Cape Breton University (CBU) is pleased to announce a $25,000 donation from RBC to support the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies at the University’s Shannon School of Business.
“Cape Breton University is fortunate to have the support of RBC for the Purdy Crawford Chair. The Chair is poised to make a significant impact across the country and will do so, in part, because of support from sincere and committed donors such as RBC,” says Dr. David Wheeler, CBU President & Vice-Chancellor. “Exciting things are happening and we look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.”
CBU is Atlantic Canada’s leader in Aboriginal post-secondary education. Named in honour of CBU honorary degree recipient and outstanding Canadian business mentor Purdy Crawford, the Chair’s mandate is to develop and recruit Aboriginal students to consider and embrace business education and the many opportunities it presents for them individually, and for their communities as a whole. Equally as important is the goal of creating a nationally recognized business curriculum relevant to the needs of Aboriginal communities and offering coordination of business advice for Aboriginal students through a university network of advisors.
“As the youngest and fastest growing segment of the Canadian population, Aboriginal communities have the potential to significantly influence the economic prosperity of our country,” says Kim Mason, RBC Regional President, Atlantic Canada. “CBU recognizes this important fact, and that is why we are pleased to support the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies with a $25,000 donation.”
Through consultation and collaboration with Aboriginal community leaders, CBU has created a successful model of education that has assisted more than 500 Aboriginal graduates achieve academic success in various disciplines.