Langley, British Columbia—Trinity Western University has received an early Christmas gift. Com Pro Business Solutions in Surrey, B.C., and Sharp Electronics of Canada, based in Mississauga, Ont., recently presented TWU and its new School of Business with a cheque for $90,000.
“The business future is changing,” says Mitch Clancey, president of Com Pro Business Solutions, a distributor of Sharp Electronics equipment. “Having new ideas, fresh marketing concepts and business strategies can make the difference between being an average business or being an industry leader. Business and education need to work together in order to be successful. It just makes sense.”
As a part of the donation, Sharp and Com Pro have funded a boardroom in the building that houses TWU’s new School of Business. In turn, business students at TWU may one day serve in technology, advertising, market research, business development or sales and marketing sectors for companies such as Sharp Electronics of Canada or Com Pro Business Solutions.
“We realize that students must have practical experience in addition to a solid business education to be leaders in the business world,” says Kevin Sawatsky, dean of TWU’s School of Business. “Sharp and Com Pro have indicated that they’re willing to facilitate co-operative education and mentoring opportunities with our students, and we’re excited for this.”
Clancey adds, “As a local company, we see the School of Business as an additional resource that can benefit the corporate community on many levels. Corporations will always be in need of qualified, quality people, and in turn, these people will always be in search of quality corporations, as they complete their education.”
Students and staff at TWU are already being served by Com Pro Business Solutions, one of the fastest growing office and equipment service providers in the Lower Mainland. The partnership has provided 22 new Sharp copier machines on TWU’s Langley campus.
“These are high-quality copiers that will help improve the quality of work and service that we can provide on our campus,” says Paul Weme, director of development at TWU. “We’re impressed by Com Pro’s great customer service and Sharp’s sound equipment. They’re right on par with Trinity Western’s commitment to excellence.”
It is the common vision of Com Pro Business Solutions, Sharp Electronics and TWU’s new School of Business that has made this partnership a natural fit.
“Because of our shared commitment to quality and integrity, Com Pro Business Solutions and Sharp Electronics of Canada want to align ourselves with Trinity Western University’s School of Business,” says Clancey.
A portion of the donation from Sharp Electronics and Com Pro Business Solutions will also fund TWU’s athletics programs.
Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,000 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.
Last Updated: 2012-08-21