The largest student group stemming from the Asper School of Business is the Commerce Students’ Association (CSA), which includes all 1,600 students of the faculty.
The CSA puts on some of the most notable events on campus, including the annual Business Banquet consisting of hundreds of students and professionals, as well as JDC West, the largest student business case competition in Canada, and the famous Commerce Socials that pull out thousands of students each year.
Aside from the CSA though, the Asper School of Business boasts an impressive 13 additional students groups focusing on student interests and relating closely to their future careers. These groups, ranging from human resource management to actuarial math, create an important academic network for students to connect with each other, as well as professionals in their respective industry.
“Each student group offers a variety of events and services to its respective members,” said Commerce Students’ Association president Emily Ashley.
“From networking opportunities like wine and cheeses, guest speakers, charity initiatives and student competitions – our student groups allow students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world.”
Ashley continued to explain how every major in the Asper School of Business has their own student group, and that their main draw is not only the academic and professional development side, but also the social side.
Student groups within the Asper School of Business bring students together to not only work hard, but to play hard as well. A prime example of this is the Asper School of Business Accounting Association. Professional events such as the CA Wine and Cheese and the Gathering of Accounting Associates and Professionals Case Competition also highlight the less seen “fun” side of accounting with their annual Show Off Your Assets social.
“Our student groups stand out from others due to our strong connections with the Winnipeg business community,” explained Ashley. She believes that without these relations, student groups in the Asper School of Business would not exist as they do today.