The Graduate Business Council
The Graduate Business Council (GBC) is the representative student body for both full-time and part-time students in all Schulich graduate degree programs. As the official student-faculty liaison, the GBC is responsible for representing student interests through its representatives on the Schulich School Faculty Council.
GBC social events such as the getaway weekends in September and January, the Graduate Formal, pub nights and Schulich representation at the MBA Games in January enrich student life at the School. Aside from social and athletic activities, the GBC serves as the student body’s voice to the faculty and administration. The Council sells business cards and enhances the Schulich image among corporate leaders through corporate sponsorship relationships. The GBC also runs the One on One program which contributes to a smooth transition of new-coming students.
The GBC Executive is elected in February of each year. Collectively, their mandate is to serve the Schulich graduate student community. All elected are committed to making themselves accessible to students and receptive to suggestions.
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Central to life outside Schulich classes are student-run organizations. In addition to the Graduate Business Council, there are countless clubs, associations and groups, each with its own focus. Areas of interest range from women in leadership, health care and biotech, finance, accounting and Latin American business. In these organizations too, there are opportunities to assume leadership roles. Student-led groups organize dozens of events throughout the year, including guest lectures, expert panels and conferences. They sponsor food drives and host charity shows. They also see to it that you have opportunities to socialize such as semi-formals and formals.
For a complete listing of clubs offered at Schulich visit the GBC web site
In addition to the myriad of student clubs offered at Schulich, there are over 250 clubs and organizations at York University to participate in. From cultural and religious clubs to organizations engaged in community service and charitable activities, to sports and recreation, there countless ways to get involved with the broader community on campus.
Learn more about Clubs at York
There are a number of opportunities to socialize with fellow students throughout your time at Schulich. The Graduate Business Council organizes a variety of social gatherings throughout the year to bring the student body together. Events range from the Semi-Formal in December and the Formal in the Spring, to pub nights on Fridays and karaoke and fuss ball at the local sports bar on Wednesday nights. The annual Culture Crawl in Fall provides a terrific opportunity to sample delights from around the world and learn more about the diverse cultures at Schulich.
Weekend getaways such as Olympia and Deerhurst are must-attend events designed to strengthen the bond of the incoming class, while providing current students with an opportunity to mingle with new students.
Significant Others Student Association
Starting a Master’s degree may be a significant change in your life as well as in the lives of your friends and family. In particular, spouses and partners may be affected by your changing schedule and the demands placed on you in the program. They also provide much needed support and encouragement to you during your time in the program. The Significant Others Student Association links the spouses and partners of students with each other and provides an additional network for students and spouses.
Sports & Recreation
The Graduate Business Council Athletics provides Schulich students with plenty of fun, healthy and competitive events. From intramural team sports to organized monthly tournaments to pick-up games and sports ladders, there are many ways to stay active.
Schulich students also have access to the sports facilities at York. The multi-purpose Tait McKenzie Centre features four gymnasia, 5 North American squash courts, a fitness centre (free weights, selectorize machines, cardio equipment), 5 multi-purpose studios, a spinning studio, a 25-metre swimming pool and a sport injury clinic. Sport fields include the York Stadium, 5 sport playing fields, a recreational cricket pitch, 9 outdoor tennis courts (4 courts with lights), 4 softball fields. Other facilities include the Canlan Ice Sports Complex with a feature rink and 5 additional rinks, City of Toronto Track and Field Centre with an outdoor track (8 lane, 400 m synthetic track and separate jumps and throwing areas), an indoor track (4 lane banked 200 metre) and 2 weight training areas; and the National Tennis Centre with 9 outdoor courts and 4 indoor courts (winter only).
York University, through the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, has developed programs in both sport and recreation, aimed at offering opportunities across the broad continuum of physical activity to all students. Programs include inter-university sports; casual recreation in basketball, indoor soccer, badminton, table tennis, tennis, swimming, hockey, squash, pleasure skating; 22 intramural sports; instructional classes in dance, martial arts, tennis, aquatics, mind and body fitness, squash, spinning and skating; aerobics and cross-training classes; and a variety of sport clubs.