All of our Lazaridis MBA students will participate in the Not-for-Profit Practicum. It is a unique aspect of our MBA degree, and it is designed so that each student will experience the management issues within the voluntary sector of the economy while providing field-based community service. This component of our Lazaridis MBA degree will offer a value-added learning experience for each student. Even candidates with significant previous not-for-profit experience will benefit through the exploration of different types of organizations and activities in our communities.

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You can choose to do your 40-hour practicum with a local organization or an extended international project.

“The Lazaridis MBA equipped me to live my values to the fullest extent possible. For the past 15 years I’ve assisted companies all over the world with sustainability reporting and assurance, ultimately helping them improve upon the social and environmental impacts of their operations. The success of my business,the most proficient assurance provider in Africa, allows me to contribute a significant proportion of my time and revenue to the Soweto Marimba Youth League Trust, a youth development charity that employs music as a mechanism to keep at-risk children in school. I’ve always wanted to make a difference. The Lazaridis MBA made that a reality.”
Michael Rea, BSc, BA, MBA, Managing Partner, Integrated Reporting & Assurance Services, Johannesburg, South Africa

“The Lazaridis MBA was recommended to me by my company which currently employs several senior managers who are all Lazaridis MBA graduates. I had been out of school for a while, and I have a science background, so the ‘case based learning’ philosophy at Laurier fit perfectly with my style. For my Not-for-Profit Practicum I attended a local fundraiser for the Friends of the Orphans & Canada. The goal was to raise donations to take to the Dominican Republic and work on building an orphanage. After speaking with some volunteers, I found out there was room available on their next trip to the DR. I volunteered right then and there. Little did I know that this fundraiser and my MBA were going to offer me a life-changing experience!”
Jennifer Jackson, BScPT, MBA, Physiotherapy Professional Practice Leader, St. Joseph’s Health Care, London