Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law Launches at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business

    New Centre First of its Kind in Canada

    TORONTO, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - York University's Osgoode Hall Law School and
Schulich School of Business, two world-class professional schools, today
marked the beginning of a new era in Canadian business and law education and
scholarship with the launch of the Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business
and Law.
    The Hennick Centre - which has been made possible by a generous gift of
$3 million from Jay and Barbara Hennick - will promote and develop joint
business and law scholarship, education and outreach in Canada.
    Jay Hennick, a York graduate in sociology (BA'78) with a law degree from
the University of Ottawa, is Founder and CEO of FirstService Corporation, one
of North America's largest globally-diversified real estate service companies.
In 2001, he was named Canada's CEO of the year by Canadian Business magazine.
Barbara Hennick is a chartered accountant (CA'83) with a Bachelor of Commerce
degree (BCom'80) from the University of Toronto.
    Central to the Hennick Centre's contributions to joint business and law
education and scholarship will be the existing LLB/MBA program (recently
renamed the JD/MBA) that was jointly established by Osgoode and Schulich in
the mid-70s and the new Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance
at Osgoode and Schulich established in 2006. The Centre will play an important
role in raising awareness of the need for such education and scholarship in
today's complex, globalized world. Towards this end, it will undertake a wide
range of comprehensive, multi-faceted initiatives involving students, faculty,
practising lawyers, business and legal community leaders and public
    Donors Jay and Barbara Hennick, whose generosity in helping to create the
Hennick Centre is the latest of many examples of their giving back to the
community, believe that without basic training and education in both business
and law, future leaders from the legal profession, as well as from the
private, public and non-profit sectors, will not be adequately prepared to
    "It is our hope the new Hennick Centre will bring together the best and
brightest students, scholars and practitioners from both business and law to
prepare Canada's leaders of tomorrow to compete, win and contribute at home
and abroad," said Jay and Barbara Hennick.
    "The Schulich School of Business integrates global and triple bottom line
principles, including social, economic and sustainable considerations, across
all programs. This ensures that graduates understand and can work within the
multiple frameworks that impact management decision-making, including legal,
ethical and governance frameworks. The research, teaching and outreach
activities of the new Hennick Centre will make important contributions to our
understanding of these interrelated frameworks," said Dezsö J. Horvath, Dean
of the Schulich School of Business.
    "For more than a century, Osgoode Hall Law School has led the most
important developments in Canadian legal education. And today is no
exception," said Osgoode Dean Patrick Monahan. "Along with our core legal and
business curriculum, the Hennick Centre will provide a unique offering for
students, and help prepare them to compete in today's knowledge-based
    Edward Waitzer, Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair in Corporate Governance at
Osgoode and Schulich and a Senior Partner at Stikeman Elliott LLP, is the
inaugural Director of the Hennick Centre. Osgoode Professor Poonam Puri,
Co-Research Director of Canada's Expert Panel on Securities Regulation, and
Schulich Professor Andrew Crane, George R. Gardiner Professor of Business
Ethics, are the Associate Directors.
    The Hennick Centre will benefit from the knowledge and experience of its
high-profile advisory board of senior lawyers and business leaders from Canada
and abroad. Board members include, among others, the Honourable James Farley,
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP; Edward Sonshine, CEO, RioCan; Marianne Harris,
Managing Director and President, Merrill Lynch Canada Inc.; David Robottom,
Group Vice-President - Law, Enbridge Inc.; Terry Kawaja, Managing Director,
GCA Savvian Advisors; Rob Wildeboer, Executive Chairman and Secretary,
Martinrea International Inc.; Barbara Stymiest, COO, Royal Bank; Dale Lastman,
Chair, Goodmans LLP; and Mark Young, Chair, Cassels Brock LLP.
    The Hennick Centre will become the new home of the Canadian Foundation
for the Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR), a non-profit, independent
national organization representing the interests of Canadian investors in
securities regulation. Under the Centre's auspices, an Investor Protection
Seminar for third-year law students and business journalists has also been
established. In the fall of this year, the Hennick Centre will host a
multi-stakeholder expert consultation for the UN Special Representative for
Business and Human Rights. The creation of the pioneering Hennick Centre will
strengthen Osgoode's relationship with New York University (NYU) and its
Pollock Center for Law and Business, one of the few precedents for the Hennick
Centre. As well, a number of exciting initiatives involving business and legal
scholarship, outreach and education are under consideration.
    The Jay and Barbara Hennick gift will help to support the Centre
throughout its critical first five years of operation. At the same time, it
will make possible the creation of new endowed awards for top entering and
graduating students from the Joint Osgoode and Schulich law and business
program. As well, a new Hennick Medal for Career Achievement will be awarded
annually to recognize distinguished international business leaders with an
education in both business and law.
    The launch of the Hennick Centre took place February 6th in Toronto in
conjunction with the Osgoode and Schulich LLB/MBA Students' Association 12th
annual conference, World Markets in Transition: Canada's Opportunities and
Challenges, whose title sponsor was Fogler, Rubinoff LLP. The conference
featured Finance Minister Jim Flaherty as keynote speaker. This is the second
centre of excellence to be launched at Osgoode within the last four months.
The first was the new IP Law and Technology Program.

    About Osgoode

    Osgoode Hall Law School of York University has a proud history of more
than 100 years of leadership and innovation in legal education and legal
scholarship. A total of about 900 students are enrolled in Osgoode's
three-year Juris Doctor (JD) Program. Osgoode's Graduate Program in Law, with
its thesis-based Master of Laws (LLM) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs,
is also the largest in the country and one of the most highly regarded in
North America. The Osgoode Professional Development Program, which operates
out of its own centre in downtown Toronto and is unique in Canada, offers
numerous specialized part-time LLM Programs that run on varying cycles as well
as Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses.

    About Schulich

    Known as Canada's Global Business School(TM), the Schulich School of
Business in Toronto is ranked among the world's leading business schools by a
number of global surveys. Schulich's MBA program is ranked No.1 in Canada by
The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, The Economist (EIU), Expansion (a Time Warner
publication) and the Aspen Institute (a US-based business think tank), and its
EMBA program is ranked No.1 in Canada by the Financial Times of London. For
complete ranking details, please visit www.schulich.yorku.ca.
    Global, innovative and diverse, Schulich offers business programs
year-round at two Toronto campuses - its new state-of-the-art complex on York
University's main campus and its downtown Miles S. Nadal Management Centre
located in the heart of the city's financial district. The School also
operates representative offices in Beijing and Shanghai, China; Mumbai, India;
Seoul, South Korea; and Moscow, Russia. Schulich offers undergraduate,
graduate and postgraduate business degrees that lead to careers in the
private, public and non-profit sectors, and has over 20,000 alumni working in
over 90 countries. Schulich 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.
Schulich's Executive Education Centre provides executive development programs
annually to more than 16,000 executives in Canada and abroad.

For further information:

For further information: Virginia Corner, Communications Manager,
Osgoode Hall Law School, (416) 736-5820, vcorner@osgoode.yorku.ca

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