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The Molson connection

For the first time, the John Molson School of Business has a home

In November 2000, Concordia renamed its Faculty of Commerce and Administration as the John Molson School of Business in honour of the Molson family’s longstanding support of the school and university.

John Molson (1763-1836), founder of Molson Brewery, was a Montreal entrepreneur and philanthropist. Among Molson’s string of accomplishments, he contributed to the construction of the Theatre Royal, the city’s first theatre, helped found the Montreal General Hospital and sat on the Lower Canada Legislative Assembly.

Over the years, John Molson’s descendants have been involved with Concordia in various capacities. Eric Molson, LLD 06, past chairman of Molson Coors Brewing Company, served as Concordia’s chancellor from 1993 to 2005. The JMSB awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2006. His son, Andrew T. Molson, is a member of Concordia’s Board of Governors, as well as vice-chairman, Legal Affairs & Corporate Secretary, for National Public Relations in Montreal and vice-chairman of the Board of Molson Coors Brewing Company.

Andrew Molson says he learned about the qualities that set Concordia apart from other universities from his father. “Concordia is a great Montreal institution with an open mind,” Molson says. He adds that his family will keep supporting Concordia and the JMSB. “We are very proud to be part of a diverse group of public and private donors that helped Concordia build a new home for the business school. The JMSB has proved itself year over year as a great place for students to learn and prepare in order to go out in to the world and make good things happen. The list of successful alumni is impressive.”

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