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The Desmarais Building, the new home of the Telfer School of Management, is a state-of-the-art learning facility located in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Students take advantage of technologies built right into the lecture halls, labs, and conference rooms –all specially designed to enhance their learning experience. Our cutting edge facilities help prepare students to meet the challenges of the business world, and place researchers at the frontier of management research.

Bounded by Laurier Avenue, Waller and Nicholas streets, it is located in the North-West section of the main University of Ottawa campus.

Explore the ways that our new facilities revolutionize life at the Telfer School of Management. It starts here.


55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario  K1N 6N5

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Paul Desmarais

Paul Desmarais Construction of this new facility was made possible in part by a generous $15-million contribution from Mr. Paul Desmarais Sr., a graduate of the Telfer School of Management (B.Com '50). This flagship building serves as an important educational centre for students, faculty and staff. The Desmarais Building reflects the University's overall commitment to creating better quality learning environments for students.

Mr. Desmarais, his father Jean-Noel, his wife Jacqueline, and many other members of the Desmarais family are proud alumni of the University of Ottawa. He also served as honorary chair of the university's VISION campaign in the 1990s and honorary chair of the $226-million Campaign for Canada's university. The University of Ottawa is proud to reflect Canadian values shared by the Desmarais family: integrity, education and the promotion of the French language in Canada and understanding between all its citizens.

“Our family's commitment reflects our happy association with the University of Ottawa for more than four generations. We are most proud to be able to contribute to investing in the future of this outstanding institution”, said Mr. Paul Desmarais Sr.

“The University of Ottawa is honoured to have the Desmarais name associated with one of its most impressive buildings on campus”, said Gilles Patry, President of the University of Ottawa. One of Canada's most prominent business leaders, Mr. Desmarais will continue to inspire the next generation of students.

Paul Desmarais passed away October 8, 2013 at age 86.

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