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screen grab of video conferenceMembers of the MBA Class of 1970 celebrated the 50th anniversary of their graduation by toasting each other over Zoom on Dec. 9. From left to right, (top row) George Rapaich, Kelly Gosselin, Jim Chambers, Mitch Fields; (middle row) Barb and Phil Payne, Tom and Jan Knowlton, Rodney and Jill Weber, David Wilson; (bottom) Jamie Wallace.

MBA class gathers online for 50th reunion celebration

Members of the MBA Class of 1970 celebrated the 50th anniversary of their graduation by toasting each other over Zoom on Dec. 9.

Mitch Fields, dean of the Odette School of Business, hosted alumni, their spouses, and one of the class’s favourite teachers, professor emeritus David A. Wilson.

Although it had been many years since some of the members had last seen each other, it didn’t take long for them to reconnect and start to share their fond memories of their time together.

Tom Knowlton (MBA 1970), noted that a planned reunion had been cancelled due to COVID-19, but the video link still brought the former classmates together.

“A lively and enthusiastic recollection of our time at the university and tracing our lives since graduation resulted, highlighted by an appreciation of our education at the university and how Dave Wilson actually touched all our individual lives in an impactful and sustained way,” he said.

Dr. Fields called the event a resounding success.

“While these challenging times prevent us from being together to celebrate these types of milestones with our fellow alumni, I was thrilled that we could share in this moment,” he said.

Also celebrating a milestone anniversary this year is the Bachelor of Commerce class of 1970, which plans to celebrate its 50th anniversary in person in 2021.

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