Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business is a full-service business school primely located in Ottawa—the nation’s capital.

The Sprott School of Business works to address community and global challenges through innovative programs, interdisciplinary research and collaborative partnerships. In its new home in the Nicol Building, the Sprott School will be better positioned to amplify the strengths of its enterprising and supportive community to deliver an empowering educational experience.

The Sprott School of Business is committed to building partnerships that advance shared interests and make lasting social impact. Through community and corporate partnerships we can continue to provide opportunities and support to current and future students while supporting research and engaging our community and alumni.

Our vibrant community

  • 2,537 students enrolled in domestic Sprott programs
  • 92 students enrolled in Sprott international programs
  • 12,175 alumni working in 77+ countries
  • 60 full-time faculty
  • 33 full-time staff

In 2019, Sprott researchers contributed 193 intellectual contributions:

  • 135 books, chapters, proceedings & presentations
  • 58 journal articles

Statistics are based on the 2019-2020 academic year.

Nicol Building

Ottawa builder and philanthropist Wes Nicol

The Sprott School of Business’s campaign to build a new home for the Sprott School of Business was launched by the announcement of a $10M gift from Wesley Nicol and family to name a new building. Wes, a proud Carleton graduate, was a long-time supporter of business and entrepreneurial initiatives on campus, and he saw a new building as an important step for the business school.

In the Nicol Building, partners will collaborate with the Sprott School’s community of changemakers, idea-generators, and current and future leaders. Partnership with Sprott not only contributes to a positive future, but it also leads to important economic and societal outcomes.

Partnering with the Sprott School of Business

Donors drive positive social change by giving through Sprott.

Community partners build their workforce, leverage students’ skills, and boost their organization and cause.

Corporate partners become more efficient and agile by accessing Sprott’s expertise, and grow their workforce, brand recognition and corporate social responsibility.

For your consideration:

Scholarships and Bursaries

Scholarships and Bursaries reward exceptional academic achievement and make education possible to those with limited financial means. Carleton University is proud to have one of the country’s best student aid programs, providing more than 10,000 scholarships and bursaries each year. Friends of the university – donors, alumni, community and corporate partners make this possible.

Supporting existing awards

Donors can choose to support existing student awards such as the BIB Scholarship or the Lillian Fallis Bursary. Gifts to these funds grow the endowed funds so that more can be given out to students each year.

Creating a new endowed scholarship or bursary

Individual or corporate donors may choose to establish new endowed student awards (scholarships and bursaries) that can be named. These awards exist in perpetuity with the university, meaning donors will help generations of young people succeed.

The minimum amount to establish a named endowed award for undergraduate students is $25,000. Using the current payout rate of 4.0%, this means approximately $1,000 will be available for a student each year.

The minimum amount to establish a named endowed award for graduate students is $50,000. Using the current payout rate of 4.0%, this means approximately $2,000 will be available for a student each year.

Endowments ensure long-term support for students, research and teaching. They are an investment in young people and the good they seek to do in the world. An endowed scholarship ensures support for our students now and in the future and awards can be set up for the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of International Business, as well as MBA, Master of Accounting, Master of Entrepreneurship and PhD in Management programs.

Sprott Dean’s Fund – Enhancing the student experience

The Dean’s fund provides support for students to participate in learning experiences beyond the classroom, contributing to personal and professional development through community engagement and social innovation projects. Launched in 2012 by former Dean of Business, Dr. Jerry Tomberlin, the Sprott Dean’s fund has funded student participation in study-related travel to places like Tanzania and Canada’s North. It continues to support student projects through case competitions, ENACTUS and project-based learning that have community impact locally, nationally and internationally. Through these valuable experiences, Sprott students develop leadership skills and confidence, greatly enhancing their competitive advantage in the workforce.

Sprott Student Investment Fund (SSIF)

SSIF is an actively managed equity portfolio run by students. The value of the fund has grown to more than $1 million. Students have access to resources that support their training and analysis, and they participate in such learning opportunities as seminars and networking events. Donations support the activities of these top performing students.

Nicol Building

The Nicol Building, the new home to the Sprott School of Business will be a centre for collaboration and impact. Donations and sponsorship opportunities are available for programs and spaces within the building and can be recognized through naming. The Sprott School of Business benefits from the generous contributions of our partners and community members, who will be celebrated and recognized in the main areas of the Nicol Building, including on a newly designed donor wall. All members of our community will benefit from recognizing the ongoing support that makes possible our educational initiatives and innovation in business teaching and research.

Project-Based Learning

We are seeking partners for our new Project-Based Learning program, where teams of students solve real problems for real clients. Students acquire practical experience, enhance their management and leadership skills, and expand job market networks. Partners benefit from the innovations of top students and connect with potential employees.

Employability Passport Workshop

The Sprott Employability Passport is a co-curricular career development program designed to equip students with the career skills and awareness to find meaningful employment and career success. Students are required each year to participate in a selection of activities and events covering the Passport’s eight skill areas: Career Management, Communications, Global Perspective, Leadership, Professionalism, Teamwork, Technology and Good Business. Collaborate with us to host and/or deliver workshops that fit under these themes.

Sprott Competes - Send students to competitions around the world

Sprott students presenting to a theatre full of business professionals.Sprott Competes students gain experience in business analysis and decision-making, and compete in case competitions around the world. Our students, undergraduate and MBA, consistently achieve top place finishes at these international events.

Top places at JDC Central

In January 2019, 46 undergraduate Sprott students competed in JDC Central (JDCC) at the University of Guelph. Sprott’s academic teams brought home first place in Accounting, third in Digital Strategy, and third in Entrepreneurship.

First at the MBA Games

In January 2019, a team of Sprott MBA students took home first place from the marketing case competition in this year’s MBA Games, a Canada-wide event with more than 600 MBA students from 20 universities participating.

International Win

In January 2019, a team of three Sprott School bachelor of commerce students won the University of Vermont Global Family Enterprise Competition (FECC), a global competition with 13 teams competing from four continents. Sprott student Hala Saoudi also won the Best Presenter award for the final round of competition.

Other recent Sprott student wins include the 2018 Van Berkom Small Cap Case Competition in Montreal, and first place in the 2017 NIBS Case Competition in Rauma, Finland.

Sprott Competes students develop their leadership, teamwork and presentation skills; they learn to be critical and creative thinkers. They tackle business problems within a restricted time and present to a panel of judges. Competing abroad allows students to see the business world as it is today, global, and it helps them build a worldwide network of peers.

Donations play an important role — supporting registration fees and travel costs. We also welcome the participation of corporate partners as sponsors or judges so that students present to local professionals and business leaders as part of their training.


When students, faculty and staff have grassroots projects on campus that they would like to seed and promote they turn to Carleton University’s own crowdfunding platform,

Throughout the year you can find projects here from across the university and within the Sprott School of Business. You can help students attend case competitions or support Sprosh Week among other projects. FutureFunder provides tax receipts to donors and unlike other crowdfunding platforms, does not charge any commission on funds raised.

More Information

For more information regarding giving to the Sprott School of Business, please connect with us:

Margaret Miller
Senior Development Officer
613-520-2600 ext. 8228
Mawuena Torkornoo
Manager, External Relations
613-520-2600, ext. 6603