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Canadian Business and Financial History

Shedding light on the strategic and political decisions that have shaped business today

The Canadian Business and Financial History program is devoted to furthering the study of Canadian business and financial history. Focusing on key companies, legislation and periods of historical importance, the program sheds light on the strategic and political decisions that shape the current business landscape.

Shedding a light on the past

Using original case studies and research papers written specifically to highlight key companies, legislation or periods of historical importance, the program sheds light on the strategic and political decisions that shaped the present day business landscape in Canada.

The cases found on this site have been written by current or former students under faculty direction. Many of the case studies and research papers include primary research, both from past stakeholders and financial data uncovered from the Rotman School's own Financial Post financial report collection.

The program is made possible through the generosity of several prominent business leaders, including Lynton (Red) Wilson; Richard Currie; James Fleck; Anthony Fell; Henry N.R. (Hal) Jackman, and John McArthur, dean emeritus of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. These leaders established the L.R. Wilson/R.J. Currie Chair in Canadian Business History, currently held by Prof. Chris Kobrak, to provide long-term stability for the program.

In addition, University Professor Emeritus Michael Bliss donated his business history collection of books to the Business Information Centre at the Rotman School.