calgary. For more information, visit

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