At a time when the world economy is pulsing with vibrant entrepreneurial energy, the Brandeis International Business School (IBS) is proud to dedicate the Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship. The Asper Center will serve as Brandeis' platform to probe and understand the key trends affecting entrepreneurship across cultures and borders. It will provide an array of learning experiences through courses, seminars and conferences, internships, business plan competitions, field visits and meetings with global entrepreneurs.
The Center was established by Leonard J. Asper '86, President of CanWest Global Communications, Canada's largest media conglomerate. His generosity led to the creation of the Asper Forum and Entrepreneurship Award in 2004.
Leonard J. Asper '86
President of CanWest Global Communications
Leonard Asper is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of CanWest Global Communications Corp., Canada's leading international media company. The Company's holdings include: Global Television - a national Canadian broadcasting network, several other independent television stations and cable channels and 13 major city daily newspapers in Canada, making it the country's largest publisher. CanWest also owns and operates television networks, radio stations and outdoor advertising businesses in New Zealand, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.
Mr. Asper received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University in Boston, MA in 1986. Leonard graduated from the University of Toronto Law School in 1989 and has been a member of the Ontario Bar since 1991.
Dedication of the Center and 2006 Asper Award Recipients
In April 2006, IBS dedicated the Asper Center on Global Entrepreneurship and recognized the leadership team of Firaxis Games as winners of the 2006 Asper Entrepreneurship Award. The Asper Award was given to the leaders of Firaxis Games-Jeffrey Briggs, Sid Meier and Jonathan Plutzik '76. Firaxis is a world renowned game development studio and makers of the game "Civilization" which has been called the "Greatest Computer Strategy Game of All-Time" by Time magazine. The award honors their outstanding success in the global marketplace through development of creative products that span geographic and cultural boundaries, integration of technology, marketing and business strategy, uncommon attention to detail and execution, and exemplary corporate citizenship. The day also featured a lively panel discussion lead by Wall Street Journal columnist Walter Mossberg '69 as well as a "Global Civilization Tournament."
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Jeffrey Briggs, Walter Mosberg '69 and Jonathan Plutzik '76