Standing before a room of top business students, prominent business leader Mark Arthur (BAdmin ’77) urged the group to uplift each other, serve their communities and pave the way for a brighter, more ethical future in business.
Arthur, President of iA Private Wealth Management and Chair of Brock’s Board of Trustees, shared with the group of Beta Gamma Sigma student inductees what it meant for him to receive an honorary membership to Brock’s chapter of the international honours organization years after crossing the stage in the first graduating class of Brock Business students.
Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes the top 10 per cent of the undergraduate class and the top 20 per cent of graduate students at institutions accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
“Today as I stand before you, it’s not just as an individual being honoured, but a testament to the very mission of the international honours society Beta Gamma Sigma,” Arthur said. “A mission that goes beyond the academic recognition and delves deeply into the cultivation and celebration of leadership, professional excellence and the highest values that the world of business and management can offer.”
The ceremony, held Oct. 13 in the Goodman School of Business atrium, inducted 36 undergraduate and 11 graduate students into Brock’s chapter. Membership in the society is described as the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can achieve.
Third-year students and twin sisters Isabella and Zoe Durcak were honoured to be inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma and felt it was recognition of their hard work they had put into their studies. Isabella is studying Accounting while Zoe is concentrating in human resources in the Bachelor of Business Administration program.
The sisters set high personal goals for themselves inside and outside of the classroom, not only excelling academically but also balancing school with varsity sports, competing together in women’s lightweight doubles rowing.
The pair have their sights set on winning the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) title in two weeks’ time and carrying over momentum to the national university championship in Burnaby, British Columbia.
“Our goal this year is to stay on the Dean’s Honours list and win OUAs and nationals,” Isabella said.
Brock’s Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter was recently recognized on the society’s 2022-23 Chapter Honour Roll receiving the highest honours distinction. This recognition comes with a scholarship that will be given to a current Goodman student this fall.