The Father Edgar Thivierge Chair in Business History honours the memory of Père Thivierge whose career was devoted to the teaching of history. The Chair was created in 2010 thanks to a $3.5 million donation, from Paul Desmarais, to the Telfer School of Management.
Edgar Thivierge was born in Clarence Creek in 1901 and studied at the University of Ottawa between 1915 and 1920. After becoming a priest in 1926, Father Thivierge taught history at the University of Ottawa from 1927 to 1966.The Chair’s teaching and research program strives to recognise his legacy and to inspire current students as he inspired many during his lifetime. The addition of the historical context to their exploration of business enables students to better understand the world they will face as business leaders.
The Chair also engages in teaching, outreach and research activities in Canadian business history as it applies to management in the private, public and non-profit sectors, thus contributing to the progress of management expertise and leadership in Canada. The objective is to broaden the body of knowledge in management science by shedding light on the many facets of business history, including insights into family businesses, models of governance, financial systems, corporate structures, and the social, political and economic factors that shape our country.
As noted by Micheál J. Kelly, former dean, when the Chair was announced: “This gift will allow the Telfer School of Management to add a unique dimension of business history to its teaching and research capacity, thereby correcting an omission in most management education programs in Canada, and offering students a solid grasp of history to inform decisions that lead to success.”