New building for Schulich School of Business taking management education into the future at York University


Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building a hub for experiential education and research

TORONTO, January 10, 2019 – York University and the Schulich School of Business officially opened a new building today designed to bring industry into the classroom and to stimulate interdisciplinary research in fields ranging from business ethics and big data to global enterprise and real estate and infrastructure.

The Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building will accommodate academic program growth, modern research facilities and space for study and socializing. Its distinctive design, by Baird Sampson Neuert Architects, makes it one of the most environmentally sustainable and socially responsible academic buildings in North America.

The new building stands near the main entrance of York’s Keele campus, next to the TTC’s York University Station. Attached to Schulich’s existing complex, it is named in honour of long-time Schulich supporters Rob and Cheryl McEwen, who have donated $8 million to the university toward this expansion of Schulich’s facilities.

Ribbon cutting

Ribbon cutting for the official opening of the Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building

The $50-million project received $15 million in funding from the Government of Canada through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, which is dedicated to modernizing research and commercialization facilities, improving their environmental sustainability, and promoting economic activity. The project was also supported with $35 million from Schulich’s Leading Change fundraising campaign, including the McEwen donation, and York University.

The 67,000-square-foot building is one of the first to use the principles of Thermally Active Building Systems to achieve LEED Gold certification. A core feature of the environmentally responsible design is a dramatic glass solar chimney that rises 27 metres to provide passive natural ventilation for the entire building.

Schulich’s expanding academic and research agenda is reflected in the design of the project, which will house the Research Office for the internationally-recognized business school as well as four Centres of Excellence in areas of management education in which Schulich already excels. Three of these have been established: the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business, the Schulich Centre for Global Enterprise, and the Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure. A newly developed Centre of Excellence in Business Analytics and Artificial Intelligence is envisioned as a leading hub for business and academic collaboration, experiential education, and research. The Centre incorporates the Deloitte Cognitive Analytics and Visualization Lab, which is already exploring advances in predictive analytics, natural language processing, machine learning, analytics design and visualization, and data-based storytelling.

At the core of the building is a three-storey atrium built to provide opportunities for meetings between students, professors, researchers, staff and visitors. Classrooms and seminar rooms on the main floor, and lounges and seminar rooms on upper floors, surround the atrium, allowing for greater interaction and the stimulating exchange of ideas.

More information about the design of the building can be found here.

More information about the Centres of Excellence can be found here.


"Investments like today’s in York’s Schulich School of Business to expand its facilities are essential to help Canada excel in academia and research. By improving the infrastructure of this building, we improve access to services and programs to Canadians.” – David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development

“The Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building is an exciting addition to York University and to the Schulich School of Business, which consistently ranks among Canada’s leading business schools. This new hub for academic and business collaboration will offer York students tremendous new research and experiential education opportunities, so they are better equipped for the challenges of a rapidly-changing world.” – Rhonda L. Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University

“The Rob and Cheryl McEwen Graduate Study & Research Building will play an important role in helping to keep our School at the forefront of management education and research.” – Dezsö J. Horváth, Dean of Schulich School of Business.

“It is our hope that this building will inspire an explosion of collaborative research, innovation and unique student learning experiences. This is an incredible building, sustainable and state-of-the-art in so many ways, and a perfect reflection of Schulich’s standing as a world-class centre of management learning.” – Cheryl and Rob McEwen (CM, MBA ’78, LLD ’05)

Digital analytics lab
Mamdouh Shoukri Atrium
Ribbon cutting

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 25 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.
York U's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

Global, innovative and diverse, Schulich offers business programs year-round at its state-of-the-art complex at York University; at its Miles S. Nadal Management Centre located in the heart of the Toronto’s financial district; and at its new campus in Hyderabad, India. Schulich also operates a number of satellite centres in Beijing, China; Mumbai, India; Seoul, South Korea; Mexico City, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Schulich offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate business degrees that lead to rewarding careers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, and has more than 30,000 alumni working in over 90 countries. The School pioneered Canada’s first International MBA (IMBA) and International BBA (iBBA) degrees, as well as North America’s first ever cross-border Executive MBA degree, the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA. The School launched one of the world’s first Master of Business Analytics and Master of Real Estate and Infrastructure degrees and has one of the largest portfolios of Masters’-level degrees of any business school in North America. Schulich’s Executive Education Centre provides executive development programs annually to more than 10,000 executives in Canada and abroad.

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