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Students “get smarter” with business icon

By Matthew Fox

University of Calgary students will have a rare chance to hear from and meet a Canadian business titan on Wednesday, Oct.10 when Seymour Schulich, the namesake of the U of C’s Schulich School of Engineering, speaks at a free event for the campus community in MacEwan Hall.

In a presentation entitled Life and Business Lessons with Seymour Schulich, the philanthropist and student mentor will read selections from his recently-released book, Get Smarter, and answer questions from students.

Full of snappy anecdotes picked up through Schulich’s 40 years of investing in the precious metals and oil industries, Get Smarter offers insight on such topics as decision-making, relationship management and investing, and will be the primary source of Schulich’s material at the campus event.

A reception featuring a light lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. and Schulich’s presentation will begin at noon sharp in MacEwan Hall. The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and alumni.

In June 2005, the Schulich School of Engineering was born with a $25-million donation from Schulich (subsequently matched by the provincial government) that forever changed engineering at the University of Calgary. The new money added more than 100 new student scholarships, a $400,000 annual student activities fund to go toward student field trips and clubs, and three new research chairs.

Get Smarter has remained on national best-seller lists since its release and will be available at the event. It was Indigo Books’ second-largest pre-ordered title of 2007, following only J.K. Rowling’s final novel in the Harry Potter series.