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Elevating education: University of Calgary officially opens Mathison Hall, new building for Haskayne School of Business

Press Release

Jan 09, 2023

CALGARY, AB – Today, the University of Calgary is proud to announce the official opening of Mathison Hall at the Haskayne School of Business. The four-storey 10,000-square-metre Mathison Hall, attached to the school’s existing Scurfield Hall building, will greatly strengthen capacity for Haskayne’s growing community by uniting business students back to one home on campus. The building that aims to achieve LEED platinum certification adds a dozen tech-enhanced classrooms to Haskayne’s scope, while also boasting new spaces for study, group work, gathering, student advising, food services and events.

“At the University of Calgary, we say we’re a place to Start Something,” says University of Calgary President Ed McCauley. “With the official opening of Mathison Hall, we are going to help start hundreds and thousands of careers – ones that will make Canada’s most enterprising city even more so, propelled by the entrepreneurial thinking that runs through the university’s DNA. Through Mathison Hall, we are further committing to creating a place where business students will learn and thrive, and in turn, help Calgary’s economy continue to grow.”

The $90 million capital project was first announced in 2018 and was made possible by the generous gift of $20 million from Ronald P. Mathison, Calgary business leader, philanthropist, chairman of MATCO Group and building namesake. Since then, over 200 donors in the business community have contributed to the building, with Haskayne to date securing more than $33.7 million towards its $40 million philanthropic goal.

Through its purposeful, student-centric and sustainable design, Mathison Hall will transform business education in Calgary by providing students with the resources and environment necessary to successfully pursue their academic goals, gain valuable educational experiences and build a treasured social and professional network.

“Mathison Hall is very well suited to its future service for the Haskayne School of Business, the University of Calgary and the city of Calgary,” says Ronald P. Mathison, namesake of Mathison Hall. “It’s highly functional, and together with the adjacent Scurfield Hall, it will renew a home base for the business school.”

He was largely inspired to make the significant donation based on his family’s longstanding relationship with the Haskayne family – particularly his late father, Ken Mathison’s close-knit friendship with Richard (Dick) Haskayne, namesake of the Haskayne School of Business.

“The genesis for the Mathison Hall project came about from a friendship that literally lasted a lifetime, a common bond and a deep abiding belief in a set of values that place honesty, hard work, integrity and ethics at its core,” says Mathison. “These values and ideals are well embedded in the curriculum at Haskayne and in the very spirit of the Haskayne School of Business.”

With 2022 also marking the 20th anniversary of the naming of the Haskayne School of Business, the timing of the opening of Mathison Hall carries even more significance for the Haskayne and Mathison families.

“Students can look to Ron and his story as an example of what you can achieve – regardless of where you’re from, which for us was the small town of Gleichen, Alberta,” says Dick Haskayne, namesake of the Haskayne School of Business. “I’m incredibly proud of the number of people who have graduated from Haskayne who have gone on to do big things. Haskayne is not only a great business school – it’s one of the best – and Mathison Hall will only further enhance its global reputation.”

Some key building features include:

  • Twelve technology-enhanced classrooms, which includes two high-tech classrooms that boast 50-inch TV screens at every table that students can leverage for collaboration, screen sharing and presentations, as well as tiered pod-style classrooms which seamlessly promote collaboration and connection amongst students.
  • The Viewpoint Circle for Dialogue an 80-person open-concept round room that brings people together for important discussions, lessons and gatherings. Designed to promote equity, diversity and inclusion, the circular room has ventilation to allow for Indigenous smudging ceremonies.
  • Graduate student floor which caters to the needs of Haskayne’s graduate students by offering all academic and career services, as well as a lounge exclusively for graduate students.
  • Collision spaces which offer ample spaces for students to work, socialize and gather which includes: 24 six-person, transparent syndicate rooms for group work or focused study, 11 meeting spaces, a fireplace area on the Robert G. Peters Floor, as well as a social staircase, food services and more.
  • Event facilities that span over two-storeys to host meaningful public community engagement opportunities.

“At the heart of business education and business success is one’s relationships,” says Dean Jim Dewald, Haskayne School of Business. “Mathison Hall will serve as a catalyst in helping our students forge those meaningful connections. Whether it is through the modern, tiered pod-style classrooms that stimulate collaboration, the warm foyer that inspires conversation or the syndicate rooms that champion group work – our students will begin forming these relationships early and often in their academic journeys. In fact, it’s Haskayne’s strong relationships with the business community that solidifies our position as a top business school. Through these very relationships, such as ours with incredible donors like Ronald P. Mathison, we’re able to proudly demonstrate what the future of higher education entails.”

The vision behind the project was led by architects, Gibbs Gage and Diamond Schmidt. The project was completed on time and on budget, despite global supply chain shortages, a pandemic and inflationary pressures – a testament to the dedication of project manager, Duke Evans and construction company, Ellis Don.

With the start of the 2023 winter semester, Mathison Hall’s classrooms are in full use for in-person learning and its meeting rooms and event facilities are bookable for faculty, staff and students. Haskayne continues to actively fundraise for the capital project aiming to achieve its $40 million target with a variety of giving opportunities still available.

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About theUniversity of Calgary

UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top-five research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 35,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary.

About the Haskayne School of Business

The Haskayne School of Business was founded at the University of Calgary in 1967, and was named in honour of Richard F. Haskayne, OC, AOE, FCA, in 2002. The business school has approximately 4,000 full- and part-time students enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate and executive education programs, and stays connected with its more than 27,000 alumni in 90 countries worldwide. Haskayne is where big ideas come to life and bold leaders thrive. Our mission is to create innovative research, unparalleled learning opportunities and meaningful engagement with our community.

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For further information: Media inquiries: Lauren Steeves, Senior Communications and Marketing Strategist, Haskayne School of Business, 306.717.3253, [email protected]


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