Schulich ExecEd helps develop Business Recovery Project for York Region, Aurora Chamber

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York Region entrepreneurs are being offered free access to the Schulich Executive Education Centre’s Certificate in Business Essentials course thanks to the leadership of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and the support of the provincial government, York Region, Town of Aurora, and the York Region chambers of commerce.

This 20-hour, online certificate program, which is open to the first 100 eligible applicants only until March 31, will help business leaders gear up for the post-pandemic economic recovery and sharpen their skills to succeed in the future.

This initiative grew out of a project by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce to create the Accelerate Business Recovery Virtual Hub, a learning resource centre with content developed by the Schulich Executive Education Centre (Schulich ExecEd) in the Schulich School of Business at York University. The Schulich ExecEd online course was added with the support of the Government of Ontario.

“Being able to include the entrepreneurs of York Region in our training program with the support of the provincial government is further proof of the power of partnerships to respond to the needs of our private sector with leading-edge executive education,” said Rami Mayer, Schulich ExecEd executive director. “We are proud to work alongside the Aurora Chamber of Commerce in this initiative and the Accelerate Business Recovery Virtual Hub project.”

“The Aurora Chamber of Commerce was pleased to partner with Schulich ExecEd to provide 100 businesses who have had a downturn in revenue during the pandemic with the opportunity to take the Certificate in Business Essentials program free of charge,” said Sandra Ferri, president & CEO. “These courses will support business owners as they develop the business skills needed to thrive in an ever-changing economic climate that has been made more difficult over the past 2 years by the pandemic.”

Free tuition for the Certificate in Business Essentials is made possible thanks to $463,000 in support from the provincial government. Eligible participants can enrol in Schulich ExecEd’s Certificate in Business Essentials program, which features sessions taught by faculty from Canada’s number one business School and subject experts from the private sector. The deadline for free registration in the course is March 31, 2022.

The ABR Virtual Hub’s online resources include a 12-part video series developed by Schulich ExecEd that cover areas such as digital marketing, strategic entrepreneurial management, and financial management.

For more information about the ABR Virtual Hub and to register for the Certificate in Business Essentials, visit

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