From the Director

Learning should never be limited to the classroom. In fact, it shouldn’t be limited by any walls, borders or boundaries. At the DeGroote School of Business, we strongly believe in the power of experiential education to change students’ lives.


About the Fund

The DeGroote Experience Fund is used to help DeGroote students learn through experience. Funding is available to DeGroote students or student teams for national and international competitions, conferences, leadership workshops, and a wide variety of events.

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2015-2016 Highlights



Toronto-based MEtoWE, a for-profit social enterprise, coordinates volunteer trips to a number of developing countries around the world, including: China, India, Kenya, Nicaragua and Ecuador. The February 2016 excursion to Ecuador was the first-ever trip offered to McMaster students.

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Ethics in Action

Ethics in Action has four components: a case competition for undergraduate and graduate business students; a video/essay contest on ethical leadership; the presentation of the Scotiabank Ethical Leadership Award to a Canadian business leader; and a one-day public conference.

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John Molson Sports Marketing Conference

As a student-run conference, this is an exciting opportunity for students to network and learn from leaders in the sports business, along with a wide range of executives from professional sports organization and social media.

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Meet the Donors

Championing diversity in the workplace is extremely important to me. That's why I contribute to the DeGroote Experience Fund. I want students at DeGroote from all walks of life to be able to access key resources and contacts outside the classroom. Sometimes, all it takes is a little support to help students make the next big leap in their lives and careers. We all have the power to make a difference.
Mary Lou Maher, B. Com. ’83,
Business Unit Leader,
GTA Audit and Chief Inclusion Officer, KPMG
When I was a student, money was very tight. My father had just passed away. I had to take every odd job I could just to get by. I want to alleviate some of that financial stress for DeGroote students, so they can make the most of their time at university. There’s a significant upside to getting involved in activities outside the classroom.
Mark Thompson, B. Com. ’83,
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Compliance Officer,
Foyston, Gordon & Payne Inc.
You want to make sure the students at your alma mater are well positioned to enjoy the same kind of success. I was able to make it in the Canadian corporate world, and I feel a responsibility to help others get there as well – especially DeGroote students who are trying to make connections outside the classroom, and may not have the resources to do so. I want to assist the next generation, however I can.”
Roger Brown, B. Com. ’10,
Relationship Manager,
Commercial Real Estate Banking, Scotiabank
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