Cape Breton University Honours Business School Pioneer

Cape Breton University (CBU) is pleased to recognize the unwavering dedication of Sister Margaret Harquail, someone who has made a significant contribution to CBU’s business program. On Saturday, October 27, at 11 a.m., Cape Breton University will take great privilege in honouring Sister Harquail by officially naming the garden space between the Verschuren Centre and the Shannon School of Business – Harquail Gardens.  The event will bring together friends and family of Sister Harquail, including her nephew, the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, Government of Canada, for a meaningful ceremony.

“Just as it is important for our university to progress, it is equally important for us to recognize those who have been instrumental to our success. Sister Harquail had a vision for our fine business school, and through hard work and commitment she helped shape the school into what it is today. The Harquail Gardens will be a lovely reminder of Sister Harquail’s spirit and her contribution to the business community, while providing an inviting green space for the University community to enjoy,” says CBU President Dr. John Harker.

A visionary in her own right, Sister Harquail has been a pioneer on many fronts, with a list of firsts that is quite impressive. She was the first female to graduate from the Master of Business Administration program at Queens University and is the founder of Saint Francis Xavier College’s School of Business, Sydney Campus.  She established the School of Business Administration at the University College of Cape Breton, as well as the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM) certificate program. Sister Harquail was also instrumental in establishing the College of Cape Breton as a university, forming the Centre for Human and Organizational Development (Venture Concepts) and she was the founder of Women’s World Finance, the first Canadian affiliate of Women’s World Banking.

With a strong hand in the community, she reached out to many people whose potential was untapped and gave many individuals in Cape Breton the self-confidence to pursue an education. All of her accomplishments and workings were done with an extraordinary sense of purpose, ingenuity and untiring dedication.

Today, the Shannon School of Business (SSOB) has more than 1000 students and attracts close to 650 international students from countries worldwide. It offers bachelor’s degrees in business and hospitality and tourism management and is home to the only Master of Business Administration in Community Economic Development degree in the Americas. This past September, the SSOB opened the doors to its new business building.

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