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About the Scholarship

This scholarship fund was created by the Telfer School of Management to honour Professor Peter Koppel’s 27 years of service to students and the academic community and recognize the lasting impact he has had on tens of thousands of students throughout his career. The scholarship recognizes a student who has exemplified academic achievement, social responsibility, and involvement in the community in their first year at the Telfer School of Management.

To Make a Donation

Donate online with Visa or MasterCard. Select “Peter and Ann Koppel Scholarship for Excellence” from the drop down menu.

You may also contact Roxanne Chénier at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 613-562-5800 x 4760

About Peter Koppel

In 1984 Professor Koppel entered the teaching profession on a full-time basis after thirteen years in the financial services industry. Having taught on a part-time basis prior to 1984, he began to realize that his true passion in life was not sitting in an office, but rather in the academic community where he felt he could truly make a difference in peoples’ lives. He left his senior management role and entered academia. For twenty-seven years, Professor Koppel taught at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. He instructed over 60,000 students, consistently maintaining one of the highest evaluation rankings from students in the School and was named by MacLean’s Magazine as one of the University’s best liked professors for eight consecutive years. In 2007 he was named one of the finalists in TV Ontario’s Lecturer of the Year Award Competition in the Province of Ontario.

In addition to his full-time teaching, Professor Koppel served as the Director of the Undergraduate Program at the Telfer School of Management for thirteen years and served eight years as the School’s Assistant Dean of Student Services. He established the Telfer School’s Mentorship Program for its first-year students, designed to ease the transition for students from high school into university life. He created a Teaching Assistant Program to assist students in first and second year Management courses. He was one of the founders of the local chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the honour society of AACSB accredited management schools, and helped launch the Mindtrust Leadership Program held in partnership with Carleton University and the National Leadership Challenge.

In addition to the above programs, he was the cofounder and vision behind the Telfer School of Management’s student funded Career Centre which has been actively assisting students in the development of their careers for over a decade.  

Professor Koppel felt strongly about developing a well-rounded management graduate. He stressed the need for the manager to understand the dynamic environment within which he/she will do business. Ethics and social responsibility, honour, integrity, and trust were all values he professed. While encouraging his students to be involved in community and social issues, he himself was actively involved with CASCO both on the stage and behind the scenes. As the management students’ charitable organization,  CASCO’s annual show raises funds for CHEO. He served on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Youth Centre, and sat on the Province of Ontario’s Courts Management Board and as a member of the selection committee for Justices of the Peace. He was also active in teaching senior police administrators from all over the world for fifteen years at the Canadian Police College.

Professor Peter Koppel passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2013 leaving his wife Ann Koppel to honour his legacy.

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