With a donation of $250,000 from BMO Financial, the Chiu School of Business launched the BMO Centre for Experiential Learning in March 2015. The Centre enables learners to gain soft skills that cannot be taught in a classroom and to acquire knowledge that can only be attained in an immersive learning environment. This experience facilitates learners in building the skills employers want and gives them a critical edge in a competitive job market.
The BMO Centre for Experiential Learning focuses on the critical decision-making skills and problem-solving abilities students need to become strong ambassadors for their workplaces. It promotes a greater engagement of industry and prospective employers, which helps to launch our graduates into their careers. The Centre delivers a variety of opportunities available to learners including peer tutoring, a mentorship program, case competitions, and a variety of community services and social entrepreneurship events and activities.
"Our students benefit from this enterprise as they experience real-world working scenarios, which will teach them such soft-skills as interpersonal and intercultural communications, analyzing and problem-solving in a team setting, and taking initiative in the workplace," said David Allwright, Dean, Chiu School of Business.