Mathison Hall under construction in September 2021
Mathison Hall under construction in September 2021. Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

Sept. 27, 2021

Construction update: Mathison Hall on time to open in late 2022

New Haskayne School of Business building set to shape generations of business leaders

Change is always around the corner. Changing economy. Changing priorities. Changing times. Calgary is changing rapidly, and adapting to change requires world-class management education.

In response, the Haskayne School of Business is growing.

Enrolment for our graduate programs — the MBA, Executive MBA, Doctor of Business Administration and Master of Management — is up significantly over the past five years, driving an expansion plan supported by Calgary’s most influential business and community leaders.

In 2018, the school celebrated with Ronald P. Mathison, who made a transformational gift to Energize: the Campaign for Eyes High. Mathison Hall, a striking new building named in his honour, is now halfway through the construction period, which wraps up in late 2022.

Curious about what Mathison Hall looks like today? Take a look

Mathison recently visited the construction site.

“What makes the building impressive is that it acts as a gateway into the University of Calgary campus. The connection at the south face of Mathison Hall reinforces the historic relationship of the Haskayne and Mathison families and provides a window to Calgary’s downtown and the business community.” 

“The building will be a defining symbol for Haskayne and will allow the school to develop a cohesive sense of place for staff and students. Community is so important in building an institution like this, now housed in a spectacular physical environment, made possible by a community of like-minded individuals,” says Mathison.

From that initial generous gift, other Calgary business leaders got on board, too, including Rob and Ruth Peters; Michael and Renae Tims; Mac and Susan Van Wielingen, through their Viewpoint Foundation; and CPA Alberta. These early champions provided the seed funding that is making the Haskayne Capital Expansion Project possible, and paving the way for future donors.

Mathison Hall a place for education, celebration

Mathison Hall will be a four-storey 10,000 square metre building connected to Scurfield Hall, Haskayne’s current home. In all, 12 new classrooms will be added to the business school, including a new finance lab and a 100-person theatre. That’s in addition to the new group workrooms, study spaces and gathering places within an architecturally stunning building that anticipates a LEED Platinum certification for sustainability performance.

In planning the project, we emphasized the need for technologically enhanced classrooms and workspaces; study spaces for all types of learning; and places to meet, socialize and eat.

“Mathison Hall is a place for students,” says Jim Dewald, dean of the Haskayne School of Business. “They are hard-working, resilient and dedicated. Mathison Hall will become a place where they’ll not only gain an education, but a place where they’ll celebrate their wins and form lifelong friendships.

“And I can’t wait for them to be in this great new space.”

Learn more about Mathison Hall and how you can get involved.