Cape Breton University Honours George Unsworth with Establishment of Accounting Chair

Cape Breton University is proud to recognize the professional accomplishments and commitment to community, particularly to CBU, of George Unsworth, FCA, with the naming of the George Unsworth Chair in Accounting. The Chair is being officially launched on Monday, June 27 from 5-7 p.m. at Flavor 19 at the Lingan Golf & Country Club. At this time, the University will also introduce John MacKinnon, Dean of the Shannon School of Business, as the Chair’s first holder.

Established in June 2010 by CBU President & Vice-Chancellor, John Harker, the Chair is an important addition to the Shannon School of Business. “The Chair is meant to accomplish two very laudable goals. The first is to enhance Accounting as a major cornerstone of the Shannon School of Business and the second is to recognize, in a lasting and appropriate manner, the contributions, to his profession, his community, and this university, of Dr. George Unsworth, who was made a Doctor of Laws at CBU in October, 2006,” says President Harker. “Both George Unsworth and Chair John MacKinnon are fine individuals who exemplify not only the pivotal role in society played by accountants but also the greatness of the Cape Breton character, social concern, perseverance in the face of challenge, and an innovative cast of mind.”

As the first holder of the George Unsworth Chair in Accounting, John MacKinnon, FCA, envisions the Chair as a means to promote the advancement of accounting as a curriculum opportunity that prepares graduates to work in today’s global environment, to share research knowledge with the accounting profession and strengthen contributions to both the local and international community, particularly through support and education with and for the non-profit sector.

“I am very pleased to be the first holder of this important Chair. The Unsworth Chair supports the vision of the Shannon School of Business and its commitment to community and its students. Currently, faculty are already involved in research that supports the Chair’s mandate, exploring sustainable business and assisting non-profit organizations in reaching their business potential. Efforts initiated by this Chair will build on relationships established within the broader community, work toward creating new alliances and opportunities in the global sector and as always, prepare students to succeed in the fast-paced and continuously changing business world,” says Dean MacKinnon.

Throughout his career George Unsworth has been a loyal friend to Cape Breton University, as a champion of several projects and campaigns. He has served as a member of the Board of Governors – and several committees of the Board – at what was then known as the University College of Cape Breton. During his tenure on the Board of Governors, Unsworth was an active fundraiser for the university in general as well as the Athletics Department. He was also an extremely valuable member of Cape Breton University’s highly successful Future First fundraising campaign. Recently, and in true Unsworth fashion, direct and passionate about his cause, he secured the first donation in the amount of $50,000 from Nova Learning Inc. in support of the George Unsworth Chair in Accounting.

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