HISTORY OF SLBC
The Smith Leadership in Business Conference was founded in 2012 by two second-year Queen’s Commerce students: Christian Alaimo and Russell Moore. Since debuting on October 25-26, 2013, SLBC is focused on uniting the most passionate student leaders at the Smith School of Business for a 3-day conference focused on improving and fulfilling their leadership potential.
In their first year at Queen’s, Alaimo and Moore had noticed that there were few opportunities devoted entirely to developing the leadership potential of students. The Queen’s Commerce Society is one of the largest and most successful undergraduate business societies in Canada. Consisting of 25 student-run committees and 12 world-class conferences, the Society offers a tremendous number of extracurricular opportunities. Additionally, there are leadership positions that students can take within the Smith School of Business that focused solely on leadership development.
There was no initiative in place that helped aspiring leaders increase and fulfill their potential.
The Smith School of Business is home to some of the brightest and most ambitious business students in Canada. With the help of Commerce Society Executives and the Queen’s Commerce Program Executive Director, the Smith Leadership in Business Conference was designed to provide these intelligent and ambitious students with an opportunity to increase and fulfill their leadership potential.
After months of development and revision, the Queen’s Commerce Society officially approved the Smith Leadership in Business Conference to operate within the Commerce Society portfolio on November 11, 2012. The first SLBC Executive was hired one month later.
Learn and network from some of the country’s most dynamic students
Hear from a variety of sponsors and speakers, all leaders in their industries
Discover and develop your own style of leadership
This proposal will outline the objectives and actions that Smith Leadership in Business Conference intends to execute in the short, medium and long term.
This process is not one that we took lightly, and is a result of the discrimination and lack of equity of the program that was brought to light in the summer of 2020. Like many others, we are in shock about the perpetual abuse that so many individuals at Smith experience throughout their time in the Commerce program. We would like to thank those individuals that had the courage to come forward and share their experiences with the world.
To prepare this document, we deliberately took the time to educate ourselves and learn more about our role in perpetuating these issues but also the opportunity we have to ignite change. This includes engaging in difficult and thoughtful conversations to critically analyze our current state and propose more inclusive alternatives.
In accordance with the Smith Commerce Society EDII review plan, we are determined to be disruptive in this space, embodying our core values of being relentlessly curious, community driven, encouraging authenticity and intentionally balanced.