The Schulich School of Business is pleased to announce the creation of the George Weston Ltd Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains. The new Centre, made possible by significant support from George Weston Ltd, will become a global leader in management education and research related to supply chain management, and a hub for industry outreach and collaboration.

“Supply chains are the heart of Canada’s economy and provide the food, medication, and other items Canadians need by connecting communities from coast to coast to coast,” said Galen Weston, Chairman and CEO of George Weston Ltd. “We are delighted to partner with the Schulich School of Business to deepen our country’s expertise and develop sustainable supply chains that will contribute to a stronger, more resilient Canada.”

Building on Schulich’s unique Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM) program and George Weston Ltd’s world-class expertise in sustainable supply chains, the Centre will play a fundamental role in creating the strong and sustainable supply chains increasingly needed in a post-pandemic world. David Johnston, Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems and Director of Schulich’s Master of Supply Chain Management program, will become Director of the Centre.

“We wish to sincerely thank George Weston Ltd for its strong support of this important new initiative,” said Schulich Interim Dean Detlev Zwick. “The new Centre will become a leading global hub of research in a sector that is vital to our social and economic well-being.”

The partnership resulted from Schulich’s Leading Change Campaign, which concluded in June 2020. Leading Change was the School’s most comprehensive and ambitious fundraising and alumni engagement campaign to date. Under the leadership of Dean Emeritus Dezsö J. Horváth and the Leading Change Campaign Cabinet, the Campaign raised more than $65 million.