About Us 

The Atlantic Schools of Business (ASB) Conference is one of Canada’s longest running academic business conferences which attracts about 100 academics annually from institutions from the East Coast, across Canada and internationally.

ASB encourages submission in a diversity of functional areas related to business administration, including (but not limited to) Finance, Accounting, Business & Organization History, Leadership, Marketing, Employee Relations, Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Management Education, Entrepreneurship, Tourism, and more. The venue is sympathetic to research from a variety of philosophical traditions, including but not limited to positivist (mainstream), critical, postmodern, poststructural, postcolonial, or feminist. Above all, the ASB conference heartily welcomes scholarly submissions that are in various stages of development, whether in early or later stages of formulation.

The conference typically takes place over three days during the last weekend of September (note that the 2021 conference will take place only on Friday, September 24 online). The Friday afternoon is usually devoted to a lively doctoral consortium with the evening dedicated to a welcome reception at the hosting university. Saturday and Sunday are reserved for scholarly paper presentations, PDWs and symposia. A banquet dinner including an awards reception takes place on the Saturday evening. Individual awards are given for Best Overall Conference Paper, and Best Student Paper. Institutional awards including the Research Excellence Award and a Best Overall Performance Award allocated to deserving universities.

Those who attend ASB for the first time consistently describe it as welcoming, unique, and fun. Please consider submitting your scholarly papers, symposia and professional development workshop proposals to this developmental and friendly venue

ASB Renewal

The ASB Executive was established by the Deans/Directors of the Atlantic Schools of Business at a meeting held at the 2004 ASB conference. The goal of the Deans was to provide a structure that would enhance the role of the Atlantic Schools of Business Conference both regionally and nationally. Continuity between conferences was seen as critical to achieve this and so the ASB Executive was formed. 

The activities of the executive are designed to enhance the long term health and scholarly prospects of the Atlantic Schools of Business conference. To do this the executive is taking steps to foster a sense of organization and continuity through an increased presence and visibility between the annual conferences. This web-site is one of the ways we hope to meet this goal. The executive is putting processes in place to maintain the ASB conference organizational memory in order to support the ASB overall as well as facilitate the conduct of future conferences. One of the ways we hope to achieve this is through the authoring of a history of the ASB (see below), and through the design and implementation of a searchable archive of materials and proceedings associated with the ASB conferences to be made available on this website.

In addition, the executive is identifying and recruiting university sponsors/hosts for our future conferences and to work closely with them to develop and promote these conferences; providing as much assistance as possible (or as required) throughout the year leading up to the conference itself. As part of this process we have sought out volunteers and organized a structure of interest chairs, whose role is to oversee the reviewing and acceptance of papers for the forthcoming conference(s). The executive will also oversee the regular election of all offices (executive members and interest chairs) at the annual general meeting of the ASB conference itself.

ASB History Project

One of the longest surviving business education conferences in Canada, the ASB has operated for 35 years without a standing organization or membership. Despite the success in operating an annual conference throughout all this time, there remains no formal history associated with the ASB. Commencing with the 35th conference the ASB Executive started a project to develop a history (or histories) of the ASB. Papers on the history of the ASB have been presented at each conference since. If you would be interested in taking part – either by undertaking research into an aspect of the history or by providing information needed to make the history of ASB we’d be glad to hear from you. Please contact: Albert J. Mills at albert.mills@smu.ca

Executive

The ASB Executive was established by the Deans/Directors of the Atlantic Schools of Business at a meeting held at the 2004 ASB conference. The goal of the Deans was to provide a structure that would enhance the role of the Atlantic Schools of Business Conference both regionally and nationally. Continuity between conferences was seen as critical to achieve this and so the ASB Executive was formed.

The activities of the executive are designed to enhance the long term health and scholarly prospects of the Atlantic Schools of Business conference. To do this the executive is taking steps to foster a sense of organization and continuity through an increased presence and visibility between the annual conferences. This web-site is one of the ways we hope to meet this goal. The executive is putting processes in place to maintain the ASB conference organizational memory in order to support the ASB overall as well as facilitate the conduct of future conferences. One of the ways we hope to achieve this is through the authoring of a history of the ASB (see below), and through the design and implementation of a searchable archive of materials and proceedings associated with the ASB conferences to be made available on this web-site.

In addition, the executive is identifying and recruiting university sponsors/hosts for our future conferences and to work closely with them to develop and promote these conferences; providing as much assistance as possible (or as required) throughout the year leading up to the conference itself. As part of this process we have sought out volunteers and organized a structure of interest chairs, whose role is to oversee the reviewing and acceptance of papers for the forthcoming conference(s). The executive will also oversee the regular election of all offices (executive members and interest chairs) at the annual general meeting of the ASB conference itself.

Gary Evans

Gary Evans

University of Prince Edward Island

Chair, ASB 2021

Gabrielle Durepos

Gabrielle Durepos

Mount Saint Vincent University

Member at Large

Terrance Weatherbee

Terrance Weatherbee

Acadia University

VP Communications

Albert J Mills

Albert J Mills

Saint Mary's University

Executive Director

Alidou Ouedraogo

Alidou Ouedraogo

Université de Moncton

Member at Large

Mary Beth Doucette

Mary Beth Doucette

Cape Breton University

Co-Past President

John Fiset

John Fiset

Saint Mary's University

Member at Large

Daphne Rixon

Daphne Rixon

Saint Mary's University

VP Finance

Jean Helms Mills

Jean Helms Mills

Saint Mary's University

Secretary

Donna Sears

Donna Sears

Acadia University

Member at Large

Mary Jane Morrison

Mary Jane Morrison

Cape Breton University

Co-Past President