Society is changing.
Business is changing.
So are we.

The Powerhouse Project

New knowledge, new ways of thinking, new business solutions: that’s the promise of UBC Sauder’s Powerhouse Project that will be constructed next to our current facilities at the site of the former UBC Power House, originally built in 1925. This stunning new flagship building will advance the student experience, expand enrolments through programs that leverage the school’s strengths and make space for the transformative future of business education.
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The Powerhouse Project will help unlock UBC Sauder’s potential to create new solutions for society in three important and interrelated areas: innovation and entrepreneurship, finance and climate action.


The pace and scale of the climate emergency calls for rapid action. Emerging solutions need to be identified, nurtured and scaled as quickly as possible.
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Critical to generating social, environmental and economic change; UBC Sauder has a strong history of excellence in financial research, education and experiential learning.
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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The heart of any growing economy, and through innovation more organizations will be able to contribute to solving the world’s greatest problems.
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A diverse and respectful community is the foundation of responsible leadership. Through thoughtful design and consultation, our expansion will cultivate a sense of belonging, safety and acceptance with spaces that honour the dignity of all people.


The new building will provide a flexible, connected and highly interactive platform for the creative and innovative work that happens through collaborative learning.


The centrality of the Powerhouse Project site gives UBC Sauder an opportunity to strengthen connections with Indigenous people and communities and to ensure a holistic approach to collaborating with the Musqueam.


Students rely on their university experience to grow their skills and networks; to this end, community is created through a sense of belonging, safety and acceptance at UBC Sauder.
The Powerhouse Project will provide much-needed space for our students, faculty and broader community to reach their full potential. We will leverage this new space to build on our leadership in climate solutions, innovation and entrepreneurship, responsible business in finance, and in our commitments to reconciliation.
Darren Dahl
Innovate BC Professor
Dean, UBC Sauder School of Business
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Be part of the change.

Your donation will give students a world-class environment for success in a future that calls on business graduates to embrace the uncomfortable reality of the world’s greatest social and environmental challenges, to leverage their knowledge for change, and to identify and accelerate solutions rooted in responsible leadership.

Every dollar donated and every community connection brings us one step closer to making this vision a reality.

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We would be pleased to discuss your and/or your organization’s interest in investment and involvement with the Powerhouse Project. For more information contact:

Erin Townley-Smith
Assistant Dean, Development and Alumni Engagement
Tel: 604.822.8684

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