Leadership skills are not just important in the world of business, but can also be applied to other disciplines, including science, mathematics and the arts. While the development of strong leadership skills among SAC students has always been a priority, it has recently become a prominent area of focus within the Business Studies Program. Through the design and implementation of the McEwen Leadership Program in 2007, St. Andrew’s is now poised to educate a future generation of leaders and successful St. Andrew’s alumni. The program is designed to incorporate leadership principles into a variety of business disciplines, while providing experiential learning opportunities for students through all grade levels in the Upper School.
This entrepreneurial student leadership program is the personal vision of alumnus Rob McEwen ’69, Chairman and CEO of US Gold and Lexam Explorations, and the Founder and former Chairman and CEO of Goldcorp. In 1990 Rob entered the mining industry, where he transformed Goldcorp from a collection of small companies into a mining powerhouse.
Rob is a fine example of an entrepreneur and innovative business leader. Due to his excellent business knowledge, personal characteristics, and innovative nature, Rob was able to seize a great opportunity and raise his company to pre-eminence in the mining industry. Equally committed to the betterment of the community, Rob is a generous philanthropist as well. Throughout his career, Rob has been recognized for his leadership, innovation, and philanthropy through a large number of distinguished awards, including the Order of Canada.
Rob’s commitment to support leadership education extends back to his days as a student at St. Andrew’s, and he has endowed a chair in Leadership Studies through an original contribution of $500,000. This very generous gesture is also very unique, as it is the first endowed academic chair in the history of St. Andrew’s. Thanks to Rob’s contribution, his educational vision was finally put into action through the launching of the McEwen Leadership Program in 2007. The program is designed to incorporate leadership principles into a variety of business disciplines, while providing experiential learning opportunities for students through all grade levels in the Upper School.
For more information about the McEwen Leadership Program, please contact Sean Ludwig, Course Director, at email@example.com.